Creating healthy habits
Are you thinking about how you can become healthier? Have you wondered how to create healthy habits?
What habits do you have already? For example, brushing your teeth, the time you go to bed or having a drink when you get in from work. Habits frequently become automatic, so you don’t need to think about them. To create new healthy habits, you first need to be aware of what habits you do regularly and what triggers them. If you have some unhealthy habits you would like to break, think of ways you can disrupt them from happening and then replace with a healthy option. Perhaps you are finding that you eat too much or snack on unhealthy foods while watching the TV. Start eating with the TV off or in another room so that you are not distracted. You will have to consciously think about not turning the TV on for a while until it becomes an automatic habit.
Make a plan of small, achievable goals. Then identify specific actions you will take to move towards your goals. Research indicates that your health behaviours often follow those of your family and friends. Try to get them on board with the new habits you want to make. It will make it easier for you to embed those new healthy habits in the long run. Tracking your behaviour and new habits can also help you to stick with it. You can track using whatever method suits you e.g. a notebook, a mobile app on your phone, a sticker chart or a program on your computer.
How long does it take to create a new habit? Realistically, somewhere between one to six months depending on your personality and what habit you are trying to build. The good news is that having a few slip ups while building the new habit won’t negatively impact the habit formation in the long term.
If you would like support in becoming more physically active, improving your diet, reducing your alcohol intake, stopping or reducing smoking, then why not book an appointment with a Health Trainer?
Looking at these behaviours and making small changes, can help with self-confidence and motivation. Call 0300 003 4566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or book a free session.