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Changing It Up: How To Break A Bad Habit

Good morning,

A little while ago I realized I was getting into a pretty deep rut that was going to turn into a bad habit if I didn’t do something about it.

It was during the beginning of the Covid-19 situation, and I found that I was starting to watching more TV than I should AND playing games more often.

Honestly, I was surprised at how fast it happened.

I think a LOT of us were sliding into not-so-productive behaviors then. I’m just grateful I realized it before it got out of hand!

Fact: Getting out of that rut was a LOT harder than I expected it to be, and I knew I had to get strategic and tactical about it.

Everything that was going on in my life at that point supported staying in the rut and doubling down … I’m talking about stress, extra time on my hands, you name it!

How I Broke A Bad Habitmental health, exercise, pain, chronic pain, habit, the Other Pain Clinic Inc, the Other Pain Clinic

Here’s what I did to kick it:

I KNEW I had to make a change to remove the temptation.

For me, that meant shaking up my routine by getting really BUSY with something else, so there was no time or energy to get seduced back into my rut.

That meant I …

  • decided to learn about and picked a great online exercise therapy platform to help my clients continue with their exercise therapy and progress them (to learn more about it click here)
  • started to get back to working out outside
  • worked on new tailored programs (Thyroid Health & Lifestyle Hacks & Online Mental Health Lifestyle Challenge)
  • reviewed a course that I completed, so I can implement the material into new programs
  • and continued with some online courses I signed up for

And do you know what? Once I got started, it wasn’t that bad at all. It was actually fun.

The course that I completed and reviewed was my …

Certified Brain Health Trainer, the Other Pain Clinic Inc, Mental Health, Pain, Chronic Pain, Chronic Disease

… course. I reviewed this course since there is more mental health awareness as well as people experiencing mental health challenges (anxiety, depression, even PTSD) from the COVID phenomena and I just wanted to be able to be able to show how a structured exercise program helps with mental health conditions. (For a bit more info, click here).

 

In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear writes that one of the best ways to break a habit is to reduce exposure to temptations – removing anything that prompts you to do it.

Then, once those cues are gone, you can reframe your mindset by looking at the benefits of NOT doing the action. For me, that meant substituting other things that gave me tangible results!

It’s a pretty irresistible combo!

Just some food for thought, especially if you have picked up a habit or two over the past few months that you’d like to kick.

Mental Health, Pain, Chronic Pain, Chronic Disease, Habits, the Other Pain Clinic Inc, the Other Pain ClinicAnd hey, if you are looking at a way to create some new habits, I have created a small e-guide called “The Ultimate Habit Checklist” to help you with getting into new (newer) habits – I am offering this e-guide for FREE until June 30th. Please let me know if you would like a copy, by clicking here.

Make your day an amazing day,

Francois

CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc

 

 

 

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