Here are a few tips I have found very helpful for implementing healthy habits
(Or how to eat more kale, drink more tea, stress less, exercise more, help others, and more).
1. Start Small
Start with some ‘mini goals’ that make it super easy for you to succeed. Take upon yourself something you want to add to your life, and set aside a specific time or place to accomplish it.
For example: If you want to eat more veggies, instead of adding them to every meal which can be a drastic change, add them to one meal, for some time, succeed, and move on to your next ‘mini goal’!
2. Celebrate the Little Successes
Be proud of yourself for accomplishing your ‘mini goal.’ This part should be really fun! Pat yourself on the back and then treat yourself to a bath, a nap, or any other type of self-care.
3. Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself
If you saw your friend trying to do what you were doing, would you say “What’s wrong with you why can’t you do this?” Or would you cheer them on, and be extra kind? When we are thinking about ways to improve, we tend to be very hard on ourselves. So please, don’t be too hard on yourself. Rather, BE EXTRA NICE TO YOURSELF, forgive yourself if you slip up, and cheer yourself onwards.
4. Create A ‘Cheer Squad’
Studies have shown that it is much easier to implement healthy habits in the company of others. You can get together with friends or family and decide that you are all going to work on “X.” You would then act as cheerleaders and coaches for each other, encouraging each other, and celebrating each other’s progress.
5. Keep At It (Practice, Practice, Practice)
In the words of Maimonides, “Positive behavior characteristics are not acquired by doing great (positive) acts but rather by repeating positive acts. For example, giving $1,000 to one charity will not accustom a person to being generous, whereas giving $1 to 1000 different charities rehearses the trait of generosity in that individual. That repeated action of giving regulates that person to continue giving. By repeating an act many times, an established behavior or emotional pattern is formed. In contrast, one great act does do some level of good, but the motivation may disappear shortly thereafter.”
When instating new healthy habits like of being more grateful, kind, optimistic
judging less, being more present, being a good friend and family member, stressing less… It’s important to realize that they need to be practiced over and over and over again. It takes a lot of repetition (and patience and love) to create a new habit.
So, here's to healthy habits, AND HERE'S TO YOU!