- Men and emotions
- Mental wellbeing for men
- Positive mental health advice in Star Wars
- Emotional wellbeing – how to stay on top!
- Men’s mental health – common challenges
- Active listening
- Breaking old habits and starting new habits
- Why is change so hard?
- The power of gratitude
- Self-care toolkit
- Seeking help for men – overcome the barriers!
- What is mindfulness?
- Resolving Conflict
- The power of a good support network
- Reconnecting with friends
- Social connections - past, present and future
- How family, friends and carers can help men
- Cycling – the exercise for positive mental health
- Improving physical health can help your mental health
- Drinking responsibly
- Adjusting to retirement
- Self-care in difficult work roles
- The mental health effects of service
- Talking suicide
- Why do I want to end my life?
- Helping yourself when feeling suicidal
- Helping a mate who is suicidal
- Making a safety plan
Breaking old habits and start new ones is never easy. You have made some resolutions this year but it is already hard to keep them. To help you along your journey, we’ve compiled some advice to make those new habits stick.
How to break old habits
This year you want to eat more healthily. It sounds great, but it isn’t very specific. If something is too vague, it will be hard to achieve. Think instead about how you can eat healthier food. For example, you can include vegetables with your dinner four times a week.
You want to start a new habit where you go to the gym four times a week, but right now you don’t go to the gym at all. Sometimes called the ‘false hope syndrome’, we are more likely to fail when we have unrealistic expectations about how easy it will be to make the change. In this case, it is better to start off with going once a week and then building it up over time.
You want to exercise more, drink less, read more books, watch less TV, and quit smoking. That is a lot to achieve all at once. Instead, focus on one thing, and when that becomes a habit, you move on to the next goal.
Ask your friends and family for support. It is hard to break an old bad habit and start a new one if you are doing it by yourself. If you want to eat healthy meals, see if you can encourage your partner to join you. If you want to cut back on alcohol, play footy in the park with a friend instead of heading to the pub where the temptation may be too great.
Change is gradual and doesn’t usually happen in a straight line. Going back and forth between the old and new habit is common. Remember that any effort you make will help you to achieve your new habit, so keep trying.
The longer you stick with your new habit, the more likely it will become natural, and you won’t even have to think about it.
If you need someone to talk to, MensLine Australia professional counsellors are here to provide information and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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