Bite Sized Habit Newsflash: Reframe your thinking

"Successes are revised mistakes."

James Clear


Something to read

Struggling with willpower? This book provides some facinating, evidence based insights into how to harness your willpower in a way that works for you as opposed to feeling like its a constant battle.

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Something to listen to

I often feel like so much alcohol reduction-related advice neglects to explain the importance of the impact alcohol has on our lives. Or fails to explore the drivers of drinking habits. I really felt like this quick podcast episode took a fresh look at this and provides some tangible non-patronising suggestions. (15 minute listen)

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Bite Sized Habit of the week

Where you feel you need to push is often where you need the most kindness​

We are more likely to make positive changes from a place of growth rather than a place of shame. Yet, when it comes to creating new habits, we often feel we need to self-critic our way to success. However, the research is now showing the opposite is true. Those that encourage rather than berate themselves on their health journey are much more likely to achieve lasting success. There's this myth that if we're self-compassionate about our new healthy habits that we're just going to sit at home in our PJs watching Netflix all day! This simply isn’t true. The research shows that those who show themselves more kindness are less likely to procrastinate, more likely to eat healthily, exercise more and manage their stress better. Next time you hear your inner drill sergeant pop up in your thoughts berating you about your healthy habits, note down what they say and see if you can reframe it into a positive, warm, affirming and encouraging statement. Ask yourself what would Brene Brown, Michelle Obama, or Oprah say to themselves in this situation? Or what would you say to your best friend if they were struggling? Those words of kindness and encouragement are exactly what you need to hear on repeat right now.


If you're looking for a research-backed way of creating lasting healthy habits, one that's kinder, more empowering and more fun than anything you've tried before then, why not sign up for the FREE 5 Day Challenge - join here 

Published on 17th Jun 2021 at 12:00 by Dr Heather McKee

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