You know what it’s like when a song plays that you haven’t heard for years?
Somehow you can remember EVERY SINGLE word like your brain is on autopilot?
Well, listening to an old song can be compared to consistent habits in a few ways:
- Familiarity: Just like how consistent habits become familiar and comfortable over time, listening to an old song can bring a sense of familiarity and comfort. You know what to expect and can anticipate certain parts of the song.
- Nostalgia: Consistent habits often stem from past experiences and memories. Similarly, listening to an old song can evoke nostalgia for a specific time or place.
- Repetition: Consistent habits involve repeating a particular behaviour repeatedly, and listening to an old song often consists in repeating the same song multiple times. This repetition can help to reinforce the habit of listening to the song and make it more enjoyable. The key is to keep track. For example, download a handy tracking sheet for your exercise habit (one of 7 free resources on my website).
- Psychological benefits: Both consistent habits and listening to old songs can have psychological benefits. Consistent practices can help to reduce stress and anxiety by providing a sense of structure and routine. Listening to old songs can evoke positive emotions and memories, which can also help to reduce stress and anxiety.
The theme of consistency has come up a lot on several podcasts & articles I’ve guested on recently.
If you are looking for some insights, check out the following:
Whether trying to form a new habit or support an old one, consistency is the key to making lasting changes.
It builds confidence and competence in your well-being, whether exercising safely, cooking well, keeping a healthy and stable weight, or sleeping peacefully.
Be bold and curate your “PLAYlist” with the songs, like the habits, that bring you joy and make you feel great.
Your friend and coach,
P.S. If you are ready to adopt sustainable habits that help you feel better, be healthier and achieve lasting results, here are 3 ways I can help:
- Download the FREE Track Your Play Assessment sheet to keep a visual reminder of your favourite play habit (exercise) to track your activities easily!
- Grab a copy of The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good health book on Audible or a printed copy.
- Get coached. Book a 1:1 discovery call with me if you want to put yourself first and get the consistency and accountability you deserve to thrive with your health; all you have to do is take the first step. You don’t have to go it alone!