The idea of habit stacking has gained more validation and visibility over the past couple of years — this is the idea of anchoring a new habit to an existing habit so you can utilize an existing neural pathway to help with building a new neural pathway.
An example of this is to link thinking of what you’re grateful for to brushing your teeth in the morning. That way, you can count on starting your morning from a place of gratitude because brushing your teeth is most likely already ingrained in your schedule.
The question here is — are we adding too much to what may be stressed out lives when we do this? Maybe brushing our teeth without thinking of anything is a daily meditative experience within itself.
Another option could be to find a way to slow down and to remove something distracting from your schedule before adding something new and good to your routine. Taking a moment to ask yourself whether you need to pause, breathe and let go of one thing that may not be serving you could be a good starting point for change as well.
What is your preferred way of starting a new habit? Do you like the idea of habit-stacking when changing up your routine?
Have a great week!