If you’re ready to break some of your old, unhealthy habits and begin starting some new habits that will help you live a much healthier life, you might quickly find that mere motivation isn’t enough to help you to do this. What you really need to do is come up with ways that you can stick to your healthy habits even when it’s not easy or convenient.
So whether you’re trying to lose some weight or become more outgoing at your senior living facility, here are three ways to help you stick to your new healthy habits.
Learn To Break The Trigger Cycle
Bad habits get so ingrained in you because they are easy to follow once they get triggered. Because you’ve spent so much time reacting to a certain stimulus in a certain way, this is the way that your mind and body automatically want to react when that trigger happens. What you need to learn now is how to break that cycle when that trigger happens, as it’s bound to do.
To do this, you’ll need to try to be more mindful of what’s going on in your mind and your body when you start getting tempted to fall back into your old, unhealthy habits. If you can stop yourself when you get triggered before you take the easiest action, you may be able to keep yourself on the right path and keep sticking to your new habits even when it isn’t easy.
Track Your Progress
Something else that you can do to help you stick to your new healthy habits is to track your progress as you work toward your goals that your healthy habits will help you to accomplish.
Even if you don’t go in a straight line upward in your progress, keeping track of what you’re doing and how your efforts and actions are affecting you can help you to continue moving forward. And when your results aren’t on an upward trajectory, continuing to track your progress can help you get back on track more quickly.
Think Long Term
Oftentimes, people think that if they’re able to start a new habit and stick to it for a certain short period of time, it will automatically become easier to just make this change a part of their life. And while this might be the case sometimes, it’s much better to think about healthy changes as something that you’ll be doing for the long-term rather than something that you’ll quickly be able to master.
With a long-term mindset rather than a short-term mindset, you’ll hopefully be able to make sustainable changes that you can maintain throughout the rest of your life.
If you’re ready to start some new healthy habits in your life, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you better stick to them this time.