Stop breaking but start making habits in 2018

Some habits are harder to break than others. I recently gave up my beloved coffee for a month. I have no idea why, just seemed like a good idea at the time. It wasn’t. Now, I’m not in the premier league of coffee drinking, maybe one or two cups a day, but I really need that little hit first thing in the morning, just to make everything work properly. I’m not one of those four or five cups of tar black rocket fuel a day guys, who can order an espresso after dinner, with little thought given to what time I might eventually, if at all, get some sleep.

So the first few days were ok, nothing major to report. This seems easy, what’s all the fuss about. Day four dawns with the sort of headache that makes it feel like your eyes have shrunk and are rattling around in your head. It feels like I have some sort of force of nature pressing in on my skull from all sides. I spend the next few days shaking, yawning and aching. Very unpleasant. I’m fairly stubborn and eventually the detox eased into a smug sense of self-satisfaction. “I’m king of the world, I won’t be beaten by this monkey on my back”.

I did eventually manage to make it to my target, and as the thirty-first day broke, I didn’t really feel like going back to that caffeine dependant addict that I had once been. It didn’t last long. I arrived early at a location in London for a photo shoot, and the only place open was a coffee shop. “I could get a decaf” I thought to my self as I pushed open the heavy door and was welcomed by the familiar aroma, I walked up to the counter and as I ordered, I heard a voice say “ I’ll have a large latte please”! Was that my voice? Yes it was, and I took my prize to a small corner of the shop and sat at a steamy window looking out over the empty city. From the first sip to the last, I was in total euphoria. The buzz was instant and totally overwhelming, it was like walking on air all day, and I vowed to never give up things that I like for no reason again. What is the point? As long as you aren’t hurting yourself, or anyone else, why deny yourself life’s little pleasures.

Habits can be very powerful, and in the right place, you can put them to very good use. If you are trying to look after yourself, you might get into the habit of going to a gym, walking to work, using the stairs, only having six sugars in your tea, that sort of thing. I am now in the habit of looking after my skins health. Just a little time each day has really made a big difference. It doesn’t have to be complicated, even if you just start by properly cleansing your face, and using a little moisturiser, you will be surprised at how quickly it becomes second nature, and what a difference it will make. I’m hooked, and just like coffee, I’m not giving it up any time soon.

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