5 habit – changers that will change your life!
It’s 8 months since we began this new year and before we know it – it will be January 1 and we will be making a new set of resolutions all over again.
It may surprise you to know that 25% of people abandon their New Years Resolution within the first week! And for those who prevailed – 60% abandon them after six months! AND, the average person makes the same resolution 10 separate times without success!
Be honest . . . how many times have you found yourself committing to change the way you eat, the way you live, how often you exercise and how much time you set aside each week for self improvement?
It is time to form a new habit!
There is some discrepancy in the number of days it takes to form a new habit. However, what we do know is it requires between 21 and 66 days of repetition – before a habit becomes automatic. Sometimes changing habits can seem like a daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Making small and consistent changes in our daily routines can have big positive effects in the long run.
Here are a few tips to follow:
Make your “instead of” list – take a moment to think about the bad habits you want to break and the new habits you want to form. Jot down in one column your current bad habits. In the next column describe how that bad habit makes you feel and why you want to change it. Next to each bad habit, write down a viable substitute. For example if you want to give up grabbing fast food on the run because it makes you feel sluggish. Write that down and then write down options of healthy snacks you could plan to carry with you at all times.
Restructure your environment – remove clutter and organize everything around you. Organize all the items that you will need in developing your new habit. For example if you are wanting to get into a better daily skin care regimen, pick a few items that you will want to use every day (such as cleansing gel and serum). Set them out where you will see them and remove the other items for which you don’t need as a reminder to use (such as your toothpaste, hair brush etc.).
Think of it as an experiment – withhold judgment of yourself until after a month has passed – think of it as an experiment in your own behavioral changes. Some studies show that thinking of it as an experiment can increase your odds of sticking with your changes. Don’t think of it as a pass or fail – think of it as progress.
Use visualization – Did you know that to your brain, experiencing a vivid image in your mind is almost as powerful as if that experience happened in real life? Visualization can guide you into a new way of thinking, feeling and behaving. Take a few moments to think about what kind of habits or routines you would love to build in your life. Choose one habit at a time to focus on during your visualization. Try to paint a vivid picture of yourself taking action. Engage all of your senses and make it as real as possible. For example, if you are wanting to give up your morning bagel with cream cheese and replace it with a healthier option – visualize that full process of preparing a healthy smoothie in a blender. Think about the types of fruits and vegetables you are going to add, how it tastes, how it smells and the way you feel after drinking it.
Drop the guilt – schedule “me time” – Even the busiest among us should allow ourselves 30 minutes dedicated solely to ourselves. But, most of us don’t take that time and we put it off for a day in our future when we feel we are more caught up. The challenge with this way of thinking is your “me time” never arrives. Something is always going to pop up on your day that takes your attention away from this special time. Decide you are worth it, and put yourself on your calendar for this “me time” – ink it in. Maybe it is reading one of your favorite fashion magazines, or relaxing with an at-home facial treatment or maybe it is spending some time on retail therapy. Whatever makes you happy, do it!