Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite approaches to building healthy new habits: habit stacking!
Habit stacking is a great tool for so many people, especially busy people who think they do not have the time for an opportunity to change and create habits. In fact, it can be such a healthy and sustainable way to make movements in your life, it can be as consistent as the habits you can implement.
Let’s first look at what habit stacking is-the definition of it is literally reflected in the term: you create a habit by stacking it on an already consistent habit. Created by mental health expert, BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, this not only allows you to see the change earlier, it will be more accessible and memorable and therefore easier to implement into your daily life due its connection.
Why is this a good way to implement new habits? In 2007 it was reported that adults actually have fewer neurons than newborn babies – about 40% less, to be exact. Fewer neurons means less memory ability. Therefore, adding habits to previously added ones is thoughts to allow your memory to accept and consistently practice them.
How to do this depends on what you want to change. For instance, if you want to make excise part of your daily life, consider what options around your current habits could allow an additional one. For instance, why not meditate right after brushing your teeth?
After throwing off your work shoes, throw on some walking shoes and head out to the local park. You should also look at the environment around where you tentatively add habits. That will also assist your ability to keep the habit going.
To keep the healthy habits and sustainable change by habit stacking even more extensively, take a look at my book The Little Book of Game Changers: 50 Healthy Habits for Managing Stress & Anxiety.
What habits are you looking to stack?
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