When it comes to balance, it is easier to add than subtract.
Subtracting involves changing a habit. It means there will be emptiness. Something to miss.
Adding may involve a shift in priorities or time, but it is an easier change.
· If you set a goal to improve hydration, would you rather give up your morning coffee or add a glass of water?
· If you’re hoping to adjust your energy balance to tip to weight loss, would you rather skip an afternoon snack or go for a walk?
· If you want to eat healthier, would you rather ditch your favorite latte or add a salad to lunch?
· If you want to de-stress, would you rather cut out that TV show you don’t need to watch or add yoga?
Often adding a habit means you’re overdoing it for awhile. But that’s the trade off for keeping your vices. Soon enough you’ll start to feel better about yourself, motivation increases and then you’ll want to subtract the unhealthier habits.
If you can’t add, at least replace. If you’re trying to give up smoking or boredom eating, tell yourself you can have whatever it is you crave if you do 10 push-ups first. Hopefully the replacement will help you banish the craving over time – and you’re doing something good for yourself in the process.
I realize this is all easier said than done, but at least keep the basic arithmetic in the back of your mind when you feel yourself resisting change.
What healthy habits have you all added or subtracted from your routine?