The Secret to Making Positive Habits Stick

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Whether it’s cozying up with an inspiring new book or journaling while sipping on a cup of tea, I find that the spring’s a great time to go within and nurture new possibilities.

When you nurture your heart and mind by paying attention to them, you also show up stronger for the people you care about most.

Making enjoyable self-care habits a part of your day is the key to year-round wellness.

And I don’t know about you…but I find that sticking to healthy routines can be tough sometimes. When life seems to get too busy, it can be hard to make time for self-care.

That’s why today I wanted to share a few tips to make sticking to positive routines simple.

First, here are 3 ideas for daily habits to keep your mind, body, and spirit feeling great.

Mind 

  • Meditate
  • Read inspirational or uplifting content
  • Do something outside of your comfort zone

Body

  • Drink lots of water
  • Get plenty of veggies and fruits
  • Exercise in a way that brings you joy

Spirit

  • Journal
  • Connect with an old friend
  • Count your blessings

Now, here’s the question you’re probably asking…

“How do I actually stick to doing even 2 of these things when I have so much on my plate Erin?”

Here’s the secret…

It’s called habit stacking

This technique has been endorsed by several personal growth experts including James Clear, author of Atomic Habits.

Here’s how it works: 

Instead of attempting to make large changes to your routine throughout the day, you stack small changes on top of one another. You group tiny positive habits together in one continuous time period. 

That way you just have ONE routine that flows naturally. 

So here’s an example of how you can try habit stacking right after waking up.

This one routine can energize you for the rest of the day AND can take as little as 30 minutes total.

POWERFUL MORNING ROUTINE THAT STACKS POSITIVE HABITS

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1. Wake up and express gratitude for 3 things. Having the health to get out of bed counts!

2. Drink a whole glass of water…even better with freshly squeezed lemon.

3. Journal and release frustrations from yesterday (maybe in a notebook nobody will see).

4. Meditate. Either in silence or listen to a guided meditation.

5. Stretch or exercise for a few minutes. BONUS? Do it while listening to an uplifting podcast or audiobook. So you nurture your body and mind at once!

I invite you to give yourself a time limit on this 5-step routine and try it out for a week. See how different you feel afterwards. 

And if it works for you, then make it part of your mornings even if it means having to wake up a few minutes earlier…your mind, body, and soul will thank you!

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