The Habits I Forgot To Keep

How good are you at keeping habits? I have a few ingrained ones - daily yoga, keeping hydrated, getting organised the night before work.

But I also have a few that have come in and out of my life and just haven't stuck long-term.

Or more specifically, I only call on these practices when I need them and that's usually when life gets a little challenging.

I think that's interesting - I wonder if I kept the habits going regularly, if those challenging periods would be more infrequent? 

So what have I been working on habit-wise? 

Meditation

I remember discussing meditation with a friend once - I said I didn't notice much of a difference when I did it regularly but always noticed a difference when I didn't do it. She said 'Alert - I think that means it's working!'. Ha. 

Meditating for 5-10 minutes each morning is making me feel more grounded and less likely to rush ahead with the day's stresses.

My favourites are Gabby Bernstein, the free UCLA Meditation Centre tracks and I've just downloaded Insight Timer to try.

Journaling

Remember my Five Minute Journal period? So that habit hasn't continued for now...

I have however been sleeping quite badly of late, waking up at all hours and not being able to fall back asleep. So the last couple of weeks I've been doing a brain dump before bed - writing down anything that's worrying me and letting the negative voice run riot.

Lo and behold, I'm sleeping much better.

I highly recommend trying this out from time to time - if only for the fact that when you read back on your thoughts days or weeks later, you usually realise they were not true and never came true. Hello perspective.

Planning my week

Once I'm into the week, I find I'm juggling work, study, blogging, exercise and relationships and that sometimes leaves me feeling a touch overwhelmed.

Although I have it all in my head, I've found recently that getting my week down (digitally for me, not on paper) on a Sunday gives me a clear picture of what's ahead and where I'll have pockets to fit in the things I really want to prioritise. Simple but effective!

What habits have you let slide? Let me know in the comments below if you're planning on bringing them back.