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Well Life Presentation — Building Habits and Routines

This presentation will review habits and routines, as well as provide tips and tricks on how to build healthy routines and habits.

What is a habit?

 A habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, which is typically hard to give up. Another definition is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Habits can be health promoting or harmful.

How a Habit Forms

Habits form when a new behavior is implemented into our life. As we repeat that behavior a feedback loop forms and that behavior is grouped with others in our brain. Once it is stored and we continue to repeat the behavior, then it becomes a habit

Tips for Developing Habits

A few tips for developing a new habit include:

●       Write it down

●       Be specific

●       Reward yourself

●       Focus on one change at a time

●       Find someone to hold you accountable

●       Establish a routine

Habit Stacking

Habit stacking is when you identify a current habit that you already do daily, then stack a new behavior you want to implement with that pre-existing habit. This is one of the most effective ways to build a new habit.  Remember you must still be specific!

What is a routine?

A routine is a repeated behavior involving a momentary time commitment to a task. It  requires dedication and motivation to implement, and then eventually it will require less conscious thought.

Types of Routines

There are two types of routines. It is important to find a balance of both in our daily routines.

  • Primary – priorities; life-sustaining (eating, sleeping, and hygiene)
  • Secondary – leisure and social activities

Benefits of Building Routines

 There are many benefits of building healthy, daily routines, some of which include:

  • Reduces stress
  • Better sleep
  • Better health
  • Higher productivity
  • More creative

Identity Change

Change happens when you see yourself as a person who has a particular routine that you are proud of. The habit is a daily workout and it’s what you do, but the healthier person is who you are! Your habits shape your identity!

Sample Resources

Here are a few sample resources to provide examples of building healthy habits and routines.

Monthly Habit Tracker (An Example)

Here is an example of a monthly habit tracker for November. There is a habit intended to be implemented and a reward in writing, which relates to the habit.

Weekly Routine (An example)

Here is an example of a weekly routine for Sunday-Saturday from 6AM-10PM. It can be customized for what fits best with your schedule. If you have something written down, you are more likely to stick to it!