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“A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.”
Erasmus

 

If you're feeling like you need to tackle some of your habits, here's a few new recommendations for things you could consume or try this week. Picking just one of these could make such a difference to your health, whether that is physical or mental. But if you're greedy for habit science like me, then devour them all and let me know how much you enjoyed them.

Something to read:

The willpower myth: Why the evidence is now showing that we need to move away from willpower and more towards engineering our environments to support our long term habits. This is my jam - evidence-based behaviour change. I hope you find it as fascinating as I do!

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/1/15/16863374/willpower-overrated-self-control-psychology

Something to watch:

If you haven't caught them before, these Tiny Habits webinars are so good! Designed to support your physical, mental and emotional health they can help create healthy habits that will hopefully last you a lifetime. There are plenty of choose from and not all of them will be for you but if you choose a good one it could be life-changing. I've learnt so much from them. Past recordings are at the bottom so make sure you scroll down and take a good look.

https://www.tinyhabits.com/expert-help

Something to try:

Progressive extremism: One of the most common questions I get asked is how do I break a bad habit. The science of this is slightly complex and different than how to create positive habits. I love this piece by Nir Eyal on habit change - his work is not for everyone, but it has sparked change in many. I'd be so interested in what you think of the method he suggests!
 
https://behavioralscientist.org/to-change-a-habit-get-extreme-progressively/

I hope these give you something to think about. If you've enjoyed them and you'd like to receive my newsletter directly to your inbox, you can sign up here.

Published on 21st May 2020 at 12:50 by Dr Heather McKee


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