Did you make a New Years’ Resolution? I didn’t.
I make them too difficult and I can’t keep them.
One year I made a resolution to exercise first thing in the morning. I think I managed one week. I am a morning person but it was just too big of a change. It felt difficult and I didn’t like it so I didn’t do it.
Then I felt guilty because I didn’t do it. Not a good scene.
Now when January comes I don’t make a New Years’ Resolution. Instead I work on little changes that become habits.
This January I was working on my water drinking habit. In the summer it’s easy for me to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water because of the weather and the warmer temperature. But in the winter I have to be really conscientious to drink my water.
I know that water is good for every cell in my body. Water improves my mood and my energy level. It flushes out toxins and helps my skin look good.
When I get the first signs of a headache I always go get a drink of water. A headache can often be avoided with a big drink of water.
Today I will tell you what I did to increase my water intake.
I like to pair a new habit with an old one.
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits says, “When it comes to building new habits, you can use the connectedness of behaviour to your advantage. One of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top. This is called habit stacking”.
I habit stack my morning shower with drinking my first glass of water.
Before I’m even dressed for the day I have made one little healthy choice.
Give it a try!
I discovered that in the winter I like to drink water that is room temperature. Refrigerated water is too cold and that makes me not want to drink it.
I really like pretty water bottles. My husband keeps telling me we don’t need anymore in the cupboard. But I’m always on the look out for a new water bottle. My pretty water bottles hold about 3 cups of water.
Do you have a pretty water bottle? If not, treat yourself to one. You will be glad you did!
Every morning I fill both of my water bottles and place them on the cupboard in plain sight.
I have some stomach issues so I don’t drink a lot of water at meal times. My water drinking takes place in between meal times. But maybe a large glass of water with each meal will work for you?
I habit stack with my afternoon coffee break too. One water bottle needs to be empty before I have my coffee break.
It really works to habit stack because “your current habits are already built into your brain. You have patterns and behaviors that have been strengthened over the years. By linking your new habits to a cycle that is already built into your brain, you make it more likely that you’ll stick to the new behaviour”.james Clear
Some people just drink 6 glasses of water a day. I lose count too easily. I prefer a measured water bottle of some type to help me keep track of how much water I am drinking.
But I get tired of drinking from those same water bottles all the time. At dinner I often pour from my measure bottle into my glass.
So what about you? What habit stacking can you do? Maybe you will use the habit stacking I use so that you drink more water too.
But I am sure we can get creative and pair an old and new habit for a healthy lifestyle change.
For February I am going to habit stack indoor walking and waiting for the microwave timer to beep. Whenever something is cooking or reheating I will walk around my home. Want to join me in this habit stacking of walking and waiting?
Today’s little step: Try habit stacking today. Put a new habit together with an existing habit.
I’d love to hear which habits you stack together!
Peace be with you,