The Prophet ﷺ said, “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small”. [Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim]
Similarly, good habits made regularly is what will increase your well-being. But also what will make you reach your goals, in Shaa Allah! So how do we get there, how do we break bad habits and replace with good ones?
Bad habits can act as road blocks and derail your fitness goals
Perhaps all of us know about the “All-Or-Nothing-principle”, where we tried to change too many things at the same time. Which often leads to frustration and a health journey like a roller coaster.
As we just said, in order to increase our well-being and move forward, we need to be consistent and keep up the momentum. Because as much as a 15 min walk can make wonders on our mood, we need to be patient in order to lose fat, regain strength, build strength, build muscles, improve our cardio physique etc. Alhamdulillah.
Therefore, it will be helpful, to implement good habits, so a healthy lifestyle will happen smoothly and with ease.
How to break bad habits
One of the best thing to break a bad habit, or a less beneficial habit, is to replace with a good habit! But also work on one habit at the time.
It’s both easier, and more beneficial to focus on what you actually need, than what you need to improve. An example if you’re dehydrated, tired and drinking too much coffee; the first habit is to start to focus on drinking 2 liters of water per day. Then, that single habit will have so many great benefits and be like a ripple effect.
In general you need at least two weeks to implement a new habit. If you have only one good habit to focus on during two weeks, you’ll soon master it. Then you can add another one, just like my clients do during their Online Coaching, in The Energized Muslimah Program.
Know what triggers unhealthy behavior
My number one trigger is definitively lack of sleep! Which makes me tired, moody, less productive and more likely to eat less healthy for example.
When you know what your triggers are, it’s easier to start to work with these. Because, when you solve the root cause, it’s so much easier to get on top of what needs to improve. Alhamdulillah.
External support can be helpful, and we are many times influenced by the people around us. However, we need to learn to empower ourselves, and take responsibility for ourselves, our own happiness and our own health.
Always remember your deep “why” and inner motivation. Those days when you’ll struggle with motivation or moving forward, remind yourself why this goal and these actions are important to you.
Then, seek out inspiring communities where you feel you are together with likeminded sisters that understand you, and those that help you to improve your overall well-being.
Remember your purpose
Often times, which is a daily struggle, we get too caught up in this dunya and temporary life. But it’s also very easy to start to compare to others etc.
Instead, say Alhamdulillah, Bismillah, in the name of Allah, and feel inner peace. As a Muslimah alhamdulillah, we pray 5 times a day and we should always strive for kushoo, or concentration in our prayers. We can make du’ua at any time, anywhere. We can always speak directly to Allah SWT.
When we start with Bismillah, we do what we do in the name of Allah SWT. Our intention is for Allah SWT, and going out for a walk to relax and connect into ourselves can then also be a form of worship, where we are ponder upon the beautiful creation of Allah SWT, SubhanAllah. Alhamdulillah.
How we speak to ourselves
Putting the things together; the amazing thing and gratitude of being a Muslimah and knowing our “why”; we are more likely to speak kind to ourselves. Anyhow, we should, because we are a beautiful creation of Allah SWT, and everything we are and have is from Allah SWT. So, Alhamdulillah!
Speak kind with yourself, and remember to empower yourself. Then you’re sure to be empowered. Because, we cannot be sure other people will empower us, and regardless, it’s our own responsibility. Alhamdulillah. Just like we will be alone on the Day of Judgement also. Alhamdulillah.
Remember your inner strength, remember how amazing your body is SubhanAllah, mashaAllah, nourish yourself and be empowered! Yes, you can.
Switch a bad habit for a better one
Do you for example use to have white bread with honey for breakfast? Decide to change the bread to a brown bread with fiber, and eat it with an omelette instead.
Do you use to stay up at night watching TV? Decide to switch off the TV and read a book instead.
And again, remember the positive outcomes that can come from doing these beautiful changes. Especially with the last example. What are the benefits of going to bed earlier, and ended the evening by reading a hard copy book instead of TV? Most likely you learned many new things, you got better sleep quality, and you woke up for Fajr on time, or even for Tahajjud!
Physical activity affects you both physically and mentally in an amazing way! When you’re into a routine of taking care of your body, while pushing yourself and boosting yourself with happy endorphins; you are more likely to not only improve your overall well-being and health, but also determination and productivity.
Yes! “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak while there is good in both”. [Muslim]
Strive for progress, not perfection
Alhamdulillah, subhanAllah, perfection belongs only to Allah SWT. As much as we should strive for excellence, we must never allow ourselves to feel bad or start to procrastrinate. Some days we feel awesome and we are in flow, some days we are feeling like we are not in such a flow. But we have to keep going. We can never ever give. Just keep going. Just like Allah SWT is the One we think He is, SWT.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah, may He be exalted, says: ‘‘I am as My slave thinks I am, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers me to himself, I remember him to Myself; if he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him in a gathering better than it; if he draws near to Me a handspan, I draw near to him an arm’s length; if he draws near to me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length; if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari (7405) and Muslim (2675)]And just like Allah SWT forgives all sins except shirk (associating partners with Allah SWT). Allah SWT is the Most Merciful, so we must always keep going and never give up on ourselves. Alhamdulillah.
What do you take with you from this reading? Please share with me, I always love to hear from you!
Thank you & Energetic Regards,