Rekindle Healthy Habits.
Shift Habits Slowly, They’re More Likely to Stick.
If you’re like most American’s, over the past few months you’ve been in hibernation mode. Drinking a few more beers than you need and probably not getting to the gym (or even out for a walk) as often as you would like (because who wants to go out in that cold anyhow!?)
Now, spring is officially here. The sun is shining and all of a sudden you’ve realized all of your healthy habits got lost in a snowbank mid-February.
The best news is, rekindling healthy habits is mostly a momentum game and the best time to hop the healthy habit train, is to start today.
One of the easiest ways to rekindle healthy habits is NOT to try to do everything at once (AKA: Decide to swear off sugar, alcohol, dairy, eat only steamed veggie buddha bowls, and get up at 6am to run 3 miles everyday.)
Trying to change everything at once is a recipe for defeat.
The better choice is to choose one habit to shift at a time. If you choose a keystone habit, like exercise, or writing down what you eat once a week (yup, only once a week!), research shows you’ll be much more likely to choose healthy habits in other areas of your life. You’ll probably find you start to have more energy throughout the day, need less sleep, and generally feel a little bit happier and upbeat about life.
The best part? By choosing to change one habit at a time, you won’t have to feel guilty about not being able to hold yourself to your own insanely high standards and then think F-it at 3pm and treat yourself to a banana-nut muffin because, “I’ll never rekindle these habits anyway.”
Learn How to Fail Small, Not Big.
In the book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives Gretchen Rubin (which we highly recommend you read!) suggests looking at breaking bad habits in an even smaller scenario. “Thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening. If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter. Fail small, not big.”
Basically, if you ate one more cookie after lunch than you wanted to, that doesn’t mean you have to skip your walk or decide to have three beers after dinner.
Most things in life are about being able to begin again. judgment of how you think you’re doing or focusing on past failures won’t help you to do your best.
Be kind to yourself and focus on the next “quarter” of your day. You’ll rekindle those healthy habits in no time and you’ll feel healthier and happier too!