Everything is about evolution. We seem wired to move ‘towards’. The ‘what’ of that towards could be a whole range of things and will vary.
Career, Health, Relationship, Emotional well-being, Clean Living, Healing from a past experience, getting over an Addiction… The list is endless.
They all have one thing in common: Starting over. And practicing new habits that will support the transition and change we seek.
While it’s a common talking point that new habits are a matter of repetitions to allow the brain to form new connections which eventually develop a new ‘go-to’ action; this piece is about the Habit Relapse.
As a coach that works with Energy, Intution and Manifestations, I did think twice about writing this one. I didn’t want to put out a suggestion about failure, especially if like me, a lot of you are in the midst of changing, evolving or creating new habits.
But not writing this piece would be unauthentic, because in my personal journey of evolution, I have failed, plenty times. And I have my moments even today. It’s what makes ALL of us human.
So here I am, writing about Habit Relapse and the Five must do's when you Do!
A habit relapse is when you go back to actions or thoughts that didn’t serve you to begin with. It is going back to the old ways of doing things and it's not uncommon when you set out to change something. After months, weeks or days of moving in the direction that uplifts you, you find yourself in an all too familiar spot!
I’ll be honest; it can be deflating, discouraging and draining. I mean who LIKES to go back on progress?
But when and if we do find ourselves in that place, what do we next? How do we deal with it?
I've had my fair of share of trails and erros and these are my top five suggestions the next time you find yourself at the crossroad. I’d like you to remember and use these five points to get back on track:
I don’t pretend to do new habits or changes perfectly but THESE FIVE have worked for me every time. I find that if I follow ALL these when I relapse, I tend to snap out of it faster.
Here's to your success, your discoveries and your happiness.
Oh, and while you are at it, let me know what the #1 change is for you right now and how you are doing with it?
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