For many of us, sticking to a routine is important; we take the same route to work, park in the same parking spot, eat the same foods, talk to the same people. The list goes on and on and really becomes second nature. It is estimated that you need to repeat something at least 20x for it to become part of your routine. This means whether or not the habit is good or bad, it takes repetition. Once that repetition is set, it can easily become a habit, allowing you to do without actually having to think about it.
Learning new habits or trying something new can be refreshing and may lead to trying other things. Many people have bucket lists of things they want to accomplish or see, and most require you to change something or try something new. One major key to learning new habits is to be aware of your current habits and what will need to change to get you going in the direction you want. You also want to find support from family and friends that can encourage you and support your changes.
This month’s Healthy at Tenet challenge is to Learn New Habits with these simple steps:
1. Identify the obstacle- Acknowledge that an unwanted habit exists.
2. Become mindful- Stop what you are doing when you do the unwanted habit.
3. Envision the new- Take the time to stop and envision your new habit.
4. Clear the space- Set a date to end the habit and remove anything associated with the habit.
5. Fill the void- Once you remove the unwanted habit, fill it with the new habit.
6. Surround yourself with healthy people- Support, support, and more support.
Stick with these tips from this month’s Healthy at Tenet newsletter and you will be on your way to ending unwanted habits and routines, and on your way to checking off those bucket list items you have always wanted to do.