Taking on a new life change can feel overwhelming. How do you fit your new routine into your old life? How do you accomplish your goal while still taking care of the things that need to be done? How do you adapt to the new feelings, stresses and problems that can be associated with reaching your goal?
For example, if you’re making major dietary changes, you are likely going to have some withdrawal symptoms. Cutting sugar out of your diet, caffeine or even preservatives can cause real chemical withdrawal, although fortunately only for a few days. How do you fit that into your life and still push forward to be successful?
Here are four tips to help you incorporate your new resolution into your everyday life.
1. Make changes slowly. You don’t have to make all your changes at once. Houses are not built in one day, and nobody is going to reach their goal in one day either. Small steps get the job done. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, a first small step might be to eliminate one of your habits that contributes to weight gain. Maybe it is snacking after 6:00, maybe it is drinking soda, maybe it is drive-thru lunches. Take each of the factors that contribute to your goal and make them a goal in themselves.
2. Replace old habits with new ones. It is much easier to add things to your life than to take things away, particularly when it comes to habits. Many health and lifestyle experts recommend replacing old habits with new ones when striving to attain better health. For example, if you’re seeking more energy or wanting to lose weight, you might decide that you want to cut sugary drinks out of your daily routine. Rather than eliminating sugary drinks, replace them with mineral water, green tea or water. They’re all excellent for you and now you’re doing two things to improve your health rather than one.
3. Celebrate success. There’s nothing better than a little pat on the back to help you succeed. Take the time each day to acknowledge your successes, even the small ones. For example, if you replace one soda each day with a cup of green tea or water, congratulate yourself for that step. It’ll not only make it easier to replace the next soda, it’ll make it easier to handle anything that comes your way. It’s all about staying positive.
4. Ask for help. We can’t do everything by ourselves and there is no reason we should try. We’re here to help each other. Turn to your family and friends for help when you need it. For moral support as well as tangible help, friends and family can make attaining your goals and incorporating them into your everyday life significantly easier.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to incorporate your new healthy habits into your life. All you need is a little planning and forethought, and you’ll be on the road to better health.