3 Steps to Creating New Habits -
Let’s talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a “good” habit can be a little more challenging.
This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more, taking a supplement, and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work related, or spiritual, or… There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits.
Let’s break it down into a three step process that makes it easy to follow until we’ve internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit – something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth.
Decide What You Want To Do
The first step is to decide what you want that new habit to be. Be as specific as possible. Don’t just tell yourself you want to have more turmeric in my diet. Instead say something like “I will drink my tumeric every single day”. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it, is half the battle.
Remind Yourself To Get It Done
The next few days should be smooth sailing. You’re motivated and excited to get this done. Sticking to your new habit isn’t an issue. But a few days in you’ll notice that it’s easy to slip back into old habits.
Maybe it’s an early day after a long night and you don’t really want to mix up your drink. Or maybe your day just gets away from you. This is when it’s important to have a daily reminder. Set an alert on your phone or add the new habit to your daily to-do list for a while.
Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit
Which brings us to the last step. It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on daily reminders.
Make that daily drink part of your after dinner routine, or change from grabbing a soda at the vending machine at work in the morning to packing your drink.
Decide to create the new habit, practice the routine until it’s second nature and you’ll be well on your way to forming a new good habit.
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[RECIPE] Balsamic Vinaigrette Made Easy
- ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- 2 tsp of mustard (Dijon is often preferred)
Additional Ingredients: (The following should be used only when desired.)
- Chives and sage – or other favorite complimentary herbs
- Finely chopped shallot of ginger root
(Please note that many find garlic to be incompatible with balsamic vinegar.)
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic, mustard, salt, pepper.
- Add the oil and whisk thoroughly to combine. Continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified.
- Store in a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Shake well before serving.