replacing habits

Bad habits. Ugh, we all have at least one.

The thing about habits is that they affect all parts of our lives, not just our personal or home life. Habits–good and bad–impact how efficient, and ultimately, successful we are in many ways.

Overcoming bad habits and replacing them with better, more rewarding ones can be a challenge. But, being aware of a change that needs to happen is the first step to establish better, more effective habits.

One thing that you can do is to make a substitution from one habit to another.  In this article we give five examples for replacing habits.

  1. Replace hours of Netflix marathons for a few hours of extra needed sleep. On an average, we need around 7 hours of sleep for our bodies to be able to function.  Sleep is so important to weight loss/maintenance, brain function and simply being happy.
  2. Replace fast food with healthier, home-cooked food. Unless you are doing extensive research on what you are ordering from a fast food restaurant, it is very likely you can make a similar meal at home. You are not only saving money (have you ever added up your monthly take-out expenses?), you’re saving a lot of extra calories, too.
  3. Replace toxic people/ friends in your life with positive mentors. This one is one of my favorites and a habit that I have adopted over the past three years. Being surrounded by positive and helpful people can greatly impact your outlook on many different things in your life.
  4. Replace watching a half-hour of TV (negative news, infomercials, etc.) with a half-hour of exercise. You will be astonished at how much more energy you have after 30 minutes of exercise.  The endorphins that are released will make you feel pretty great.
  5. Replace overthinking with ACTION. This is a biggie! When your brain goes into overdrive and spends time dwelling on the what could happen or what didn’t happen, you’ll “go down a rabbit hole” leading to a negative mindset. The truth is, the scenarios that your brain has created most likely will never happen. The fix: take action and take control of the situation. Be the one in charge of your thoughts and the driver of the outcome.

Now is the time to decide to change some of your habits and set realistic goals for yourself. But do not fret… changing poor habits does not happen overnight. According to research reported in this Insider article, it takes 18-254 days to break a bad habit.  

So get going. BE PATIENT and believe in yourself.