Around three months to New Years Eve again, and chances are those bad habits that we resolved to say goodbye at the beginning of this year have stuck with us. Don't wait until New Years Eve again to say goodbye to bad habits, embrace healthier new habits today!
VISUALISE YOUR GOALS:
Create a mental image (your own video with you being the main star!), and include as many details as possible. With the visualisation us the scenario “as if”. As if it has already occurred. Picture it with all the senses activated, everything you will be seeing, smelling, hearing, touching and so forth. For example, if you goal is to get fit and enter a fun run with your children – picture yourself feeling energetic and proud; holding your children’s hands as you cross the finish line; hearing the cheers of the people on the sidelines; smelling the grass underneath you and seeing the beautiful views that you pass.
CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE:
Make a routine in your life, replacing your old habits with your healthier new habits. Planning this new routine is crucial for it’s success and realising it will take around a month to have these changes as part of your normal lifestyle.
Prepare for letting go of the bad habit with specific goals and include an outcome by a deadline date, and add in as many details as possible. For example – I will stop screen time (TV, phone, Ipad) by 9pm each night and spend the hour between 9-10pm winding down with a book, bath, cup of herbal tea or meditation. By 10pm I will have lights off to allow myself to fall asleep and have 8 hours of rest so I am refreshed for the next day ahead.
MAKE IT FUN:
Yes, it will be hard to break those habits, but make sure you keep it fun in the process with rewards and activities. For example, maybe you are letting go excess TV time and replacing with time to get fit for the upcoming summer. Schedule in sessions at the gym or with a trainer, but also schedule in fun physical activities you can do with your kids or a friend, such as shooting hoops or going on a bushwalk. Once you have reached your goal, treat yourself to a night away or afternoon getting a massage.
Keeping a diary is a great strategy for letting go of those bad habits, especially for the first 30 days until new habits become part of your daily routine. Making notes will help keep you on track, allow you to notice how you are feeling, and be proud of yourself as you look back on how far you have come along.
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