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Breaking Bad Habits

15th Apr 2021

It takes on average 66 days* to make something a habit (ie – for a new behaviour to become automatic). Having just spent the last 365 days in arguably entirely different circumstances to which we have all been used to, it would make sense then that our habits have all undergone a huge change. Some of those habits may well be a change for the better, but some will be ones that need amending in order to return to a more structured and routine way of life.

How then do we start to put together both those good habits which we want to take forward whilst also breaking some of the bad ones we have picked up along the way?

  1. Write down what you have enjoyed from the last 12 months. Which parts have made you feel happier, more secure, more content? Now look at what habits may be associated with that. For example, perhaps you started getting up an hour earlier in order to carve out some time for yourself before the day started. Perhaps that has made a positive impact on your life and therefore is a habit worth keeping. So you have identified a habit that has made a positive impact on your life.
  2. Conversely what has left you feeling unsettled and unhappy from the last 12 months? Extroverts may have struggled with the lack of interaction with others, introverts may have missed time alone if they live in a busy household. Build that time back in now with a return to socialising being allowed or with families allowed to leave for schools and offices.
  3. But what of those bad habits? The sleeping in, the going to bed late, the lack of structure and routine. The ‘slippage’ that leads to bad sleep health and impacts on other aspects of our lives. How do we counteract those? Set yourself a regular bedtime and stick to it. Set yourself a regular alarm and stick to it. Limit screen-time before bed. Make the effort to alter those habits that you know will help your body both physically and mentally readjust.
  4. We have all moved online more than we were 12 months ago. Assess that time online. Does it add value? Some may prefer the slightly anonymised contact, others may miss the face to face interaction. Consider downloading our Digital Detox Journal and looking at your current use of social media. Assess what does and does not work for you and implement change as your findings suggest.
  5. Is there anything you are conscious you want or need to do differently? Enlist a friend. Together you are stronger. Do it together. Commit to it and fundraise for a charity. Chart your progress.

This last twelve months has been incredibly challenging for us all. But it has given us a unique opportunity to sit back and reassess which habits add value and which do not. Let’s ensure we make best use of the time we now have to make the amendments needed to move on in a positive manner.

 

Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer

 

*European Journal of Social Psychology 2009

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