Breaking old habits, and creating new healthy habits isn’t an easily achievable task. But there are ways to increase your chances for success. Try using these tips, in the beginning, to help you internalize the new habit and don’t need them anymore.
1. Write it Down
Scheduling your new habits, and making them part of your daily to-do list is helpful until they become something you do automatically.
I use a free app called Cozi to schedule my day and stay on top of new routines and habits.
2. Announce Your New Habit & Have Someone Hold You Accountable
When I was giving up refined sugar, each time I almost slipped up and cheated, my husband was in my ear reminding me of my goals and encouraging me to stick to my new habits.
You may even go as far as sharing it publicly on social media. Knowing that others know about the new habits you’re forming may keep you going when things get hard, and you want to quit.
3. Piggyback On A Habit You Already Have
If you’re trying something new that doesn’t piggyback on a current habit, plan to do the new ritual just before, or just after something else that you already do daily.
4. Make Slipups Costly
Put a jar on the kitchen counter, and every time you fall back into your bad habit or forget to stick to the new one, you have to put five dollars in the jar. It will help hold you accountable. You’ll skip that sugary food or feel more motivated to go out for that walk if it’s going to cost you money not to.
5. Find A Partner and Help Each Other Along
Keep tabs on each other and support each other to keep going. It’s much harder to skip a walk if you know someone else is depending on you being there.
6. Create or Join a Group Challenge
7. Work on One Habit at a Time
You may want to quit smoking, start eating healthy, exercise daily, and drink more water. But changing your entire life at once won’t work.
Focus on one healthy lifestyle change at a time. When you feel comfortable and natural with your new habit, start another one.