Good habits provide a foundation for positive improvements in your life. However, forming new habits can be challenging. They take time and practice to form.
“A habit is something we do that becomes automatic because we did it many times under the same circumstances,” said Tiffany Milligan, a health psychologist at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE).
We practice good habits every day because of repeated, consistent action with specific context. Context is anything that helps you remember the change you want to make and increases the odds you will do it repeatedly. Once behavior is automatic, it becomes easier to maintain.