Changing habits is not only for the new year, but many people choose New Year to renew and reset their life, especially their habits. Since the new year is on the corner very soon, I think it is time to talk more about how to change your behaviors for better habits in your routine. First of all, you need to re-evaluate your current behaviors and think further about what you need to adjust because you will have to change your behaviors to change your habits. Today we are going to talk about how to change your behaviors for better habits.
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How to Change Your Behaviors for Better Habits
Behavior Change is a Process
Before we talk about how to have better habits by changing behaviors, let's talk about the process of behavior change. It is extremely important to know that behavior change needs time because it is a process. You cannot expect it happens dramatically overnight. It will take one at a time.
Behavior change needs patience, consistent practice, and a consciousness that the change will not happen instantly. Changing habits is challenging and it often makes people struggle because they ignore the behavior change that plays huge roles in the process. It happens because of the triggers and cues to motivate the change.
There are two factors that habit change will work more effectively. First of all, there should be an awareness that behavior change will take a longer time because it is a process. Next, it is important to have the consciousness that the behavior change will lead you to a healthier life. In this way, you will have a more solid motivation to change your behavior, for the sake of better habits.
The Stages of Behavior Change
in 1970s, researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente published Transtheoretical Model that explains 6 stages of behavior change. The first 5 stages are about the increase of behavior change interest and how it gets stabil, while the last stage is about the failure or relaps of behavior change.
We are not going to learn psychological things, but it will be great to know the stages. There are some strategies dealing with each stage to help you solving the problems might happen.
Stage 1 – Precontemplation
The first stage is precontemplation. In this stage, people still don't consider to change the behavior. Even, they deny the change. However, they are looking at the possibility to change. They find out the pros and cons of the change. Their position is still more on cons than pros.
Stage 2 – Comtemplation
In this stage, people have a plan to change. They start to be in the pros site because their cons change into pros.
Stage 3 – Preparation / Determination
People will start change in a short time. They are excited and take small steps to get better life. People might tell and involve others about the change they are going to make.
Stage 4 – Action
People take action out over the plan of their behavior change.
Stage 5 – Maintenance
After that, is maintenance. Many people forget about. It might be the most difficult step in the behavior change process. People might slip up as well.
How Behavior Change is Heelpful to Change Habits
Consciously or not, habits are considered as behaviors. Thus, behavior change helps when you change your habits. Habits are something you learned in your life. You will keep doing it with any reasons. You don't need to think for doing this because you have been doing it for a long time.
Meanwhile, you still can think before you do a certain behavior, whether it is a good or bad one. When you are changing habits, you can step back too treat habit as behavior when you have to think further before doing it. In this way, you will get used to the behavior and move forward to be better habits