How do I create new healthy habits?

Creating new healthy habits can be challenging, but it is an important step toward improving your overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips to help you create new healthy habits.

Start small: Don’t try to make too many changes at once. Choose one small habit that you can consistently work on.

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Try habit stacking: Tie your new habit to another established habit. Rather than pairing your new habit with a particular time and location, you pair it with a current habit. For example:

    • After I pour my cup of coffee each morning, I will meditate for one minute.
    • After I take off my work shoes, I will immediately change into my workout clothes.
    • After I sit down to dinner, I will say one thing I’m grateful for that happened today.

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Make it specific: Instead of saying “I will exercise more,” set a specific goal such as “I will go for a 30-minute walk every day.”

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Make it easy: Choose a habit that is easy to do and fits into your current routine. For example, if you’re not a morning person, don’t try to start a habit of waking up early to exercise.

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Keep track: Use a journal, app, or other tools to track your progress. This can help you see how far you’ve come and stay motivated.

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Get support: Share your goals with friends or family members who can help you stay on track. Consider joining a support group or finding an accountability partner.

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Be patient: Creating new habits takes time, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see improvement right away. Keep working at it and you’ll eventually see progress.  Small changes add up over time.

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Celebrate your accomplishments: When you make progress or see growth, acknowledge your success! This will help you stay motivated to continue working towards your goals.

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