How to be more consistent
Consistency is something we all strive for, something we know that if we just had a little bit more of then we could do all the things we want to do, be all that we want to be! Dang, that's a lot of pressure on consistency but I get it.
Habits are a huge part of your life whether you are intentionally making them or not they exist. So how can we choose to be more consistent with the things that actually matter? How can we create habits that actually last and really build a healthy, full and happy life?
I recently started reading a book about habits called "Better Than Before" by Gretchen Rubin and I will give you a more of an overview once I finish but a couple things stood out to me and I wanted to share those. When we look to create new habits in our lives, especially ones regarding our health we can start off excited and gung-ho only to lose steam and feel like a failure.
That is why I wanted to share 3 tips with you so that you can more easily add new habits into your life and stick with them!
- Dial back on your goal! Often we start a habit and go 0 to 60! We never workout and now we are going 5 days a week for an hour each time or we never cook at home and now every dinner is supposed to be at home! Though you have good intentions and are excited to change, you need to start off much slower and much simpler so that the new habit is sustainable! If you want to start working out more, maybe at 10-15 minutes of movement a day or just 2-3 days a week for 20 minutes. Both of these are small and a simple way to start that feels almost silly not to achieve. You can ALWAYS build off of them but it's never fun to dial back when you realized you've over-committed yourself. If you are wanting to eat healthier, instead of cutting out a whole food group or only eating at home, choose to change one meal, like breakfast from home on weekdays, or adding veggies to lunch and dinner alongside whatever else you wanted to be eating. Try to think of small simple changes that almost feel too easy and then grow from there! This is considered the compound effect and works wonders as you create new habits!
- Add your new habit around something you already consistently do! Want to start meditating each day for 5-10 minutes, well in the morning after you brush your teeth or finish your quiet time, also add in your meditation. Adding a new habit to an already established habit makes it easier to stick too! Even more so than just saying you'll do something at a random time that day or writing in your planner. Things come up and life gets crazy but if you already have a routine in your morning or evening try to add that new habit to that routine!
- Give yourself some grace! Often we go through phases where we are super excited to change, we're finally ready for it and then a couple weeks later we are back to the same old habits or lack thereof, as before. This can be really discouraging and make us feel like we are failing! But don't let yourself go there! You might just need to come at this habit in a new way or rethink why you want this habit in the first place! You will create and drop many habits in your life so learn to be kind to yourself as you go through this process!
I hope you find these tips helpful as you aim to be more consistent and realize we all have to start somewhere! So what new habit are you going to try to add into your routine?