A new year means a new start, right? And for many of us, that means forming new habits that will hopefully make a positive impact on our lives. But while it’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s often a little trickier to stick to them. That’s why our Fareham chiropractor has some handy tips to help you create long-lasting habits that stick.
Commit to Thirty Days
It only takes three to four weeks for your habit to come automatically. Making it through the initial 30 days is the hardest; once you’ve cracked that, you’ll start carrying out your habit on auto-pilot, like you do when you brush your teeth or make your morning coffee. Commit yourself to working on your habit for a month and keep remembering that it will soon get easier to adapt to the changes in your life.
Work on it Daily
Consistency is the key to making a habit stick. If you want to start exercising, try going to the gym every day for your first thirty days, even if you can’t keep this frequency going forward. Activities you do once every few days are harder to develop as habits.
Keep it Simple
Trying to completely change your life in one go is unrealistic and will inevitably set you up for a fall. At this time of year, when you are more determined than ever to make positive life changes, it is easy to take on too much. But take your time; and do what you can always do. If your New Year’s resolution is to study for two hours a day, first make the habit to go for thirty minutes and build on that. Trying to do everything is likely to result in doing nothing.
Keep Reminding Yourself
Life’s busy and it can be easy for your new habits to drop down your priority list. To help you remember to keep working on your lifestyle changes, place reminders around your home.
The more consistent you are with developing your habit, the easier it will be to stick. If you want to start exercising for example, try going to the gym or for a run at the same time, in the same place for your thirty days. Routine is one of the best foundations for creating long lasting habits.
Remember that anything worth having is worth working on. So many people give up just before they reach success. It’s not as hard as you think to create new habits; it just takes a little bit of time.