Do you have some good habits that you want to cultivate and some bad habits that you want to get rid of? I know I sure do.

Habits are just actions repeated over time that become subconscious. For example, drinking coffee first thing in the morning, putting the TV on as soon as you get home after work, or hanging your keys in the same spot every time you close the door.

To change a bad habit or habits takes time and conscious effort, but once a new action becomes a habit, you likely won’t pay it much attention anymore. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, even a slight shift in routine can lead to amazing results down the road.

If having a sugary snack after dinner has become a habit you want to break, try replacing that habit with a new, healthier habit.

Perhaps after dinner you might decide that now you’re going to go for a 10 minute walk instead of grabbing for that snack. This new habit helps you get out of the place where the sugary snack is (as long as you keep it at home), it helps you refocus your attention, and it trains your mind to think of something else instead of the snack.

Keep up this new habit for long enough (not usually very long) until it becomes a new “good” habit, replacing the old habit of reaching for the snack. The next step would be training yourself avoid having the sugary snacks in the house at all, but take baby steps… start with something a little smaller and work your way up.

“Making a choice that is 1 percent better or 1 percent worse seems insignificant in the moment, but over the span of moments that make up a lifetime these choices determine the difference between who you are and who you could be” James Clear – Atomic Habits.

Check out this 3 min Ted talk on how to change your life by implementing a new habit every 30 days.

Would you like more info on how to change habits? Check out Dr. Laina’s article in CanadianLiving or watch this fun 3 min Ted talk on how small changes lead to HUGE results.