Archive for May, 2012

helpful habits

May 18th, 2012

I was talking with a friend the other day about our daily habits–some more mundane and some more unusual.  I tend to be a creature of habit as many of us can be, and I believe that consistent, productive habits are the foundation to everything else.  For instance, for many years I dabbled in meditation, but it never became a consistent part of my day.  Then I enrolled in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class, and the instructor suggested a daily practice during the 8-week course.   As a result of this 56-day habit, I now have a meditation practice–imperfect as it may be, but part of my morning routine.

Daily Habits are small, constructive actions completed on a routine basis. These actions can quickly give you a sense of accomplishment and forward momentum resulting in a foundation for greater change to occur. It’s said that it takes 21 days to introduce a habit into the rhythm of our lives. What action, if taken on a regular basis, would make a difference in your life?  List the realistic action steps that you would like to integrate into your routine.

Examples: Walk 3 times a week. Take vitamins daily. Meditate for ten minutes a day.  Floss daily.  Take a weekly yoga class.  Daily journal writing. etc etc etc.