I believe habits can influence our routine a lot, but they are not the same thing. When we change our habits it can have a positive or negative affect on our routine.
As long as we know this we can create a routine to help us change our habits.
To understand more of what I am trying to say, please read until the end.
If you are open to making breakfast a new habit for your morning routine, try out this recipe for a fried (or poached) egg sandwich. I have never been much of a breakfast person, but since I started working night shifts eating in the morning has been the highlight in my long days. You can change anything you’d like to fit your preferences, keep in mind I don’t write professional recipes, this is just a guide to what my taste buds find delicious.
Before writing a post about this I caught myself thinking what are my habits? I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I know my strongest habit is smoking weed. The second I would say is emotional eating, and to keep the list short, the last habit I struggle with would be procrastinating. Now I have to confirm my habits simply because no one else will do that for me, and if they tried to I would become defensive as would you. We want to protect ourselves by keeping our routines personal and close to us. We are the only ones who live our life right? So we have to confront these habits eventually whether they are “good or bad” and learn to accept them for what they are. This does not mean we can’t change our habits. I strongly believe being aware of our habits is the very first step to changing them at all. Once you can get control over your habits, you can slowly change your routine to improve your well-being.
Once you pick a habit up it can be hard to put down. I believe this happens once your habit(s) become apart of your daily routine. For most people, breakfast is something apart of their routine. Everyday when they wake up, they eat something. Doesn’t have to be a full meal, but they have incorporated some snack into the morning of their day. I had trouble getting my morning habit to become breakfast, but after a while of eating in the morning, I realized it quickly my morning routine. My routine changed once I had a handle on my habits. Although I was able to handle that one habit; breakfast. My daily routine was still inconsistent and I could tell my well-being became unstable because of it.
To build a healthy routine, you have to be aware of how the habits you have are affecting you. If you do not seem to care how they affect you, how do they affect the people around you? How do your routine affect the ones you love? It could be possible your morning routine is spending over an hour in the bathroom just to do it again at night, spending all that time getting ready for what? I can understand it is a habit, bleeding badly into your morning routine.
Thinking of an old friend with siblings, I know if you have a big family they wouldn’t appreciate all the time you spend in the bathroom, especially in the morning when most people need to relieve themselves and don’t have a bathroom for every person. I’m starting to ramble on routine here, but it is important because your well-being is affected.
Whether your bathroom habits are healthy or not, when others become emotionally involved in your daily routine, you should be aware that your routine is no longer affected your well-being. It’s affecting the whole houses well-being and how you get along. This is just one example of how our own individual habits can affect our well-being and others everyday. So how can we get a handle on our routine, well, you have to go back to square one. What are your habits? When/where do these habits take place in your daily routine, if they happen to get there?
OUR OVERALL WELL-BEING
As I said in the beginning of this post…
I believe habits can influence our routine a lot, but they are not the same thing. When we change our habits it can have a positive or negative affect on our routine. Vice Versa. As long as we know this we can create a routine to help us change our habits.
Being aware of our habits is the very first step to changing them at all. Even if you ignore the effect it has on you, you are aware a certain habit may not be great for you. When others become emotionally involved in your daily routine, you should be aware that your routine is no longer affected you well-being. It’s affecting the whole houses well-being and how you get along.
I feel like society forgets how connected we are through our habits. You probably have friends that share your habits, or at the very least share your likes and dislikes. This all comes back to our well-being and how we can achieve our very best well-being with our chain of habits. I like to call it a chain of habits because it reminds me that I do have control over my life. I can change how I think if smoked less weed. I can change how I feel by being aware of what I eat and when. I can improve my well-being by adding daily stretches to my routine.
All of these things will not be easy because habits are hard to change for everyone. The longer you’ve had the habit the harder it is to change. You have become used to having the well-being you have. You may feel broken and ‘unfixable.’ Or the complete opposite and don’t believe your habits are affecting you at all. Regardless, we have to accept that every little thing we do can affect those living around us. Don’t give up on the person you want to be. Don’t wait for someone to make you feel better, because you have the power to do that.
Once you can get control over your habits, you can slowly change your routine to improve your well-being.
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