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Our environment has a huge influence on our actions.  It’s the universal cue that we’ve become desensitized to, because it’s always there, like the taste of water, or the smell of air.  We’ve forgotten the desires that our environment triggers.  Realizing this, we have to reform our environments to constantly serve our good habits, and never… Read More »Adjusting the Environment in Anticipation of Future Actions

Adjusting the Environment in Anticipation of Future Actions

Ever find yourself not motivated to engage in the habit you know you should be doing? Try temptation bundling. It’s putting two habits together – one of which you already like doing (i.e. watching Netflix), and another habit you should be doing (i.e. exercising). You can do this in two ways: either by performing the two habits at… Read More »Temptation Bundling – Taking Advantage of Activities You Like to Do

Temptation Bundling – Taking Advantage of Activities You Like to Do

Guilty after an unproductive day? Start your day off right by setting a productive tone for yourself. First, begin with a positive routine without putting things off. Second, follow through on your tasks by setting reasonable checkpoints.  And third, try not to insert too many rewards after you finish a habit. Instead, hold onto your momentum by habit stacking – after completing every habit, immediately complete another habit, and… Read More »Tips on Establishing a Productive Morning Routine

Tips on Establishing a Productive Morning Routine

When we think about treatments for mental illness, our minds tend to drift towards biomedical approaches and other conventional methods. However, expressive and creative writing has been long utilized as a complimentary treatment towards medical conditions such as clinical depression. It can include personal journaling, poetry, fiction, autobiographies, and memoirs. Writing may not be a “cure-all”, but it can certainly help alleviate symptoms and serve… Read More »The Benefits of Expressive and Creative Writing

The Benefits of Expressive and Creative Writing

Are you able to think about the exact way you brushed your teeth this morning? Like most of us, your answer is probably no. This is because your habits are repeated so frequently that they become automatic – which is the true goal of forming a habit. To make your habits automatic, take advantage of what… Read More »Automating Habits

Automating Habits

What kind of challenges do you run into while trying to form new habits?  Staying organized, prepared, realistic, and having a good environment are all common challenges in the journey for habit formation. Remember the 3 Rs (reminders, routines, rewards), implementation intention, the Goldilocks rule, and the Paperclip strategy to fight against each of them.    There are… Read More »Four Barriers of Habit Formation & Tips for Overcoming them

Four Barriers of Habit Formation & Tips for Overcoming them

Have you ever taken a week off from your habit and felt that it was too challenging to continue? Try the one-day off rule! The one-day off rule is exactly what it sounds like – taking a day off but never missing a habit twice in a row. Maintaining a habit routine is understanding life’s unpredictability. By adopting the… Read More »The One-Day Off Rule

The One-Day Off Rule