You live in a society that determines our thought process and actions. You are often influenced by the things going around us and try to mould ourselves accordingly. Researches have shown that your habits are associated with some kind of cue or trigger. The environment around is you is the place from where you get those cues or triggers.
The habits that you develop are the reactions to the world around you. You live in the same home, go to the same place for work, meet the same people more often, stay in the same room, etc. This means that your habits will have the influence of the same kind of environment you live in. Since your behaviour is developed by living, eating, sleeping, etc. in the same environment you will find it difficult to learn new habits. When you change your environment it becomes relatively easier to learn and develop new habits.
Since your habits and decisions are influenced by your surroundings, lets us have a look at some examples that show how the environment dictates your thoughts and action process.
- If your work is too far away from the desk, it delays your actions to start that work. You think about starting but you delay it because it requires some effort.
- The plates in which you have your dinner have a wide area. Even when you are not that much hungry, you tend you fill the space of the plate with the food.
- When you are working on the internet, you get a suggestion of some article. You click on that article out of curiosity and begin to read.
The above activities are a result of the things happening around you. Your thought process and actions get adjusted to how you see or feel things around you. This means that even when you complete an activity with your best intentions, it is of no use until it gets the approval of your surroundings.
The environment acts as a reference guide of how you act and respond to the things around you. You look around yourselves and people around you to determine how you should act. The reason the world around you shapes your actions and thoughts is that humans are cognitive misers.
Since the world around you is so important for your habits, you must make sure the environment around you is good. Design your surroundings in such a way that you make good decisions and learn good habits. Try to minimise the distraction around you. The most basic thing that you can do is put healthier food within your reach. The change in you can only begin by changing the environment. If the environment around you is good you would stay motivated and practise better habits.
You all have goals and targets in your lives. The world around you determines how fast or slow you would achieve them. The best you can do to learn good habits and achieve goals faster is to make incremental improvements to your environment. By optimising your environment you will be able to make better choices and your actions would improve. If at any point in life, you need any assistance regarding improving your environment and learning healthy habits for your body, you may get in touch with Living In Wellbeing’s expert counsellors.