The Journey to Health: 7 Tips for Developing Lifelong Healthy Habits
Updated: Feb 26, 2021
It seems that in today's day and age, we are all constantly going. From the time we wake up to when we fall asleep, our lives are filled with continuous stimulation and endless to-do lists. Multitasking has become second nature to us. While this can be good for many reasons, it seems like we have forgotten how to slow down to enjoy life.
Creating healthy habits means slowing down to enjoy what's in front of you, savoring every moment and every bite.
Set realistic goals. Don't just say, "I'm going to start working out." Be specific. What type of exercise will you do? What days and times are you going to work out? How long will you work out? Bring your goal to life by writing it down. Why is this goal important to you?
Adjust your environment. This goes for your physical and mental environment. If your goal is to reach for healthy snacks, make sure you physically keep healthy snacks around. As for maintaining a healthy mental attitude, feed your mind with positive and uplifting thoughts. Surround yourself with friends and family who will support you on your journey.
Be accountable. Find a trustworthy family member or friend with whom you can share your goals. Tell them why these goals are important to you and ask for their encouragement. Having someone to support you can provide an extra boost when you need it.
Be patient. Making changes does not mean you need to be perfect! Change is not easy, so don't beat yourself up if you fall off course. Messing up certainly does not mean you have to start from the beginning. Acknowledge that you can learn from your mistakes then get back to working hard! Repeating a mantra, such as "I am strong, and I can do this," will keep you positive.
Take it one thing at a time. It's easy to become stressed when things are piling up on your to-do list. Doing one thing at a time makes tasks more manageable. Help yourself focus by turning off your phone to limit distractions.
Slow down. Meditation, getting fresh air, and practicing some form of self-care are ways you can recharge and recenter. It's essential to take a minute for yourself and be present. Sometimes it’s helpful to have reminders that you don't always have to be in "go'' mode.
Find joy in the process. At the end of each day, take a moment to appreciate what you've accomplished. List all of the positive things and let yourself feel excited about your achievements. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.