Tips on how to build & sustain healthy habits

Delving into the powerful realm of motivation, specifically focusing on how to build and sustain healthy habits from within.

Understanding the Power of Dopamine:

Dopamine, often referred to as the “happy hormone,” plays a pivotal role in our motivation and reward system. It’s the spark that ignites our desire to take action and experience the joy of accomplishment.

The Dopamine Cycle: Picture this: You decide to make a positive change in your life—maybe it’s choosing a nourishing snack over a sugary treat. As you follow through with this action, your brain releases a surge of dopamine, creating a sense of pleasure and reward. In this moment, you feel good about your choice.

Acknowledging the Evidence: Here’s where the magic happens. As you revel in that positive feeling, take a moment to consciously acknowledge the evidence you’ve just created. You’ve proven to yourself that you can make a healthy choice, and that, my friend, is a small yet significant win.

Building Momentum: This cycle—action, dopamine release, evidence acknowledgment—creates a powerful momentum. It’s the secret sauce to building lasting motivation. Every time you repeat this process, you’re strengthening your innate motivation system.

Making it Work for You:

Start Small: Begin with tiny actions that align with your larger goals. Whether it’s opting for a brisk walk, choosing a nutritious snack, or practicing a moment of mindfulness, these small steps pave the way for more significant changes.

Feel the Joy: When you take that positive action, savour the joy it brings. Be present in the moment and let the pleasure of the experience wash over you.

Acknowledge Your Wins: As you feel that surge of happiness, pause to acknowledge the evidence you’ve created. Whether it’s a mental pat on the back or a journal entry, celebrate your victories.

Repeat and Reinforce: Consistency is key. Repeat this cycle regularly, gradually incorporating more positive actions into your routine. The more evidence you accumulate, the more motivated and empowered you become.

Your Action Step:

Consciously choose one small action that aligns with your wellbeing goals. Feel the joy it brings, and take a moment to acknowledge the evidence you’re creating. Watch how this simple practice transforms your motivation. Remember, motivation is not a finite resource—it’s a wellspring within you waiting to be tapped. By harnessing the power of dopamine through mindful actions and evidence acknowledgment, you’re unlocking a sustainable and innate source of motivation.

By Claudia Dumond, Holistic Health Coach & Founder of Minimondo

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