Remember one of our first issues on habit stacking? And how far we’ve all come! For those who don’t, using a preceding event as a trigger can be very helpful and can lead to some awesome habit stacks. Here are some examples to refresh your memory:
After I [brush my teeth], I will [floss]. After I [floss], I will [do 10 squats] and so on. Be careful though, a preceding event can also be that annoying buzzzz from your phone, so if you need to eliminate any triggers to avoid the social media blackhole, get rid of those too.
What to do with this? Choose an existing habit, and use it as a trigger for a new habit.
Emotional states as triggers tend to be where negative habits often come from. This is a tricky one, because it means you need to be emotionally aware and control the negative habit that stems from it.
What to do with this? If you do realize you’re eating out of sadness, for example, replace the bad habit with calling someone to speak to. We need to plan in advance for this one because in the emotional moment, it’s hard to redirect our behaviour. You can use implementation intention to plan: if X happens, then I will do Y. Sounds nicer, right?
I’ll make this one quick: When I hang out with my college friends, I drink more.