What does self-care look like to you? To us, it means having the time and freedom to do the things that bring us joy and keep us healthy. And we believe implementing positive practices into our routines is just the trick for doing so!
When we go about our daily lives and activities, we don't even realize that we're forming patterns – and there are many of them! Think about how you naturally reach for the light switch as you enter a room, or are able to make your favorite dish without a recipe because you’ve done it so much.
These automatic behaviors or patterns are what we refer to as habits. At some point, you did this behavior intentionally, repeated it, and it stuck.
This habit loop can be used to help create fun, sustainable, wellness behaviors! Structure creates freedom, remember? To help you develop some of those habits, we came up with the following simple strategies:
If you don't currently exercise, setting a goal to go to the gym every day of the week is likely not realistic. Instead, you might plan to go three times per week for the next month and then reassess.
By incorporating small changes at first, then you may have more luck reaching the bigger goals little by little. Some small goals to start with? Drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day, only consuming liquids until lunch, or even simply waking up a little earlier in the morning to have time to journal or meditate.
Time blocking is a time management method that divides time — typically by day or by week — into smaller increments to complete specific tasks. Time blocking is an easy and effective way to ensure that you stay on track with your goals!
Simply write down the time block you’ve scheduled for each day to do your new healthy habit. It could look something like getting out for a run at 7:00am before starting work, or blocking time after work to go to a yoga class or catch up with a friend on a walk.
Successfully changing a behavior pattern might actually require putting other behaviors into place. For example, if you aim to eat a healthy snack in the afternoon to avoid any pre-dinner munchies, you will need to have ready-available healthy snacks in your kitchen, which requires a trip to the supermarket and preparing those healthy snacks for future meals.
Take time to organize your kitchen and set yourself up for success. It may seem like a chore, but think of it as daily motivation and self-esteem as you do something your future (and present) self will thank you for.
Whether it's asking a friend, family member, or spouse to hold you accountable or hiring a professional such as a nutritionist or personal trainer, external accountability will help you stay on track in the start of your journey when your behavior is not quite yet a habit.
Create an environment conducive to completing your desired behavior. Simple cues in a kitchen environment can make or break your habits.
For example, putting your liquid vitamins in the fridge next to your morning beverage makes it easy to remember to take. Want to give up your afternoon habit of snacking on fruit instead of chips? Make sure your fruit is in a prominent location in your kitchen or refrigerator and hide the chips on the top shelf.
Making lasting behavior changes takes some time and effort, but we are, as they say, creatures of habit; after all, a bit of effort can go a long way!
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As always, we’re here to support you through any stage of your wellness journey. Be sure to let us know how you're implementing new health habits into your life! We’d love to hear from you.
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