Did you know:
- 25% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolution within the first week!
- 60% abandon after six months!
- The average person makes the same resolution 10 separate times without success!
Every year millions of people navigate the booby traps of decision making while trying to break bad habits and reinforce healthier lifestyle choices. So, every year we commit to commitment to change the way we eat, to pay more attention to our health, to exercise more often and to take better care of our skin.
There is some discrepancy in the number of days it takes to form a new habit—it is known it requires between 21 and 66 days of repetition—before it becomes automatic. And, sometimes doing what it takes to form life-changing habits can seem like a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Making small and consistent changes in our daily routines can have big positive effects in the long run. Don’t be the average person and make 2018 your year of positive change!
Here are a few tips to follow:
- Make your “instead of” list. Take a moment to think about the bad habits you want to break and the new habits you want to form. Jot down in one column your current bad habits. Next to each bad habit, write down a viable substitute. For example, if your goal is to eliminate toxic sugary drinks and replace it with a better option, write down what you are currently drinking, and next to it, write down a healthier option.
- Restructure your environment. Remove clutter and organize everything you will need in developing your new habit. For example, if you are wanting to get into a better skin care regimen, pick skin care products that you will want to use each day. Set them out where you will see them and remove the other items for which you don’t need reminder of (e.g., toothpaste, hair brush etc.)
- Think of it as an experiment. Withhold judgment of yourself until after a month has passed and think of it as an experiment in your own behavioral changes. Studies show that thinking of it as an experiment can increase your odds of sticking with your changes.
- Use visualization. Visualization can guide you into a new way of thinking, feeling, and behaving. For example, if you are wanting to give up your morning bagel with cream cheese and replace it with a healthier option, visualize the full process of preparing the bagel and setting it down. Now visualize your new habit of making a healthy smoothie or protein shake. Think about the way you feel after drinking your smoothie and the long-term, positive outcome of what it will do for you.
Here’s to a successful 2018 of positive changes and new good habits!