By: Arden Burrows
People are constantly trying to develop better habits. Habits can be exercising for thirty minutes every day or tidying your room once a week. One thing that’s for certain though is that habits change your life, for better or for worse.
Habits can be small and seemingly insignificant but they can have a huge impact on your life. A couple months ago, I got into the bad habit of checking my phone every time I walked into a room and saw it lying there. I would get out of the shower or get back from a run and I would immediately check my various social media outlets, email and text messages. I would be rewarded if I saw something I liked or got a nice email. I did this for while before I started to realize that I was wasting so much time on my phone. I had subconsciously developed a bad habit that was negatively altering a part of my life.
On the other hand though, habits can be positive. Through running competitively, I’ve gotten into the habit of exercising regularly. Often I don’t think about going out for a run – I just do it.
Habits are simple altercations to your life but they are difficult to change. Once I had gotten into the habit of constantly checking my phone, it was hard to stop – but how do you stop? Small changes are key here. If you start small, the task seems less daunting and you’re more likely to do it. To exercise more, try going out for a ten-minute walk a couple times per week. Telling yourself you have to go out for ten minutes sounds much better than telling yourself that you have to go run 20k.
I was talking to someone the other day and they were saying that they find it so easy to fall into bad habits like eating junk food, but find it so hard to get into good habits, like regularly exercising. Making positive changes is tough but the adjustment is worth it. People say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. So next time you want to add a good habit to your life, try it out for 21 days and see if it sticks!