It can be easy to neglect our emotional and physical health. We often get caught up in the whirlwind of responsibilities and put our well being on the backseat. However, with 94% of millennials reportedly prioritizing personal development, more people are starting to yearn for a more balanced lifestyle. One of the ways we can do this is through building healthy habits. They are key to improving your wellbeing and living a fulfilled, happy life.
It may seem complicated, but really, it’s simple. As humans, we are constantly creating habits. From the moment we wake up, to when we get ready for bed, we naturally build a routine. But have you ever thought about how we can use this to our advantage?
In our previous blog, we have spoken about how humans are creatures of habit. Once we start putting conscious effort into creating healthier lifestyle choices, we can really begin to thrive.
What is the science behind building healthy habits?
Here comes the science. Habits are formed through the creation and strengthening of neural pathways in the brain. When we repeat a behaviour consistently, such as going for a run or eating nutritious meals, the neural connections associated with that behaviour become more efficient. This process is called neuroplasticity. Over time, these strengthened neural pathways make the habit more automatic and require less conscious effort to perform.
So to put it simpler terms, the more you repeat a behaviour, the more likely it will turn into a habit.
How can I start building healthy habits?
- Understand the importance of Healthy Habits
Habits shape our lives. They are the autopilot settings that influence our behaviours, decisions, and ultimately, our overall well-being. By recognizing their power, we can harness habits to our advantage. Remember, healthy habits are not formed overnight, but with patience and dedication, they can become ingrained in your lifestyle.
- Start small and Be Consistent
Start Small and Be Consistent: One of the keys to successful habit-building is starting small. Focus on one habit at a time, making it easier to integrate into your routine. For example, if your goal is to exercise regularly, begin with short, manageable workouts and gradually increase their intensity. Consistency is key – aim for regular practice rather than sporadic bursts of effort.
- Make it Enjoyable
Building healthy habits doesn’t have to be a chore. Find activities that you genuinely enjoy and align with your interests. For example, if you’re looking to build confidence, try creative vision boards or positive affirmations. When you enjoy what you do, it becomes easier to sustain the habit and find pleasure in the process.
Creating healthy habits can be fun and extremely rewarding. By starting small and being consistent, you can start living a healthier, balanced lifestyle.
How can The Women’s Organisation help me?
We are running a ‘Building Healthy Habits’ workshop in August for those in the Liverpool city region looking to establish and maintain healthy habits that support overall wellbeing.