How to start setting good habits
Karl from Vitruvian Health shares what he thinks is the best way to start setting good habits.
Setting a habit can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
It’s just about working out what the 1,2,3 means. The way we look at it is: what is the one thing you can do today to have a domino effect on other areas of your life? For example, feeling tired could be a symptom of dehydration. Drink an extra litre of water for the next three days and see what happens! This could give you more energy to do more tasks at home or work – wherever you need!
Understand that whatever point you’re at now is a great place to start. In order to begin setting habits, you need to accept your state, but also analyse it fully. It’s important to understand that if we want to improve in whichever area of our lives, the most efficient, and easiest way to do so is by introducing new habits into our everyday life.
Start by asking yourself the question ‘What can I start doing today that contributes to reaching my goal in a certain period of time?’. This, more often than not, leads you to the right answer. One of the most common reasons for failure is the unreasonable need of over doing everything at once, as it leads to getting overwhelmed and then giving up. It’s all about the little steps taken consistently and therefore turned into our new habits.
When it comes to setting a habit, you need to understand that the process is very much so ‘trial and error’. Just because you were unable to stick with one habit, doesn’t mean you’ve failed! It most likely means you’ve over-complicated your changes, asking yourself to alter too many aspects of your life at once. It’s important to note, you can change your habit journey at any point of time, just make sure it works for you.
At Vitruvian Health, we do weekly reflections with our team via our check-in forms, to help one another with keeping ourselves accountable. This is translatable to your own team, or even on your own.
The question you should always ask yourself is, ‘How does introducing these small changes into my life work for me?’. An example we give to many of our clients is drinking 2-3L of water each day. This small change is not difficult to implement, but has serious benefits to the mood and wellbeing of the client.
If the client is able to stick with this goal, we advise them to keep doing it and slowly add another change (such as incorporating protein into each meal). If it didn’t, we find out why, simplify the goal and start implementing again.
At the end, hopefully you will learn more things about your body functions than previously to help you understand which habits serve you well and which don’t.
This article was provided by Vitruvian Health.