I’m not going to sugar coat it, forming new habits can be hard.
Deciding we want to form new healthy habits is easy – but actually sticking to them is another story.
Our brains are hardwired to repeat the same behaviours through repetition. While this unfortunately means that old habits can be hard to get rid of, it also means that new habits can replace those old ones over time.
These are my 5 best tips for sticking to healthy habits:
1. Start Slow
I’m guilty of having an “all or nothing” attitude and I know first hand how badly it can backfire on you.
When you’re trying to create new healthy habits, starting slow is the key to not overwhelming your mind or your body.
If you eat fast food for every meal and decide overnight that you’re going to eat only fruits and vegetables, two things will happen: 1. Your body, digestion and hormones are going to go haywire and 2. The sudden change in diet will not only be overwhelming to your body but also to your mind and your will power. It most likely won’t be sustainable and you’ll be back to eating how you were before in no time.
Introducing healthy habits slowly will ensure that your body has time to get used to the changes without unpleasant consequences. It will also make your habits seem less overwhelming and you’ll be more likely to stick with them long-term.
2. Make Them Enjoyable
Creating new healthy habits isn’t always easy but if you can find a way to make them enjoyable you will be much more likely to stick with them.
For example, if you want to eat better then find healthy recipes that taste good and that you actually enjoy.
Or if you want to exersize more, find a friend to work out with or make a playlist of your current favourite songs to listen to on a walk so that you actually look forward to exersizing.
For every new healthy habit that you want to implement there’s a way to make it more enjoyable, you just have to get creative!
3. Have A Powerful “Why”
In order to stick to new habits you have to have strong, convincing reasons to do so.
Ask yourself why you want to live a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you want to heal an illness, look and feel amazing or set a good example for your children.
Now, dig deeper. Why do you want to do those things? Maybe you want to heal an illness so that you’re around long enough to see your kids get married and have children. Maybe you want to look and feel amazing so that your self hate stops sabotaging every aspect of your life. Maybe you want to set a good example for your children so that they are proud of the strong, healthy mother that you are and want to follow in your footsteps.
Whatever your “why” is, make sure it’s powerful, important and inspiring. Write it down somewhere where you can look at it everyday to remind yourself why you want to stick to your new habits.
4. Create A Routine
Creating a solid routine around the healthy habits that you want to implement in your life will help you to stick to them.
When you do these things around the same time everyday it will eventually become second nature and you’ll be a lot less likely to let your new habit fall by the wayside.
If you want to start meditating, choose a time to do it everyday, such as right when you wake up or right before you go to bed. Or if you want to start drinking a certain herbal tea, make one for yourself eveyday when you make your lunch.
Whatever new habits you’re trying to form, figure out where they fit best into your schedule and do them at that time every single day.
5. Give Yourself Grace
Giving yourself grace doesn’t come easy to everybody and is something that I’ve really been working on thanks to my amazing life coach, Nina.
Beating yourself up about straying from your new habits will only make you feel bad and make you more likely to abandon the habit all together.
You’re only human and if you slip up sometimes that’s okay. Accept it, forgive yourself and move on.
What new healthy habits are you trying to implement in your life?