Listen to “Forming New Micro Habits for Better Wellbeing”.
What are micro habits? As the name implies, micro habits are more sustainable, smaller-scale habits that feel a lot more accessible.
Micro-habits are effective because they are easy to adopt, which prevents us from making excuses not to follow them.
Changing your life’s entire structure is unrealistic and generally doesn’t work, as there’s just too much to overcome. But, if you can pick one or two simple practices that can easily be achieved, you will align yourself for success. For example, if you want to become a runner, start by taking a jog around your block once a day instead of attempting a full mile.
Most of the good things in life come with a degree of discipline, and often the greater the change, the greater the obstacles which stand in your way.
Micro Habits are Rewarding
Manageable micro habits can help you to minimise self-criticism and gain a sense of achievement and fulfilment. Just the simple act of keeping a promise to yourself is rewarding — no matter how small it may be.
By keeping changes small and expectations low, you can design your micro habits around motivation and willpower. Common sense and personal experience tell us that small steps get us to faraway places. The key is to consistently take those small steps in the same direction.
You may have heard that it takes 21 days to build a new habit. In truth, it can take anything from 18 days to 8 months, depending on what you’re trying to change. On average, it takes 2 months to form a habit, so don’t be hard on yourself if it feels like you’re not making much progress in the short term. Once a habit becomes part of your routine, you’ll do it without even thinking about it, just like brushing your teeth.
The simple lesson I learned is to practice simple habits connected to goals and do them every day. You can create a habit list to track whether what you wanted to do, is what you did.
- A glass of water first thing in the morning
- A daily walk for at least 30 mins
- Two workouts a week
- Going to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual
- Take 5-10 minutes of silence/meditation daily
- Eat a veggie-based meal one time a day
- Avoid processed or packaged foods
Choose 2 things from the list and try implementing them daily. You can check steps you have taken daily or add meditation or workout time into the DeepH app. It’s easy to use and enables you to quickly and efficiently track your daily routines and energy levels.