How To Change Lifestyle Habits

Whether you’re ready or not, summer is here and is in full bloom! Many of us are probably kicking our butts a little for not prepping our summer bodies earlier. However, who needs abs to feel good in the summer anyways? (Right?…) I previously talked about self care in a previous post (here) and how I’ve been struggling to keep on top of it ever since I started school last fall. Fast forward almost a year, I’ve made some drastic changes to my routine and lifestyle. I’m not exactly where I want to be yet, but I have to admit I’m happy with the results I’m seeing on the outside and the inside.

1. Make the decision and stick to it

How come we have to worry about getting back into “summer body” shape before every summer when we can keep our best year round? One of my 2018 goals was to overhaul my self care routines and create long term and sustainable habits. Sounds great and all, but all of this is totally useless until we make a conscious decision to change our ways. Maybe it requires us to get to the point where we’re so fed up, that we finally change. Our mind is a powerful factor in instigating change in our lives. We have to remind ourselves that although we might hate what we’re doing, eating, sacrificing during the process, that we have to focus on the end goal and how rewarding it’ll be!

2. Be realistic

Having all these amazing goals is great and all, but it’s important to be realistic. It’s not to say we can’t reach those goals, but we need to be realistic with our timelines and how much we can handle. A great way to stay on top of goals and maintain momentum is to break the goals down into mini goals.

3. Keep at it!

Personally, I find this to be one of the most challenging aspects of change. It’s easy to start to feel demotivated and go back to our old habits, but it’s important to keep reminding yourself about why you’re doing all of these in the first place. I promise you, once you start seeing even small results, you’ll want to keep going.

4. Celebrate small wins

I find this one of the most important things to do to maintain momentum. We tend to focus only on the end goal and feel unsatisfied that we’re not where we want to be yet. We should celebrate all the little accomplishments along the way that’s helping us to reach our final goal. It’s a great way to see how far you’ve come and to remind yourself of what you can achieve.

5. Give yourself a “little bit” of slack

The most important thing not to do is to be TOO hard on yourself. There will be times when we’ll need to be brutally honest with ourselves and whether we’re keeping on top of things. But if you’re making strides and efforts to be persistent everyday, don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a set back one day. Life is unpredictable sometimes, so things can come up that’ll keep us from doing what we need to do. Consider it a write off and continue on the very next day. As long as we’re not fully falling off the band wagon and still keeping ourselves accountable, there’s no harm is giving yourself a freebie once in awhile.

6. Do what works for you

I’ve realized one of the biggest reason I kept failing at certain things was because I was trying to accomplish a goal a way another person did. I always ended up failing. I’ve come to learn that it’s important to create my own version of the journey. As long as you make education decisions and do your research beforehand, there’s no one way to get where you need to go.

7. Do it for yourself

As a follow-up to all the points above, it’s important to remind yourself about why you’re making these changes in the first place, and that reason should be for yourself. The results won’t matter if you’re doing things that’ll make you unhappy.

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2 Comments

  1. July 8, 2018 / 5:13 PM

    Great post ….very inspirational and some great tips! 🙂

    • dra024
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      July 16, 2018 / 1:29 PM

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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