healthy habits

4 questions to start your day

4 questions to start your day

How does your day start? Is it with dread? Panic over what time it is? The cat, dog, or kids jumping on you?

How about a few minutes of peaceful reflection? Is that even possible? 😉

While it may not always look and feel the way we want it to, if we’re a bit flexible and resourceful, and willing to make the choice, it IS possible to capture those precious few minutes. Even with kids. Even with some chaos.

How to stick to a habit

I love to read, and the latest author I’ve encountered is Gretchen Rubin. I have to admit there are a few things in her books that irk me (like her stance on water, artificial sweeteners, and diet soda – that’s another story altogether!) but she does have a lot of valuable insights to share. One of my big interests these days is habit formation so Better Than Before was on the must-read list.

One insight in particular from that book, which has provided more than one lightbulb moment on the homefront, is

What to do when life turns upside down

When there is too much going on – or at least too much of the wrong things! – pressures, heightened emotions, disagreements, or whatever else may be happening in your life.

I know how it is. We all cycle through it periodically. Sometimes life throws unexpected curves our way, so the question is not why or when, but how. How do we navigate it all? How do we manage when life turns upside down?

21 days to form a habit? I don't think so!

21 days to form a habit?  I don't think so!

I've never believed - and honestly get a bit irritated when I hear it - that "it takes 21 days to form a habit." After all, I've done things for 21 days, or more, only to drop them again... and then wish I could more easily get back into a routine with whatever it was.

I don't think I'm a hopeless case, and I don't think I'm all that unusual either. So (naturally!) I figured the statement must be one of those things that is massively misquoted.

Well, it turns out I was partly right - and partly wrong too.