7 healthy habits for the New Year.
and the secrets to making them stick.
It’s the New Year – get ready for a new you!
The most common New Year’s resolution is to get healthier. And the New Year is a perfect time to make changes, and plan for a brighter future. So, why do only 12% of people achieve their New Year’s goals?1
The secret to developing a healthy habit lies in implementing small steps that are positive, specific, and achievable. Instead of setting another goal, here are 7 healthy New Year’s habits and the secrets to achieving them beyond January 2nd:
Secret to success:
When you start any new habit to improve your health, do you think about how it would make you feel to reach your goal? A habit is easier to form when genuine, positive feelings are attached to it. Envisioning the happiness, gratitude, or pride you’ll feel when you create and stick to a healthy habit can help drive your motivation and keep you on track.
Secret to success:
People who write down the habits they want to create in specific, positive terms are 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to achieve them.3 Set yourself up to win by writing down the habit you want to create and reviewing it every day. Like each of the 7 health habits listed here, make it specific. ‘Exercise more,’ for example, is too vague. But writing ‘I will walk 1 mile in the morning to feel better and more energetic during the day.’ is more specific and helps your brain look for ways to form the habit. Framing habits in positive terms can also motivate you to succeed.
Working on one habit at a time will help you achieve more than focusing on too many. Visualizing yourself achieving a healthy lifestyle while feeling happy, proud, or thankful will help you create these 7 New Year’s healthy habits or any goal you set for yourself.
Posted date: December 23, 2021