The importance of forming good habits

by Katrina Bhowruth, on 17/06/21 19:51

Living a happy and healthy life is about knowing who you want to be and taking small steps to develop new habits to get you there. The journey to creating new, healthy habits can be bumpy at times as you may forget or simply can’t be bothered, but here are 5 reasons why it’s important to develop good habits.

1. You are the sum of your habits

A habit is something you do regularly without thinking about it. They can be good, like going to bed early each night, eating 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day, or taking time out to de-stress at the end of the day. Or they can be bad, such as checking your phone before you get out of bed each morning, grabbing something quick and unhealthy for breakfast or slumping down in front of the TV way past your bedtime.   

2. Habits can be changed

The good thing about habits is that they can be changed. Changing bad habits can often be extremely difficult, especially if you have been doing them for years. But the trick is to start small and make the change manageable. Perhaps set yourself milestones to work towards. Research says that it takes a minimum of 21 days to start a new habit, and once you get past this point it’ll get easier to stick with.

3. You can reach your goals with good habits

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is achieving a long-held goal. The journey to achieving your goal is to establish regular habits that point you in the right direction. For example, if you want to run a marathon, you wouldn’t just lace up your trainers and start running the full 26 miles. You’d start small by building up the training mile by mile and also change your diet to give you more energy and strengthen your muscles.

4. Habits set the pattern for your life

Since you are the sum of your habits, then whatever you follow, whether good or bad, will ultimately determine the outcome of your life. If you get into the habit of eating a balanced, nutritious diet and exercising regularly you will enjoy living a healthy life. Whatever your goal, set yourself up for success by creating the habits that will get you there.

5. Habits are easier than motivation

It can be challenging to keep yourself motivated everyday to eat healthily, do exercise or stop yourself from being distracted at work. But when these habits eventually become part of your natural routine you will eventually do them without thinking. 

Getting into good habits will help you for the rest of your life. It won't always be easy, but with the right mindset and focus, you'll get there.