So you decided what to give up and you’ve made it through your first week of Stoptober, so what now? Whether you’ve found the first week easy or difficult here are some top tips to keep you going for the next 21 days.
Identify your goals and commit to them. People who acknowledge that they need to make a change in their life are more likely to achieve that change.
Be clear about your Motivation. Why are you changing your habit? Is it for your health, your family, your children? Have a good reason for changing your habit because if you experience an urge your mind will try to rationalise the behaviour…‘what’s the harm?‘, ‘It’s only one‘ etc. Having something powerful to motivate you will help you combat your thoughts.
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Write it down. Written goals and motivations are powerful reminders that can help you keep on track when you are feeling under pressure. So write them down and put them somewhere where you will see them every day.
Wait. If you have an urge, wait. Take 5 deep breaths, have a glass of water, get a breath of fresh air, do whatever you can to delay yourself because the urge will go away. Just take one urge at a time and celebrate every win.
Substitute. Substitute desirable behaviours for bad habits. By replacing bad habits with positive ones, like exercise, meditation, time with family, healthier foods and activities, you are less likely to replace old bad habits with new bad habits.
Reward yourself. We often forget to acknowledge and reward ourselves for our progress. Set up a ‘success account’ and decide how frequently you want to reward yourself for doing well. For example you may want to reward yourself daily or weekly or at the end of Stoptober. Have a treat in mind and when your account is in the black reward yourself.
Think Positive. If you have a positive attitude you are more likely to succeed.
‘Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.’