Healthy habits: hard to build and even harder to maintain long-term, right? Not in our opinion! After all, we all have some bad habits or two, and many people were able to crack them. Indeed, you just have to get the process right, and that’s the hard part. You know what you need to do to feel good about yourself and truly protect your health, and now all you have to do is implement a productive plan. To give you an idea of how to manage this, below are some tips you may want to keep in mind.
Change one small thing at a time
Baby steps? we all know they are the best things to get. And even though you’ll want to change a bad habit into a good one within 24 hours, it’s just not going to happen! You need to take it slow, do one thing at a time and then check your progress at the end of the month or even the year. Be sure to celebrate each step and don’t hate yourself for it taking a step back. It happens to everyone and is a normal part of the process.
Build an action plan
The more you know about what you want to do, the easier it will be to actually do those things. So make an action plan. What do you want to change? What will it take to change? And when do you want to make these changes?
Literally write it all down – you’ll thank yourself for the road map later! Be sure to detail your goals and make them specific. You want to have something to work towards, not just a lofty aspiration that sounds good but is completely unattainable!
Work with a professional
Working with a professional to change your habits is one of the best ways to maintain a productive mindset. You can proceed with the confidence that someone who knows what they are talking about is on your side!
So whether you want to get one nutritional valuation about your diet, or you want to work with a physical therapist for poor posture or chronic pain, or you just want to get some PT at the gym, there’s a professional out there who can help.
Use rational thinking strategies
If you can, create some rational thought patterns to help you beat something like a craving or urge. Want to pick up a cigarette? Before you do, think about why you feel that way, what triggered it, and how you can remove yourself or the trigger without regressing. Likewise, if you have feelings that make you feel like you’re going to blow, take yourself to a calmer space and then think about what got you to that point.
Healthy habits take effort and conscious choice every day you build them. But do the work now and you will be rewarded later!