Habit Stacking

Habit Stacking

What is Habit Stacking?

As a therapist, many of my clients lead busy lives. Finding time to incorporate mindfulness or breathing exercises into their day can be a challenge. However, James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits” introduces the concept of habit stacking. It may be an effective way to add a new habit to your daily routine.

Habit stacking involves pairing a new habit with a current activity that you already do throughout your day. By doing so, the existing habit becomes a cue for the new habit. This makes it easier to remember and incorporate into your routine. For example, if you frequently fill up your water bottle during the workday, you can use this activity as a cue to practice a breathing exercise. This way, you don’t have to “find” extra time to practice the new habit. The habit becomes easier to stick to over time.

By linking a new action in our brain with an existing one, we increase the likelihood of the new habit sticking. This method of habit stacking can be applied to any new habit you want to implement into your routine. You may find it helpful for creating new habits around mindfulness, exercise, or journaling.

If you’re struggling to implement new habits into your daily routine, seeking additional support from a therapist may help. A confidential chat with a therapist can help you identify the barriers you face and develop strategies to overcome them.

Contact Uplift Psychology today to find out how we may help.

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