For many people, making a New Year's resolution resembles the movie groundhog day. Every time January 1st comes around, you decide to change your life for the better. Exercise more, sleep more, eat less, start meditation. Yet despite your best intentions, you still somehow manage to break your resolutions. How do you get to where you want to be? How will this year actually be different? Perhaps the answer is not external, but internal.
Mindfulness practice can help you create healthy habits. The following two mindful “hacks” will support you in making this year’s resolutions last.
Start by boosting your impulse control with mindfulness
Research suggests that willpower is a form of mental energy, powered by glucose in the
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Neuroscience suggests that mindfulness training strengthens the areas in your brain that are responsible for impulse control and increases the serotonin levels in your brain. This allows you to stop yourself from following an impulse to, for example, ask for a second serving of your
Hack: Use the mindfulness meditation recording to strengthen your impulse control.
Rewire Your Brain
Habits are usually triggered by a particular cue, situation or event.
Pay careful attention to what, where, when and why your unwanted habit is triggered. Once you
Hack: The next time you’re tempted to break a resolution, stop and focus on your breath. Take three to five deep belly breaths to break unconscious habitual
Palma Michel is our Better in 30 Meditation Coach. She is the