We all have bad habits we want to break, right? We beat ourselves up for doing things we know are bad for our bodies, minds and and may even negatively affect those around us. Then why is it so hard to break those bad habit? It’s because we frame them in the negative. “I’ve got to stop biting my nails.” “I need to quit snacking when I’m not hungry.” “I shouldn’t be so lazy.” STOP, QUIT, SHOULDN’T! Your brain does not know the difference between “should and shouldn’t,” “do,” and “don’t.” It just hears lazy, snacking, bite your nails… you get the idea.
What if we re-frame our thoughts? What if we decide to start new, good habits that would naturally replace our old, bad habits ? Starting good habits naturally leads to a more positive self-image and self-confidence. We can choose to dwell on the positive instead of the negative and give ourselves a head start to success!
Here’s a simple example: Want to stop biting your nails? Consider starting a new habit of giving yourself a quick daily or weekly manicure! Or splurge and have a professional do it! Your hands will look better and you’ll be able to see progress as your nails grow stronger and healthier.
So… how do we start new, healthy habits? Here are some tips from the experts!
FIND YOUR WHY
Why do you want to start the new habit? What are the benefits you’ll get from making this new, healthy habit a part of your daily life? Identifying your ‘why’ is the most important step. You’ll need to remember these reasons when you feel like giving up, if you slip up and go back to an old habit, or if you don’t see the kind of results you were hoping for as soon as you expected.
In order to make something new a part of your everyday life, you’ve got to plan for it! Add it to your daily schedule. Include your ‘why’ with your calendar reminder to help motivate you to stick with it! Have a plan to outsmart your excuses!
Tell others about your new habit and your ‘why.’ Ask them to help hold you accountable and to remind you of your ‘why’ when you’re struggling. Offer to do the same for them. You may inspire them to start a new, healthy habit with you!
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