Creating new wellness habits can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Start small and build up from there. Maybe you commit to taking a walk during your lunch break or drinking one extra glass of water each day. As you begin to form new habits, you'll likely find that taking care of yourself isn't as difficult as you thought. And the payoff - feeling happier, healthier, and more fulfilled - is more than worth the effort. Here are 4 important factors to keep in mind when creating new habits.
1. Change takes time.
We are all individuals with unique experiences that make us who we are. Therefore, the starting line might be different for some of us when it comes to making change. Having goals is a great way to stay the course, but remember that going at our own pace lessens the temptation to harshly judge ourselves.
2. A step is a start.
Similarly to valuing your own personal pace, keep in mind that progress is progress! Try not to get discouraged if you forgot a new task. Instead of viewing this as a "setback" use affirming language like "next time I will..." Encourage yourself like you would your best friend.
3. Be open to new ways of accomplishing tasks.
Very often we think we have the tools to change habits easily. Don't get stuck with tunnel vision by thinking there is only one way to accomplish your goal. Chat with a close friend who has a routine or system that works for them if it is similar to your goal. YouTube is also a great resource for a variety of how-tos. Perhaps your best technique is the one you haven't thought of yet!
4. Give yourself grace.
You have your lifetime to work on yourself. Adopting new habits can be not only hard, but a fear of failure can occasionally creep in. It is completely normal to feel this way, even before you get started on your action steps. Acknowledge the feelings, remember your WHY, and press on.