How to maintain good habits

It’s fair to say that the past few weeks have been quite weird and like nothing we’ve ever experienced before, and it’s hard to keep momentum going, especially when we don’t really have an indication as to how long this will continue.

Now isn’t the time to put extra pressure on ourselves, but it’s important to try and maintain good habits and strategies that we had in place before the lockdown was enforced.  Believe me, we could all easily sack it off and wait for all of this to blow over, but where would that get us?

It’s important to remember that our good habits are completely personal to us, and we need to not compare ourselves to anyone else – lockdown is different for each and every one of us, and looking at what others are doing simply won’t do us any favours.  We have to remember that social media is only really used to spread positive messages, so it doesn’t always give a truthful view on somebody else’s life…. however much they try and convince you otherwise.

If you’re looking to make or reintroduce changes, take 10 minutes to think about changes you want to make and think about how you can make them stick.  You don’t want to spend too long because the list may become overwhelming, and there’s less chance of being able to make changes if you have too many things to tackle at once.

Out of the list pick up to 3 to work on this week. No more than 3.
Write them on your to-do list, so they’re the focus of your mind each day.
Some adjustments will be easier to stick to, and others may take a bit of time to fix into our day.
Each week you can add 1 or 2 more habits (depending on how long your original list was!), and work on getting them back into our regular schedule.

Above everything else we need to be kind to ourselves, try and do our best every single day. Some days will be better than others, and some days will just not be our day. And that’s ok.
This situation is out of our control, but it is only temporary – we may not know how long it will last, but we know it will end eventually.

Stay safe.

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