When you are busy creating new habits to improve your life, remember that you are the one in control of choosing the new habit. Not only are you in control but you can choose one for each area of your life. This may sound overwhelming or maybe even selfish. You are the only one that can make the change in your life.
You don’t have to be restricted to just healthy habits or just regular daily habits. There are many different types of habits that will benefit you greatly. Start small and stay consistent. You will be amazed at where you can be in a week, month, or year from now. Check out Three Ways to Make Positive Habit Change in Menopause.
Where to Start With Habit Change
Before creating your first new habit, think of where in your life you are falling behind. This doesn’t mean you are an outright failure, but just an area of your life where you don’t focus as much attention as the other areas of your life. Most people have at least one.
This might mean you work hard but neglect your health. Or you eat very healthy, but you have trouble saving money. You may not get enough sleep because you are always distracted at night. Before moving on to other habits, this can tell you what areas need improving.
What Do You Complain About the Most?
Another way to figure out where your new habits should start is based on what you tend to complain about. Think about the last time you complained to someone or yourself about what isn’t going your way, or what isn’t working in your life. Do you complain that you are always late to work? What about the fact that your bills are late or your clothes don’t fit? Are you frustrated because you never have enough time to get everything done?
These are good signs of where your habits should start. Remember that habits form fairly easily over time if actions are done consistently. Read more about habit formation in this article by the National Institutes of Health.
How Do You Pick Up a New Habit?
Remember that even if you come up with a list of new habits to form in your life, you still want to start with just one at a time. Even if you have 5 small habits for the same result, you want to start with just one of them before moving on to the next. Perhaps you can purchase a journal with a calendar or incorporate a checklist into your existing journal. I enjoy this one to help me keep track of what I want to accomplish — journal.
This can help remind you that you want to incorporate small, consistent habit change into your day and you can log your results to keep you motivated. Read more at my blog post on positive habit change.
Time For a New Habit
How do you know it is time to develop a new habit? When the last one you created is something you don’t even have to think about anymore. That is when you know you are ready for the next habit. Everyone has habits each day of their life, even if you don’t realize it. They aren’t always something you constantly think about. It might be your cup of coffee in the morning or the way you drive to work. What you want to do now is create new habits that will further improve your health and your life.
Reach out if you want to discuss how to improve your habits while navigating changing hormones!
I’m a registered nurse for over 24 years with a Masters Degree in Nursing (Education). I am also a Certified Women’s Health Coach specializing in helping women navigate changing hormones in their 30s and beyond after my own difficult experience through menopause. I believe women should truly thrive in midlife and not just survive!