After a week of eating (and over-eating) wonderful food in Newfoundland (fish and chips anyone?), it’s a challenge to get back to regular eating habits. If you’re like me, it’s super hard to develop good habits but really easy to get off track. Here are some tips to develop better habits.
- Get Motivated: Ask yourself three questions. Why do you want to adopt the habit? how will your life improve once you do? what will happen if you don’t? write down your answers and post them where you can read them daily.
- Start Small: Set small goals and focus on manageable changes. Habits are more likely to become automatic.
- Set Reminders: It’s easy to fall off tract when adopting a new habit. Consistency is key and setting a reminder will help you build good habits
- Replace a Bad Habit: Grab a fruit instead of a handful of chips or a yogurt instead of ice cream
- Get Others on Board: If you tell people you’re trying to adopt a new habit, the more accountable you’ll feel. You may even motivate them!
- Have Realistic Expectations: Changes don’t happen over night…they take time. Change only comes when you create consistency.
- Do it for 30 Days: Studies show it takes 30 days to form a habit.
- Take on One Habit at a Time: Although you may feel motivated to make changes, taking on several habits at once may prevent you from adopting any of them
- Reward Yourself: A small reward will keep you motivated especially on days when it’s tough to stay on track.
Challenges to be aware of:
- Loss of Motivation: Try to remember your original intention
- You’re off Track: If you’ve been ill or have been travelling, don’t let that deter you; try again the next day or as soon as you’re able. You only fail when you fall off track and stay there
- Negative Thoughts: Silence your inner critic by surrounding yourself with positivity.