Good habits that stick can be challenging, but with the right strategy and mindset, you can increase your chances of simply using them daily. Here are some tips to help us and while we are at it our kids too establish and maintain good habits:
1. Start with a small achievement Start with small, manageable changes. When you set lofty goals, you can feel overwhelmed, which makes it harder to maintain your daily routines. For example, if you want to start exercising regularly, start with just 10 minutes a day. 2. Make your habits SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. It helps you stay focused and motivated. 3. Make the new habit a daily routine. The more automated it becomes, the easier it is to maintain. For example, if you want to read more, designate a specific time each day to read, such as before bed. 4. Associate your habit with an existing habit or a specific action. For example, if you want to drink more water, get in the habit of drinking a glass of water before each meal. 5. Track your progress: It's too easy to get distracted by phone apps. We're BIG fans of little notebooks you can slip into your pocket and reread your goals multiple times a day (one of the BEST and most productive habits there is!) 6. Re-read your goals you wrote above in 5. often, at least morning and night! 7. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small. Rewards can strengthen your routine and make it more enjoyable. Just be careful not to use unhealthy rewards that hinder your progress (like eating junk food). 8. Consistency is the key to forming habits. Even on days when you don't feel like it, stick to your routine. Usually the days you don't want to do it make the biggest difference. 9. Falling backwards? Simply analyze what went wrong, adjust your approach, write it in your pocket notebook and move on! 10. Take a few minutes first thing every AM day to visualize the positive results of your habits. Do this again nightly before bed! 11. If you're really struggling, seeing a coach, therapist, or counselor for advice and support may help but remember we are the ones ultimately responsible! Remember though that it's normal to have difficulty forming new, healthier habits and that failure is part of the process. Stay committed, be patient with yourself, and keep your goals in mind and in your notebook really can make an enormous difference in life and health! Over time these habits can become your daily routine. That is the ultimate plan! ~ We Are Here for You
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