Making Positive Habits a Reality
By Stepy Kamei
Our daily routines are mostly made up of habits we've learned and picked up over the years which we find to be working for us. Unfortunately, bad habits can often disguise themselves as being positive additions to our lifestyles when in reality they are anything but positive. If you're ready to start making positive changes to your everyday routine, you'll want to start by assessing the current habits you follow on a daily basis. Once you determine which ones to keep or strengthen, and which ones to kick to the curb, you'll be much better off in terms of improving your overall health and wellness.
Make an Action Plan
It's hard to get started on any goal if it isn't clearly defined. Take the time to sit down and write down a list of goals you want to achieve, and the ways you plan on achieving them. That last step is important because it's not too helpful to simply write "I want to lose weight." You also need to come up with clear actions on how you're going to achieve that goal, and start following those actions in the form of healthy habits on a daily basis. To achieve your bigger and broader goals, you'll need to dial in on the "little" things.
Take Small Steps
People often make big goals for themselves, then get quickly discouraged when they don't see results right away and end up giving up on the plan altogether. True progress is best measured in baby steps, which make it so much easier to achieve any large goal. Keeping with the goal of wanting to lose weight, you can break this down into smaller steps such as:
- Going for a 30-minute jog three times a week.
- Preparing meals which are high in protein and low in saturated fat.
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
Making these small goals in order to reach a bigger one is a great way to transform negative habits into positive ones.
Establish Triggers and Reminders
You may need some help along the way as you transition to healthier habits. You may want to start setting up triggers as reminders for your new habits. For example, every time you check your phone, you should take a sip of water. This can help you pick up the habit of staying hydrated. Making triggers like this for yourself is a simple way to stay on track to achieving your broader health and wellness goals.