Habits’ have been such a source of interest to me over the past few months as people have developed new ‘habits’ with lockdown and change of life.
Some habits have been super positive but the one that people are talking to me about in their consultations is the turning to snacks/ food for comfort.
One of the biggest issues seems to be turning to food for comfort, for boredom, when feeling stressed / under pressure and the list can go on.
One of the ideas in the book, #atomichabits by @jamesclear is the concept of building “identity-based habits”. This is focusing on the type of person you wish to become rather than the outcome you wish to achieve.
James Clear shares in his blog, how one reader named Roland used the idea of ‘identify based habits’ to improve his eating habits.
“I stopped eating unhealthy food via identity change. I tried many times in the past, but it became easy — natural — only after I had made the conscious decision that I want to be someone who eats healthy. Instead of aiming for I want to stop emotionally eating, I tried changing the mindset to I am someone that eats healthy and lives a healthy life. It changes how you approach things.”
I find behaviour change super interesting, maybe that is why is studied Psychology as part of my degree!
I think that we have a long road ahead of us as we come out of lockdown as we start to realise how our lives have changed. There are many fitness professionals, who are there ready to support you with your fitness and your well-being on this journey, I for one, certainly am.
Have a go at changing your mindset - make the journey about the process rather than the outcome.