Developing Healthy Habits

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Do you ever wish you were a little bit better at sticking to your goals and incorporating more healthy habits into your daily life? Here are 5 strategies to help make your healthy habits stick:

1. Choose One Habit at a Time

Trying to change too many things at once can be overwhelming and will most likely result in failure or disappointment. Pick just one thing and stick with it until you have mastered it. Once that habit has become second nature it is then time to move on to your next habit.

2. Keep It Small and Simple

Don’t try and reinvent your life in one giant leap, take baby steps instead. If your goal is to drink 2 liters of water every day, then start by drinking 1 glass of water every morning when you wake up. Do that for a week and when you don’t have to actively think about doing it anymore add in the next step, which may be a second glass of water at 10 AM. Keep adding glasses of water throughout the day and before you know it you’ll be meeting your goal of 2 liters. Baby steps![1]

3. Look Back, Not Forward

Instead of focusing on the end goal and how far you have to go to reach it, celebrate your successes and how far you have come. As you take baby steps towards incorporating a new healthy habit your confidence will build which in turn, will result in a more positive attitude towards reaching your goals.[2]

4. Expect Setbacks and Plan Accordingly

On your path to incorporating new, healthy habits into your life, there will always be a day (or two) where you don’t feel motivated or just plain forget. This is normal and to be expected. This is also the stage where most people feel inclined to throw in the towel as they feel like they have already failed. If you are aware this may happen, and you have a plan in place of how you’re going to overcome it, then you are more likely to be successful.

5. Find Someone to Keep You Accountable

It’s easy to let ourselves off the hook if we keep our intentions to ourselves. Share your goal with a partner or friend who can check in with you to see if you are sticking to your plan. We are more likely to follow through when we let others know because we do not want to disappoint them. Another person can also help when things aren’t going so well by offering support, providing insight and helping to brainstorm ideas for overcoming setbacks.

References:

[1] Clear, James. “The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How to Start New Habits That Actually Stick.” jamesclear.com, 2015. Web. 30 December 2015.

[2] Herman, Todd. “The 90 Day Achievement Engine.” The 90 Day Year, 15 December 2015. Web. 30 December 2015.