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Behavior Stacking for Well being Made Easy


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I feel we’ve all had good intentions the place we wish to begin a brand new behavior or attain a brand new aim, however we wrestle to comply with by way of with it. (I’ve discovered prior to now that typically 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?

As we speak I wish 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. Though I give attention to well being, you should utilize these ideas for private growth or at work.

Please see this record as inspiration and don’t attempt to implement these unexpectedly. I don’t need this to turn into an amazing aim 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 wish to share what others have shared with me and what works for them. To start out, choose one or two habits that strike you or that greatest suit your targets and adapt your every 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 recurrently do. As a substitute of beginning a brand new behavior from scratch, pair it with a present behavior. Take into account the stuff you already do most days and how one can add to them.

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

Considered one of my largest takeaways from the podcast interview with James is to go away no matter supplies I would like 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 achieved brushing my tooth.

You additionally have to be particular about what your set off is. Don’t vaguely say, “I’d wish 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 wish to stretch on daily basis (or stretch extra).” As a substitute, remember to pair it with one other exercise. You could possibly say, “I’ll stretch my neck whereas I wait for everybody to get buckled within the automobile.”

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

Morning Habits

You need to know that I don’t sometimes do anybody behavior every day, however I do some mixture of those nearly each morning after I get up for my morning routine.


I’ve coated the health benefits of getting outside barefoot and absorbing {the electrical} prices from the earth. Grounding is one in every of my favourite issues to do early within the morning, typically earlier than everybody wakes up. It’s an effective way to start out my day without work in nature.

When it’s chilly exterior, I wish 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 really 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. Typically, I’ll take time to practice gratitude whereas I’m contained in the sauna. That’s my set off for me to assume by way 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 straightforward to do at residence. (Listen to this podcast to learn more.)

Some issues you possibly can 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 replenish and maintain it, you’ve got about 15-20 minutes to simply lay on the ground or within the tub. Simply maintain child wipes close by so you possibly can clear your arms earlier than you contact something. I’ve even had buddies inform me they’ll 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 an effective way to flush your lymphatic system. This is my favorite brush set.

A pal instructed me she struggles to recollect to water her plants, so whereas ready for decent water, she places an previous pitcher below the bathtub faucet and lets it replenish. This fashion, she provides her crops some love and doesn’t neglect about them! Her set off to recollect is retaining 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 really like how the low-level vibrations assist stimulate my lymphatic muscular tissues and stabilizer muscular tissues.

Every day Habits

Take into account what your every day habits already are the place you possibly can stack any well being habits. You’d be stunned at how simple it’s so as to add to your every day routine.


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

As a substitute of mindlessly listening to the radio, think about how one can optimize your listening habits:

  • Hearken to a devotional
  • Hearken 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 widespread is common social connections)


We’ve all needed to wait for somebody or for one thing to start out. Though my first intuition is the unhealthy behavior of grabbing my telephone, I’ve tried to let these moments be a set off for one in every of these good habits:

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

You may be stunned at what you’ve got sufficient time for.


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

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

In the event you’re making an attempt to optimize your well being with dietary supplements, I discover it’s best to recollect to take them with meals if I go away 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 children 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 incessantly test my favourite meal planning service, Real Plans, for what’s on the menu tomorrow and see how I can get forward. I attempt to:

Now and again, 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 on daily basis, however typically I’ll pull out all my dry items for the following 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 residence. In my prep space, I set out the next:

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

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

Take into account what home equipment you possibly can pull out and fill with non-perishable substances the evening earlier than (even including the water will prevent time the following day).

  • On the spot Pot
  • Sluggish cooker
  • Immersion blender
  • Stand mixer
  • Pots and pans

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

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

Consuming Water

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

If I’m actually feeling fancy (really I’m simply making an attempt to get my children 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, try these options for pitchers, countertop filters, and under-sink options. Once we had a countertop one, I used to be infamous for forgetting to maintain it stuffed. If I had identified about behavior stacking again then, I may need tried a routine like:

  • Dinner
  • Clear up
  • Fill instantaneous kettle with water for espresso within the morning
  • Prime off water filters so we’ve recent water tomorrow

Tub Time

Similar to with a bathe, I attempt to stack my habits (however not too many so it’s not anxious as a result of that’s not price 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 number 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 bathtub, I maintain magnesium oil in my room, so I keep in mind to rub it on.

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

Weekly Habits

Not the whole lot you wish to do to enhance your well being needs to be achieved every day. There are nonetheless large advantages from performing some issues as soon as every week. I wish to rotate what I embrace in my morning routine and exercises.

Take into account what you would possibly wish to add in as soon as every week for higher habits. Take into consideration what your weekends appear like or your husband’s day without work and how one can let that be a set off for what you wish to add in.

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

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

Ideas for Success

Total, I remind myself that every of those tiny modifications will make an enormous distinction over time. I don’t beat myself up if I miss one time. I simply determine a simpler cue for the brand new habits I wish to do.

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

However, some days I would like 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 residence 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, think about discovering an accountability companion if you happen to’re making an attempt to ascertain a brand new behavior. Ship this text to a pal and inform her the one new behavior you wish to give attention to and that you simply’re going to inform her whether or not or not you’ve completed it to encourage you to remain on monitor.

If you wish to study extra, choose up the ebook 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 ebook 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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