October New Habit Challenge: Day 2: Engage All Your Senses

Welcome back to the OCTOBER NEW HABIT CHALLENGE (hyperlink to Day 1 post).  Did you read yesterdays post and have you selected your new habit to create this month?  How did your first day go?  My new habit was to get to sleep by 10PM so I could wake up at 5AM ready to blog.  Last night I went to bed at 9:30 and read until 11:00.  It is a weekend so I did sleep in, so I am cutting myself some slack, but tonight lights and iPad out by 10:00.

If you did not catch us yesterday, you can start today.  Just catch up by reading the post about the OCTOBER NEW HABIT CHALLENGE, select the habit you would like to create, and then jump in with the daily habit tip on this blog.

Today’s New Habit Challenge Tip is…

Engage All Your Senses.  When we engage all our senses we fully experience the benefit we seek.  Think in terms of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.  All may not be completely relevant, but incorporate as many as possible to allow yourself to fully embrace the change in a positive manner.

For example, my new habit is to go to sleep at 10PM.  How can this appeal to all my senses?

  Beds can be a sight of beauty and should trigger a calm and restful emotional state.  I have used my bed as a place to study and research piling notebooks and books on the headboard.  I have even used it to store my Project Management texts.  Today I will remove the clutter and restore the visual beauty to my beds headboard.

Smell.  I am not an expert on aroma therapy, but a quick Google search gave me a list of fragrances that promote calm and relaxation:  atlas cedar, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, sweet marjoram, orange, rose, rose geranium, sandalwood, violet and yiang-ylang.  I do not know most of those, but I will wash my sheets today and dry them with the vanilla lavender drier sheets that I love so when I snuggle into bed tonight I have beautiful fresh scents.

Taste.  This may be a stretch, however, my guys parents have a sweet nightly routine, which I could incorporate into my life as well.  They have tea at 8 every evening.  Some of their friends know that and even join them for an evening tea.  I do like the Sleepytime tea and love the feel and aroma of a hot cup of tea.  I think adding an evening bedtime routine of tea and a chapter of whatever I am reading would set the tone for sleep and provide my subconscious with positive thoughts to ponder while my conscious mind rejuvenates.

Sound.  I like to sleep in silence and fall to sleep in silence.  Sounds of my environment, nature and occasional cars are fine, but no white noise, music, or tv while I slip away into slumber.

Touch.  The full body comfort of my bed is important.  I purchased a new bed and mattress a year ago so I am set in this area.  Also a few months ago I created the habit of making my bed daily.  Slipping into a well made bed is so much more comfortable than one that is messed up.

This was a fun exercise to go through.  Bringing together all my thoughts on my new habit from the perspective of each of my senses provides the motivation to get a few things taken care of that will make this habit easier to establish.  These are not just good things or sweet routines, but they will support me in achieving higher goals.  I encourage you to run through this exercise for your habit.  Embracing our habits with all our senses enables these habits to enrich our lives.

I’d love to hear from you.  When you do this exercise, let me know what your habit is and how you will embrace it with all your senses.  Your comments may be the support another reader needs to establish their own new habit.

If you would like support in creating new habits that could increase your life satisfaction consider my FREE Program 30-Days to a New Habit.  You can receive the 30 daily action plans via daily e-mails when you send a blank e-mail to new_habit@weber.com


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  1. Marian Griffin

    I love this and will check out the site that you let here for us!

    I have bought pretty sheets, lots of lovely pillows and a decorative quilt for my bed. It is so pretty, but the trouble is that I rarely bother to make it! Making my bed will become a new habit! Thanks for this!

    • 100smilechallenge

      Hi Marian,
      Did you make your bed today?
      I really think the make your bed habit is a great place to start.
      It is a quick and simple activity that we see each day.
      For me it has been super easy to maintain and really does serve as a daily reminder than I have success patterns that serve me.
      Take Care,

  2. Heather Toveyr Tovey

    This is an excellent tip! I’ve been reading and writing a lot about forming habits lately, and I’m currently working on learning French. My hope is to go English-free in 3 months time!

    Actually, I’m going to be doing a habit each month (similar to what you’re doing here this month) and even hosting a blog hop on building habits starting next month. You’re so right on how they can transform your life.

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely have to figure out how to incorporate more senses into my habit-building.

    • 100smilechallenge

      Hi Heather,
      WOW! I am so impressed with your French goal. That is really great!
      I was reading the other night about how someone has a 30 day project where for 30 days he does something new like learn a new word each day for thirty days.
      He had a comment on his blog that those 30 days are going to go by anyway, now at least at the end of them he has something new he accomplished.
      I love the concept of a new habit a month and I am exploring ways of continuing this each month.
      Keep me in mind for your blog hop, sounds interesting.

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