Let’s agree! We are trying to make better health choices every day. Some fail, some work; at the end of the day, all it matters is that if we are progressing. Even small changes can have a significant impact on your health in due course. However, implementing a habit or change always remains the most challenging task. Worry not! We are here to help you.
There are so many blogs on good habits but very less on the process of adopting them. The good thing about good habits is that it is a motivator in itself. The rewards of good habits enable us to work towards it more diligently.
Here are the top three tips that will help you in adopting good health habits.
Bad is good!
There is always something you are particularly working towards. It could be weight loss, better dental hygiene, or skincare or anything. Talk to yourself about the negative impacts it has or it will have. This is similar to the concept of ‘tough love,’ which will eventually make you ready for the change because you don’t want to be susceptible to the adverse effects. This plays a massive role in making yourself understand why it is reasonable and essential. For example, if you are trying to switch to Organic clothing, make a list of positive effects of it and the negative effects of conventional clothing.
It is important that you take up things that you can practice for a long time. Do not fall for shortcuts or go after things aren’t sustainable to you personally. Focus on behavioral change and go one by one. I understand we all have been in a moment where we are dissatisfied and want to change so many things about us suddenly—been there! Sadly, it all doesn’t become a part of your life one fine morning. You have to replace one bad habit with a good one for the starters.
You should also understand you can’t be perfect, and we are all vulnerable to make mistakes. Don’t be hard on yourself if you find yourself if you fail a couple of times. Instead, analyze what went wrong on your side and come up with a solution.
Short and sweet
Set achievable goals that are short term. Happiness in succeeding will motivate you to go further. As mentioned earlier, motivators are important. You can even cheer yourself up by giving rewards upon achieving a target. Be mindful of the reward, and don’t let your heart go back to old or bad habits. You can also tell someone to keep a check on you. That will enable you to be consistent. However, pick someone who will support you and understand your goals. Give yourself some time as adopting a habit is a time taking process. It changes things
Know your triggers and avoid them. That’s a great way to reduce failure. It’s more like taking precautions. Do what it takes to change your environment a bit to stop the old habit. Also, don’t change too many things as you might feel frustrated after a point and leave everything at once. Start small and be smart. Read a lot about the habit and choose the one that’s the best fit for you. Don’t try to exceed expectations initially. When you get accustomed to the habits you won’t think of it as a burden. And when you reach that stage you can focus on shifting your goals to something better.
Like how a mother says, remember, it is all for your good and happiness. All it takes is willpower and persistence to adopt new habits. As the famous saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Take your first step now for a better lifestyle.