A New Year, A New Health Habit
How To Start Forming Better Habits You Love – Part 1
Would you like to form healthier habits that you would grow to love this year? As you start to set new goals for this year think of these things to keep you on track. We are going to do our best to send you several blogs in the start of the New Year that allows you to chart a course towards healthier lifestyle choices, here is the first scoop!
How do you get a person to do the same activity, love it and continue to make that a part of their life? Start by making a decision which should be The Habit of Choice. It does sound simple, right? According to a senior lecturer in psychology at King’s College London, Benjamin Gardner, there are three phases of habit forming:
The Right Way To Set Goals
Step one. Is “initiation”; making up your mind to change a behavior and in what context. Being vague on the habit that you want to make happen is not the most successful approach. And the best approach is to set a specific day, even the time or a window of time that you want to do this habit. For example, get to the gym twice a week is less specific versus getting to the gym from 5 to 7 Wednesday and Friday evenings. Specificity is the key! It seriously blocks the time off.
Step Two. The second component is making it fun; how many of your friends or spouses have you heard complaints like “it is too cold or hot outside or I do not like machines”? Especially, in regards to exercise, and there are lots of people who are like them! So, to make it fun, listen to some favorite music or a podcast during the exercise sessions. The habit might be easier to accomplished if you create a rewards system afterwards, like jumping in a hot tub, for example to relax or treating yourself to a deep tissue massage at the end of the week. Fun it must have or you just will not stick with it.
Step Three. The third component is to know that habits take time to implement! Remember Rome was not built in a day, so neither is changing your lifestyle. The new clinical research shows that it takes 66 days for a true habit to form. If you can break down your suggested new habits into individual parts, by addressing the big habit that you want to change is the key to get the biggest impact in the New Year!
The Importance Of Consistency
Once you have a small success, it is now easy to keep going. Often times patients do not want to change their habits because they feel it is too tough or complicated to change it all. If you can just time chunk it into small bite-size changes over time, you are able to stick with it and experience the amazing transformation along the way.
What To Avoid
Getting discouraged is so easy. And I have experienced so many of our patients having a tendency to stop making progress in their health choices towards a better lifestyle simply due the variability of life. Life and life stressors will always be present; your health will not be the same if you do not decide to start making it priority!
How To Begin
Set your goal for this week to write down those lifestyle habits that have been neglected (which you seemed to know in the past set you up for success). Create your roadmap for the next 3 months in the first quarter of each habit you want to implement and when. Remember one habit at a time is ideal with a break in between as you implement more healthy lifestyle changes. Here are the areas where modified could improve your overall well being (not all encompassing) to consider creating habits with
- Meditation (this could include an adrenal nap daily!)
- Food choices
- Cleansing Date
- General Practitioner Check up
- Blood work
- Dental Cleaning
- Supplements Taking?
Good luck! Remember You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To! Oftentimes It Is our less than positive thoughts that get in our way. So set yourself up for health success in the New Year, stay positive and consistent with better habits this time around!