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New Year, New Me? A Guide On How To Form Healthy New Habits And Stick To Them


We all want to develop healthy lifestyles, right? I mean, isn't that what wellness is all about? However, let’s be real, how many times have you made new year's

resolutions only for them to fall apart in two weeks? Well, I was like that too. Unfortunately, this happens frequently, so don't be discouraged! In this article, I'll explain the baby steps I took to resolve this issue. It's actually easier than you would imagine, as long as you stay dedicated to your goals.


We, human beings, are creatures of habit. A new habit takes 18 to 254 days to establish, according to a 2009 research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. The study also discovered that it takes an average of 66 days for a new habit to become automatic. With that being said, here are some steps to follow until you’ve developed a new habit.


Abandon The All-or-nothing Strategy

Grandiose goals could be inspiring at first, but attempting too many changes at once is probably going to leave you disappointed. Instead, begin slowly. For instance, if you want to improve your eating habits, start by consistently choosing healthier options at one meal or include one vegetable in each of your daily meals, then go from there.


Also, spend aside time at the start of each week to make a meal plan and grocery list. Find your favorite healthy meal options, such as fruit, vegetables, oatmeal, eggs, smoothies, and so on, and make sure you always have them on hand (hence, the grocery list)


Look For Possibilities To Implement Improvements

Do you want to be active and squeeze in more exercises? Instead of signing up for that marathon, try walking an extra five to ten minutes a few times a day. When possible, use the stairs instead of an elevator. Take a little stroll around the block when bringing in the mail. When you find yourself sitting for too long, take a little stroll. These little habits will make drastic changes in your life.


Have Patience

Keep a food or exercise journal to keep track of your achievements so you can look back on them. Just keep in mind that it can take some time to achieve results. If losing weight is your ultimate objective, pay more attention to the habits that will bring you there than to the number on the scale. No matter how great or tiny your daily achievements may be, it's important to acknowledge them. You’re one step closer to your goals than you were yesterday.


Seek Encouragement From Loved Ones


Contact a family member, friend, or coworker who may be able to assist you in making the changes you desire. If you know someone who regularly works out and stays fit, seek his help. Ask him how does he do it. It might benefit you. You don’t have to do it alone!


Reward Yourself


This is my favorite part: self-reward! If your aim this year is to avoid procrastinating, then reward yourself once you've completed your project or work presentation on time. This could be an ice cream or iced coffee. Alternatively, if you're attempting to save money and have managed to stay within your budget at the end of the month, reward yourself by watching your favorite movie. Thank yourself for being there for you. Doing this will motivate you to stick to your goals.


Forgive Yourself

You'll experience good days and bad days like you would with any habit. Do not let the bad days cause you to lose sight of all your accomplishments. Setbacks are an unavoidable aspect of life. Accept responsibility for your error and move forward. It's easier said than done, but you'll be grateful in the end. Recognize that setbacks are a normal part of the process.


Adjust As Necessary


You may realize that you've made your new habits impractical or that you don't find them beneficial. In that situation, changing your plan is perfectly fine (in fact, it’s necessary). It may take a few modifications before you discover a way that works for you. Don’t let this demotivate you. You are never too out of shape, overweight, or old to adopt healthy lifestyle adjustments. Find what works best for you by experimenting with various approaches. Keep in mind that this is a learning process (I’m still learning something new every day), so it will take time, but the end result will be well worth it.


To conclude, here’s a pro tip: It won't take as much work if you build your habits around positive, enjoyable activities that you enjoy doing. When you discover the joy in living a healthy lifestyle, it will then turn into a habit. A healthier lifestyle will definitely pay off in the long run.


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