As Aristotle says, We are what we repeatedly do. In order to change ourselves or a small habit, we need to repeat it consistently. When you are ready to develop healthy habits, the process is tougher since we may be used to the opposite of that particular habit. We may find it quite difficult to break out of that shell. This is where motivation comes into the picture.
What better motivation than a new year! The year is still new and a new year revolution still qualifies. Personally, I do not believe in the new year resolution. I feel that, if you want to change something, you may do so at any given time or day. The only important thing is that you should be able to stick to the changes to make it a habit.
What is a healthy habit?
There is no proper definition of healthy habits. Because a habit that seems healthy for one person may not look the same for another one. A healthy habit is something that you do which is beneficial for you or your family to make either of you happy and satisfied.
The only motto here is to make a positive change that helps you live healthier and happier. You need not find a healthy habit to satisfy another person. DO it only if you WANT to and not when you SHOULD. At the same time, a healthy habit is not only what you change for a personal benefit but also for the entire family.
What are the rules to develop healthy habits?
There are no rules to develop healthy habits. You may set your own rules that suit you. But, let me give you some hints that can help you make a plan and set out with your mission.
Remember, the key is to stick to them for a long period. The safe period that determines whether you have a habit or not is to repeat it for at least 6 weeks consistently (this is just for the reference and not a rule). This should be enough time to develop, nourish, and be consistent with yourself.
Here are a few steps that can help you develop a positive change in your life.
Pen down your habits
Writing down your habits would help you evaluate whether or not something needs a change.
Categorize them into good or bad
The next step is to categorize them into two sections- good and bad. You may freely decide for yourself or can also seek the help of your family. It may be necessary since there are many habits that we find comfortable with but our family members are totally opposed to it.
Make a new list of bad habits
Now, pen down the ‘bad habits’ or the habits that need changes to a fresh page. You can then categorize them into easy, mild, moderate and severe, according to the difficulty that you may face while doing so. Definitely, none of them would be easier.
Take only one at a time
Start with the easier ones that you feel are achievable quicker. Focus on only one habit at a time. This way, it would be easier and convenient for you.
Do not copy others
You will be looking for more ideas all over the internet. But remember that not all the tricks are workable on everyone. You just need to be yourself and do it your way. There is no need to copy anyone or go the exact same way that they did.
Changes, changes everywhere
Once you have selected the task, start making small changes at a time. Make changes only when you want to and not forcefully. Expect lapses but stay true to the task and be steady with the process. Once you have achieved the course try to focus on sustaining in that path.
Changes are not time-bound
This is an important point. Changes are not time-bound and it is true when you are trying to develop healthy habits. Do not set a target- days, weeks, or months- to decide whether or not you are successful. Most of the habits are something that we have developed over the years. It may take some time to break the routine and change them.
Keep a tracker
Writing down your progress and having a tracker helps you decide what to do next and when to take the next step. Write down when you skip or cheat while in the process. Check at the end of each week or month how you have performed.
Your success is when you do something that you don’t even have to think about. You just do it because this is what you do. This is when you have a ‘habit’ when you do it subconsciously. Once you are thoroughly sure that you now have a healthy habit, you can move on to the next task in your list.