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Creating New Healthy Habits

January 8, 2024

Looking to establish healthy habits? Here are a few tips on how to make those habits stick.

  • Know your current habits! The first step to making changes is being aware of what you are currently doing. Look for current behavior patterns and what triggers the unhealthy habits you want to change.
  • Make a plan. Plans that include small, reasonable goals and sustainable specific actions that will move you towards them. Consider what you need to be successful and get friends and loved ones involved for motivation, accountability, or to join you in creating new healthy habits.

  • Staying on track. There will be times when you wonder if you can stick with it. Identify negative thoughts and turn them into realistic productive ones such as keeping a record of your progress or using apps on your phone. Remember, the more you practice self-control, the better you become at it!

  • Think about the future and be patient! Many people struggle with undervaluing the larger benefit of waiting in favor of smaller immediate rewards. You can learn to postpone immediate gratification through vividly imagining future positive experiences or rewards