Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Do you have a habit that has you thinking, I should really stop doing that? Or is there a good habit you wish you could adopt but can never seem to stick to We all have good and bad habits we’ve picked up over the years, and sometimes it feels impossible to drop the bad ones or get started with the good ones.
A bad habit may truly be bad for your physical or mental health, such as smoking, working to exhaustion, or eating too many processed foods. However, a bad habit could also be something you do that doesn’t benefit you, causes you stress, or simply makes your life more difficult.
The good news is no matter your current habits, you have time to kick the bad ones and pick up good ones. Keep reading for ideas to help you replace your bad habits by building healthy ones.
Ready to kick your back habits? The National Institute of Health has a simple and effective method for changing bad habits:
Breaking a bad habit can be difficult. It’d be silly to think it could be done with no effort at all. If that were true, we wouldn’t have to “break” the habit.
A habit is literally part of how your brain functions. If your brain’s neurons fire at the start and end of a task, the action becomes a habit. Over time, not only do you physically complete the behavior, but it also becomes a pattern in the brain, meaning breaking a habit refers to ending the physical behavior and teaching your brain to stop the pattern as well.
Instead of referring to this as breaking a bad habit, we ought to say we’re training ourselves to build a healthy habit.
We hear a lot of talk about breaking bad habits, but let’s reframe the focus. Instead of breaking, let’s rebuild. Building healthy habits is what the goal should be!
Creating healthy routines can impact your life in more ways than you realize. Habits have a way of affecting more than just the single action you’re taking. As you introduce healthier habits, you’ll see improvements in the quality of life you lead.
doTERRA is ready to help you build healthy habits in four simple steps:
Four Steps to Build Healthy Habits
We've laid out the groundwork for you in the 21-Day Challenge.
The doTERRA 21-Day Challenge can help you live life on your terms by creating a daily routine. We’ll guide you through simple actions you can work into your busy schedule.
We want you to take charge of your health and happiness. It’ll require change, but small steps can make a huge impact. The challenge starts by training both your body and your brain to do something new, little by little.
We’ll teach you the easy-to-follow process of habit stacking. Habit stacking is based on the principle that, instead of making major life-altering changes, you achieve change by taking smaller steps that build on each other to reach your goal.
The 21-Day Challenge Guide and Resource Book will be your easy-to-follow guide to building healthy habits. We’ve selected some of the best doTERRA products to help complement your health journey.
The 21-Day Challenge starts off small so you can jump right in without feeling overwhelmed.
A friend of doTERRA, Keri of Keri’s Pilates Room shares her excitement with us as she begins her 21-Day Challenge, focusing on these three habits:
During your 21-Day Challenge, you’ll focus on these three healthy habits. They build your foundation for ongoing success. Along with these three healthy habits, you’ll choose a personal habit to focus on. Big, small—it doesn’t matter! Pick any habit you want to improve on right now.
Keri reminds us, “You could try to cut out processed foods, soda, sugar, TV, or whatever else you feel like is holding you down. It’s a bonus if you can track your habits and write down each day how you’re doing.”
Need help? Here are some easy habits you can start working on today.
If a better diet is part of building your healthy life, a simple (and quick!) addition to your day should be a nutrition-packed smoothie. doTERRA Protein is an effective supplement to support muscle growth, enhance energy, increase stamina, and more.*
Not only will doTERRA Protein add 21 grams of a premium protein blend to your diet, but it’ll also serve up seven grams of fiber to help manage appetite and assist in your overall digestion.* Try this favorite protein smoothie!
Join the doTERRA 21-Day Challenge and start building healthy habits today! This process will help keep your focus on becoming a healthier you. If you need a friend during the challenge, check out Keri on Instagram, @kerispilatesroom, and our other wonderful doTERRA members as they make the change and show you the #powerofhealthy!