It's that time of year where everyone is starting to think about what they want to change, improve, add or omit something in the upcoming new year. Making a new healthy habit stick can be challenging, but it's not impossible. Here are some tips to help you succeed:
Start small: Don't try to overhaul your entire lifestyle all at once. Choose one small, achievable goal and work on it until it becomes a habit. For example, if you want to start exercising more, aim to do a 10-minute walk every day for a week, then gradually increase the duration as you get more comfortable. Action steps make it easier to get to your goal or habit. It takes the fear response right out of your amygdala.
Make it easy: Set yourself up for success by making it easy to follow through on your new habit. If you're trying to eat healthier, keep healthy snacks on hand and get rid of all the junk in the house, or if you're trying to exercise more, keep your workout clothes and equipment visible and accessible. Set reminders on your smartphone and utilize alarms.
Track your progress: Keep a record of your progress to help you stay motivated and see how far you've come. This could be as simple as keeping a journal or using a tracking app. I personally like a journal with prompts for goal setting and reflection.
Celebrate your victories: Don't forget to celebrate your successes along the way. No matter how small you accomplished something and that deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.
Find accountability: It can be helpful to have someone to motivate and support you, whether it's a friend, family member, or a coach. Consider joining a group or finding an accountability partner to help you stay on track. Have you heard about our Jump Start to Wellness Group launching in February 2023? This is a perfect way to get affordable accountability for your new wellness goals. Subscribe to our mailing list to get the flyer going out this week or check out our social media post about it.
Remember, making a new healthy habit stick takes time and effort, but it's worth it in the long run. Stay patient and consistent, and you'll be on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle. I am rooting for you!
Owner of A Better Path To Wellness LLC