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Defense Health Agency Communications
/ Published November 03, 2017
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. (Air Force Graphic)
“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.
For example, when you get into a car you probably reach for a seat belt without realizing it. You most likely buckle up because of repetitive guidance and behavior. Since you may perform this action under the same conditions (while seated in a car before you start driving) many times a day, you eventually buckle your seat belt without actively thinking about it.
Use these tips to better create and maintain the habits you want to keep:
The Military Health System has more resources on healthy living habits and preventive health. Check them out today for tips on affecting positive change in your life.