The Art of Habits: How routines help us to reach higher states of wellbeing in 2022

As the season has started to change again, there remains fertile space for newness. Everything outside slowly begins to sprout and bloom and so is our energy. Let's embrace the circulating energy - harness it and manifest it in from of habits that soothe you. Let's shake off the winter ballast together. Think of a habit you always wanted to incorporate into your life, a habit that does only good to your body, mind & soul, but you haven't found time, energy, or joy in following it yet.

Routines are a support system to growth

The Science Behind Habits: The Art of Changing Your Life

The human brain is a powerful instrument. In fact, it’s so powerful that it can change the way you make decisions and behave in just a few seconds. The human brain has neurons that are programmed to fire when they are activated by a particular stimulus. This could be a sight, a smell, a taste or a sound. Habits are formed when a behaviour is connected to a certain stimulus. The brain associates this cue with the reward that it brings forth, so it wants to repeat the action again and again. And while this may seem scary, it’s also incredible because it means that the power to change your life is always within reach.

In today’s post, we’ll explore some of the most common habits that impact our lives and even give tips on how to break them. So let's get started! A habit is a behaviour pattern that we repeat so often that it becomes hard to break. It’s not just an action; it’s a reaction to an emotional cue. Habits are formed in the part of our brain called the basal ganglia. They're created when there's a repetitive thought and behaviour, which causes changes in the brain.

Why are habits so important?

At femble, we see routines as a support system to growth. Habits are theballast that steady our boat as we race towards our goals. We each carry thecapacity to connect with our innate joy and develop small practices to bringmore joy into our everyday. Every time we execute our chosen practice, wesupport ourselves, we give ourselves power. When we find our individualroutines consisting of our unique delights, we communicate love to oursubconscious every day anew. This can help us metabolize negative feelings andheal into positives.

Habits give our lives structure, which help us to feel secure and ableto take control of our situation. Positive routines also give us something tolook forward to. By building enjoyable anticipation into our routines, we areable to make even the most mundane activities into sources of joy. Thus theyare a huge part of the secret to maintaining wellbeing. The more you have thebetter suited you will be to handle whatever life throws at you.

Engaging in our habits helps us to feel in control of our lives. This isbecause in the long run our habits act as a filter. They block out all thesmall stuff that would otherwise clog our minds and prevent us from achievingour goals.

Postive Routines are a support system to self-growth.

Why spring is the best time to create new habits:

Finally, after a long hibernation period, our spirits are stirringagain. Maybe time for a new refreshing routine?

After having read all the positive effects that come with routines. Ifyou want to create new habits, spring is the time to do it. This is becausepeople are naturally more likely to be optimistic, which means we’re more likely to want change.

Healthy routines of any kind can be especially useful in spring because they call in the fire element as a means to clarify and illuminate our intentions as well as invite more joy and transformation into our day-to-day lives. Studies have shown that the best time for habits to take root is spring. In spring, fire manifests through the increased amount of daylight we receive from the sun, which warms the planet earth we live on and the earth of our bodies.

That said, we are naturally more likely to adopt an optimistic mindset, open to change and invite newness. Harnessing this power of the sun outside and inside of us can help to facilitate the powerful “spring cleaning” process that happens in spring through shifting energy. With joyful actions in spring, we can tackle the huge energetic shifts happening all around us. We can manifest this positive, creative spring energy by creating new routines and habits during this season and sticking to it all year long. Here are our team's favourite habits:

How can we cultivate a new habit?

There are three general principles that can help us to form new habits. The first is to choose to do the new behaviour. This is not about persuading ourselves that we want to change, but about choosing to do the new behaviour. The second is to reward ourselves for doing it. This creates a powerful trigger that will help us to continue to do the new behaviour. The third is to avoid punishing ourselves for not doing the new behaviour.

Choose - When we choose to form a new habit, we are actively making a decision. We are not yet doing the new behavior, but we are making a commitment to ourselves to do it in the future. Choose to do the new behavior and the habit is formed.

Reward - We have discussed how rewarding certain behaviors can lead to a craving for more of them. This means that we choose to do something that we enjoy, in order to receive a reward. We create a trigger for the reward circuit, which gives us motivation to carry on.

Neurobiologists have studied the reward circuit of the brain and how it can be trained to form new habits. There are receptors in this circuit that are particularly responsive to dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that is released in the brain when we experience pleasure. Dopamine receptors can be trained to prefer the act of a particular action, which means that our brains will keep seeking out that action and wanting to repeat it

A picture of femble which shows how you can leave your comfort zone through a mindful routine.

How can you make good habits stick?

This is a question that many people have been asking for years. How can we make good habits stick? And how can you break bad ones?

Habits are the actions we do without thinking. They’re often so automatic that we don’t even realize we’re doing them until they’ve already happened. And while habits might be difficult to break, they’re also easy to create!

Setting a reward is key. Once our brain has realised the connection between executing the routine and the rush of endorphins afterwards. We'll get addicted to the reward and sticking to it suddenly becomes easy. So, all it takes is a couple of repetitions before it becomes an automatic behaviour.