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I believe we’ve all had good intentions the place we need to begin a brand new behavior or attain a brand new objective, however we battle to observe by means of with it. (I’ve discovered previously that generally I’m too obscure, and that doesn’t set me up for fulfillment both.) Anybody else ever made a New Year’s resolution that didn’t final lengthy?

Right this moment I need to get sensible and have a look at how we, as mothers, can stack habits for our well being to take excellent care of ourselves whereas additionally taking good care of our households. Although I give attention to well being, you should use these ideas for private improvement or at work.

Please see this record as inspiration and don’t attempt to implement these unexpectedly. I don’t need this to develop into an amazing objective for you. I don’t even do all of those items each single day, and it’s not my purpose to stack all of those habits each time. We’re all wired in a different way so I need to share what others have shared with me and what works for them. To start out, decide one or two habits that strike you or that greatest suit your targets and adapt your day by day routine from there.

What Is Behavior Stacking?

Ever since I had James Clear on my podcast, I’ve been intrigued about optimizing my habits. James is the writer of Atomic Habits, and I discovered a lot from him about behavior stacking.

The concept of behavior stacking is to construct new habits on high of the actions you repeatedly do. As a substitute of beginning a brand new behavior from scratch, pair it with a present behavior. Think about the stuff you already do most days and how one can add to them.

Every of the titles under is what specialists name a “set off.” These are the duties or present habits you’re already doing which you could stack one other behavior on high of. They may function the cue to begin your new behavior.

One in all my greatest takeaways from the podcast interview with James is to go away no matter supplies I want from my new behavior out so it jogs my memory to do it. For instance, having my floss subsequent to my toothbrush jogs my memory to floss instantly after I’m finished brushing my enamel.

You additionally have to be particular about what your set off is. Don’t vaguely say, “I’d prefer to stroll throughout lunch break.” As a substitute, stack your behavior as “I’ll go for a stroll when my lunch break begins.” See the distinction?

One other obscure instance is saying, “I need to stretch day-after-day (or stretch extra).” As a substitute, you should definitely pair it with one other exercise. You may say, “I’ll stretch my neck whereas I wait for everybody to get buckled within the automotive.”

Right here’s some inspiration that can assist you begin behavior stacking.

Morning Habits

You must know that I don’t usually do anybody behavior day by day, however I do some mixture of those nearly each morning after I get up for my morning routine.


I’ve lined the health benefits of getting outside barefoot and absorbing {the electrical} prices from the earth. Grounding is certainly one of my favourite issues to do early within the morning, typically earlier than everybody wakes up. It’s a good way to begin my break day in nature.

When it’s chilly exterior, I prefer to drink my coffee whereas I’m getting in my grounding time. Throughout being pregnant, I drank this red raspberry tea recipe whereas sitting exterior barefoot. It’s easy to stack a wholesome drink with my grounding behavior.


I like utilizing my sauna and all of the well being advantages of sweating. If I’m crunched for time, I’ll dry brush after I first get in (earlier than I get all sweaty.) Stepping into the sauna is my cue to dry brush. Generally, I’ll take time to practice gratitude whereas I’m contained in the sauna. That’s my set off for me to suppose by means of all of the issues I’m grateful for.

Castor Oil Packs

Utilizing a castor oil pack in your tummy or liver with a heating pack is simple to do at house. (Listen to this podcast to learn more.)

Some issues you may stack throughout your castor oil pack behavior are:

In the event you’re actually hardcore, stack any of those habits with a coffee enema as an alternative! As you refill and maintain it, you’ve about 15-20 minutes to simply lay on the ground or within the tub. Simply preserve child wipes close by so you may clear your fingers earlier than you contact something. I’ve even had pals inform me they may do their espresso enema contained in the sauna! I haven’t tried that but since I’ve a barrel sauna exterior.

Bathe Time

Whereas I’m ready for the water to get sizzling, I typically dry brush my skin. Dry brushing is a good way to flush your lymphatic system. This is my favorite brush set.

A pal advised me she struggles to recollect to water her plants, so whereas ready for decent water, she places an previous pitcher underneath the bathtub faucet and lets it refill. This manner, she provides her vegetation some love and doesn’t overlook about them! Her set off to recollect is preserving that pitcher by the bathe.

After I get out of the bathe, I’ll use my wave vibration to assist my lymphatic system. If I’ve time, I’ll stand on it whereas blow-drying my hair. I like how the low-level vibrations assist stimulate my lymphatic muscle groups and stabilizer muscle groups.

Day by day Habits

Think about what your day by day habits already are the place you may stack any well being habits. You’d be shocked at how simple it’s so as to add to your day by day routine.


My pal’s dad boasted that he flosses his enamel whereas sitting in rush hour each weekday. I wouldn’t suggest doing something unsafe like stretching whereas driving, although.

As a substitute of mindlessly listening to the radio, take into account how one can optimize your listening habits:

  • Take heed to a devotional
  • Take heed to a podcast or audiobook
  • Name a pal or member of the family to catch up (one factor the Blue Zones, teams of people that dwell longer than the remainder of the world, have in frequent is common social connections)


We’ve all needed to wait for somebody or for one thing to begin. Although my first intuition is the dangerous behavior of grabbing my telephone, I’ve tried to let these moments be a set off for certainly one of these good habits:

  • Take a couple of deep breaths
  • Consider three issues I’m grateful for
  • Get a couple of steps in whereas ready
  • Stretch whereas pumping fuel
  • Preserve a automotive vacuum within the automotive and clear it up throughout sports activities observe
  • Preserve a couple of playing cards and a pen within the automotive console to write notes to friends and family

You is perhaps shocked at what you’ve sufficient time for.


So many cultures have lovely practices they share earlier than consuming collectively. Science now confirms that many of those practices help digestion by serving to us get into the parasympathetic mode. Think about adopting a few of their traditions for your loved ones:

  • When everybody sits down on the desk, take a couple of deep breaths
  • Say a prayer aloud
  • Ask everybody to say what they are thankful for

In the event you’re attempting to optimize your well being with dietary supplements, I discover it’s best to recollect to take them with meals if I depart them out on the desk or in a basket close by. Seeing the dietary supplements is my cue to take them.

Night Habits

After dinner, I’ve been experimenting with these totally different habits to maintain my household wholesome. They’re all small wins.

Kitchen Closing Routine

Now that my youngsters are sufficiently old to assist out with dishes, I do different prep work within the kitchen that helps us keep on monitor with maintaining a healthy diet. I’ve been in a position to have some nice conversations with whoever is doing the dishes too.

I’ll ceaselessly verify my favourite meal planning service, Real Plans, for what’s on the menu tomorrow and see how I can get forward. I attempt to:

Occasionally, if I do know tomorrow is a full day, I’ll even assemble a casserole and stick it within the fridge so it’s able to go.

I don’t do it day-after-day, however generally I’ll pull out all my dry items for the subsequent day and no matter instruments I’ll want. For instance, if I’m making my coconut flour biscuits, I do know the very first thing I have to do is to throw them within the oven after getting house. In my prep space, I set out the next:

  • Meals processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Dry substances
  • Butter

This manner, I don’t need to rush round after I get house. This additionally actually helps decrease my stress!

Think about what home equipment you may pull out and fill with non-perishable substances the night time earlier than (even including the water will prevent time the subsequent day).

  • Immediate Pot
  • Sluggish cooker
  • Immersion blender
  • Stand mixer
  • Pots and pans

After you end dinner, pack breakfast and lunch for the subsequent day so that you simply aren’t tempted to eat out the subsequent day.

After I shut the kitchen, that’s my cue to placed on my blue-blocking glasses for the night time.

Consuming Water

If certainly one of your targets is to drink extra water, you’ll need to set out a glass of water or bottles as cues that can assist you keep in mind to drink it. I prefer to fill a water glass and put a lemon on the counter with just a little chopping board and knife, so it’s simple to do the next morning.

If I’m actually feeling fancy (truly I’m simply attempting to get my youngsters to drink extra water), I’ll infuse water overnight with our favourite flavors.

In the event you don’t have an entire home filter but, take a look at these options for pitchers, countertop filters, and under-sink options. After we had a countertop one, I used to be infamous for forgetting to maintain it crammed. If I had identified about behavior stacking again then, I might need tried a routine like:

  • Dinner
  • Clear up
  • Fill on the spot kettle with water for espresso within the morning
  • Prime off water filters so we’ve got contemporary water tomorrow

Bathtub Time

Similar to with a bathe, I attempt to stack my habits (however not too many so it’s not worrying as a result of that’s not value it).

Whereas I’m within the tub, I’ve experimented with these well being habits:


I’ve set a bedtime alarm on my telephone for a couple of years now to remind myself to get in mattress by 9:30 or 10:00 p.m.

If I don’t take an Epsom salt tub, I preserve magnesium oil in my room, so I keep in mind to rub it on.

We ceaselessly do legs up the wall earlier than mattress with our children to assist them wind down. A simple behavior to stack could be to ask them what they’re grateful for to observe gratitude. In case your youngsters are youthful, you may ask this earlier than naptime.

Weekly Habits

Not every thing you need to do to enhance your well being must be finished day by day. There are nonetheless large advantages from performing some issues as soon as per week. I prefer to rotate what I embrace in my morning routine and exercises.

Think about what you would possibly need to add in as soon as per week for higher habits. Take into consideration what your weekends seem like or your husband’s break day and how one can let that be a set off for what you need to add in.

For instance, if you wish to stroll extra however battle to search out the time, possibly you’ll determine that while you get to your youngsters’ sporting occasion, you’ll do one lap across the stadium or monitor earlier than you go in.

Think about how one can build your community by inviting folks over for the next weekend for a meal or simply to hang around. I’m increasingly more satisfied that Europeans have better health outcomes than us as a result of they prioritize spending time with others.

Suggestions for Success

General, I remind myself that every of those tiny modifications will make a giant distinction over time. I don’t beat myself up if I miss one time. I simply establish a simpler cue for the brand new conduct I need to do.

As at all times, don’t be afraid to drop a behavior if it now not serves you. Generally you attempt one thing and it’s not for you, and that’s okay. For instance, when you’ve been trying to lose weight and also you step on the dimensions each morning, it may be discouraging. Think about chopping again to weighing your self as soon as per week to save lots of time and get extra sensible outcomes.

However, some days I want just a little silence on the finish of the day (as a result of relaxation is productive.) One set off for me is that, when my husband will get house from work and unpacked, I take 10 minutes of silence (even higher if it’s exterior) to clear my head and decompress earlier than dinner so I can proceed to be current with my household.

Lastly, take into account discovering an accountability associate when you’re attempting to determine a brand new behavior. Ship this text to a pal and inform her the one new behavior you need to give attention to and that you simply’re going to inform her whether or not or not you’ve achieved it to encourage you to remain on monitor.

If you wish to study extra, decide up the e book Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Break Bad Habits and Build Good Habits by James Clear, listen to my podcast with him, or check out his site.

One other e book I’ve heard good issues about is Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott.

Have you ever tried behavior stacking? What’s the one new behavior you’ll attempt stacking?

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