Welcome to 2018! I am excited to bring you more lifestyle and nutrition posts this year. I wanted to start off the year with something a little different – a post about how to build/change habits. Of course this is relevant if you’re currently trying to stick to your New Year’s resolutions but these tips can be used any time of year!
- I think the first and probably most important step in forming a habit is determining your goals or your ‘why.’ If you can identify exactly where your new habit is going to take you physically, emotionally, etc. it will make it that much easier to stick with it. Having a solid, meaningful reason why you want to make a change can keep you motivated when times get tough.
- I also believe it’s important to start small. Small, gradual changes can lead to big improvements over time. Change isn’t always easy but you can make it easier on yourself by taking reasonable steps toward your goals. For example, say you want to make going to the gym 5x/week a habit – maybe start with 2-3x/week and work up from there.
- Set yourself up for success. If you want to eat better, maybe this means that you always have healthy options around. Or, in the above example, if you’re looking to get to the gym more often – schedule your classes in advance and plan out your schedule every week to keep yourself accountable.
- Track your progress. Start a journal or a note in your phone documenting how things are going. This is a great way to see how much you’ve accomplished but also to get a better idea if/why something isn’t working for you.
- Give yourself time & grace. Research suggests that it can take anywhere from 21 days to two months to make a habit stick. If you fall off the wagon one day, get right back on it the next. Don’t expect to see results overnight and always fall back on your why to keep you moving forward!
What kind of habits are you looking to make/change this year? Let me know in the comments!