Habits can be hard, especially when it comes to habits we try to keep for the sake of our gut health. These five, simple steps could help you keep your healthy habits in the new year.
The calendar resetting is a time for fresh starts and if you’ve been pondering a new routine or habit, the new year may be the extra nudge you need to spring into action. But, as much as the new year can help light the fire of motivation, the fact remains that changing our habits is hard work.
That’s why we’ve broken down how to approach healthy habit change into five, simple steps so that you can make new habits stick for good!
While it’s helpful to leverage motivation while you’re feeling it, consider that a long list of new habits and routines will make them all less likely to stick.
Instead of reinventing your day-to-day life all at once:
Having a clear ‘why’ gives you a powerful anchor to hold onto even when the motivation of the new year fades.
Get really clear on exactly what your goal is—something broad like ‘I want to exercise more’ is not as actionable as ‘I want to move my body 3 times per week for 30 minutes.’
Name the goal with as much detail as you can, accounting for every letter of the SMART goal acronym if it’s helpful to you:
A common pitfall of New Year's resolutions is the idea that you have to start your goal all at once—it’s all or it’s nothing. This makes it less likely that your goal will stick. Instead, chart your course by pacing your goal and allow yourself time to work up to it.
You can do this by asking yourself:
Say you get sick or have a work trip pop up, or maybe you have a vacation planned, or home renovations.
Everyone faces setbacks and while it’s difficult to plan ahead for every possible scenario, you can:
There are many ways to stay accountable, but one method that rises above the rest in terms of effectiveness is peer support.
Find a family member or friend who you feel comfortable talking to about your goal, and ask them to check in with you every week or month along the way.