4 simple hacks teaching you how to start healthy habits & how to get them to stick. Making your goals automatic & part of your daily routine with little effort.
Let’s talk about how to start healthy habits. It does happen to be the new year as I write this but new habits don’t have to be made at the beginning of a new year.
Throughout the year we can have a strong desire to change and start a healthy lifestyle. Maybe this is the first time you’ve ever needed help. Or maybe you’ve been on this journey for a while and you need help because you feel like you’ve “fallen off the wagon” so to speak and need to get back on track.
Either way, there are many areas in our lives that could be improved or made easier from creating new habits. Your healthy habits goal doesn’t have to be weight loss intended. Maybe you could benefit most by getting into the habit of drinking more water each day. Or maybe it’s your work health or spiritual health that you want to focus on.Small daily habits can have a huge impact on your healthClick To Tweet
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For the last three months, I have been focusing on my spiritual health. In October the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints challenged the women of the church to re-read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year. I decided to follow through and I had a goal to both read the entire Book of Mormon over again and to read it every day as well. While I did miss a day or two through the three months I did finish the book before midnight on Dec. 31st 😉
I did this using a couple of methods I’m going to talk about in more detail below. Like scheduled reading time on my calendar each day and sharing my goals with my mother-in-law & daughter.
Many areas in our lives could be improved or made easier if we created new habits.
I know getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a “good” habit can be a little more challenging.
I want to share with you 4 “How to Start Healthy Habits” hacks that can make it easier for you to be successful. After implementing some of these tricks your new goals will become automatic, something you can do without even thinking about it. Like brushing your teeth.
How to Start Healthy Habits
Decide What You Want To Do
The first step on how to start healthy habits should always be to decide what specific goal do you have. Having a goal to “lose weight” or “be more active” is unfortunately not enough. Such a vague goal makes it hard to stay motivated and track your wins. Making it harder to stay motivated and see your goal through to the end.
I recommend you start with a SMART goal. Decide what your new habit will be using the SMART goals method and then commit to when and how you’re going to reach your goals.
Put It On The Schedule
After you know what the new habits you want to start or change are I would schedule regular reminders and the required action steps on your calendar. Or any place you need to so you’re constantly reminded of what needs to be done.
I live by my calendar. If it isn’t written on my calendar I often forget all about it. My calendar syncs to my phone, computer and tablet. So I always have access to it no matter where I am. If it isn’t written on the calendar chances are it isn’t getting done.
If you don’t live like that you need to find other places to remind yourself to do the new habit. Maybe you live by your phone. Set a reoccurring alarm on your phone to remind you to do whatever you need to do.
Maybe it goes off every hour reminding you to stand and walk around for a few minutes. Maybe an alarm telling you to drink another glass of water. Or what we really need is an intuitive alarm that says put that piece of pizza down!
Schedule your new habits or add them to your daily to-do list until they become something you do automatically.
Add It To Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit
Whenever it’s possible to piggyback a new habit onto an old one you should take advantage. This will help you ease the transition into the new healthy lifestyle.
For example, If you already have a habit of making a cup of herbal tea mid-afternoon change the ritual to go for a quick walk and then come back and enjoy your tea. Or if you always grab a snack at 10:00 but it’s unhealthy junk food. Stock up on healthy snacks to replace the chips.
I find it helpful to take this in steps. Maybe you aren’t ready for a full-on organic, whole food snack to replace your chips… maybe instead you could find some healthier crackers like these. They aren’t perfect but they are better than chips and still give you the salty crunchy satisfaction. One day you will be able to replace the crackers with an even healthier snack.
A new behavior takes time before it becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower.
Existing habits or rituals are easier to amend than creating an entirely new one.
Making those daily healthy habit reminders a little easier to bare.
Go Public & Be Accountable – OR – Find A Partner & Be Accountable
This tip can be a little tricky. Most likely there are people in your life who are saboteurs. They don’t realize it, they don’t intend to sabotage your goals, but they do none the less.
If possible don’t tell these people about what you’re trying to do. Find family members or friends that you know, from past experience, are supportive of you starting a healthy lifestyle. People who will truly be there to help you stick to your plan and keep you accountable.
Another great option especially if you don’t have a lot of these supportive people in your life, find like-minded strangers.
Try searching for a Facebook group, some are broad while others are niched down quite a bit. Finding the right group might take some trial and error but you will find your people. You will find the right group if you put in the effort. These strangers might even become some of your best friends. Don’t knock it. The right group can be invaluable.
If you aren’t afraid of putting yourself out there it could be cathartic and helpful to create an online journal so to speak. Talk about the healthy habits you’re starting, what your goals are or maybe the ups and downs of starting a healthy lifestyle on Instagram stories.
Knowing that others are reading or watching it and know about your new goals might be enough to keep you going when you feel like throwing in the towel.
Give these simple little hacks on how to start healthy habits a try. Keep using the ones you find helpful until you have made habits you can stick to without the help of any tools or support.
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