Habits don’t require motivation to do
As habits are mental shortcuts learned from experience. Even when your motivation is low, you’ve become so used to doing it that you’ll probably end up doing it anyway.
Habits can create momentum for the rest of the day
Sometimes the most difficult part of getting work done is just to…start. So the easiest actions you can perform, habits, are the easiest source of motivation that can set up the rest of your day!
Even if you only make 1% improvements each time you do complete a habit, you are still guaranteed to improve. Break down big habits into smaller ones and make them very, very easy. As you get better, gradually increase the difficulty, knowing that even if you don’t, you’ll still be on track to building that habit.
Habits are versatile
Want to develop a better studying habit, pick up a new skill or get into the habit of reminding yourself to take time to relax? Developing new habits can help you achieve those goals because they reduce the decision making and motivation you need to do those things.
So how do habits actually work? Habits are essentially made up of 4 steps:
And therefore, to change your behaviour/create a habit…
If you don’t have a good idea of what habits you want to develop just yet, here are a few mental health & self care habits. We’ve selected a few that can help you relax with all the stress relating to your busy lifestyle!
Make time for things you enjoy e.g., painting
Stay hydrated e.g., drinking a glass of water every morning
Being active e.g., taking a walk between study sessions
Practising mindfulness e.g., meditation