"If there’s a habit you really want to accomplish, it’s very helpful to schedule it first thing in the morning," writes Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project. Self control, and the willpower that feeds it, is high in the morning. Note how many of us eat sugar free cereal and organic eggs for breakfast and dive into Oreo's and ice cream by 10pm. As the day goes on, we tire, and so does our commitment to change. Our stress rises. We are more inclined to want to reward ourselves and less inclined to push towards a goal. Does "I've had a long day. I deserve re-runs and a glass of wine" sound familiar?
New habits require energy. Set yourself up for success. Try a morning "habit change" routine and see how it goes. Try these suggestions and see how they work.
Who am I?
Debbie Granick is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Therapist in Raleigh providing both counseling and medication to reduce anxiety and depression and improve mental health. She is available to speak about wellness to groups of all sizes.