Making resolutions is a popular way to kick off the new year, but according to research, only 8% of people who make resolutions are successful in achieving their goals. The problem with resolutions is that they are often too big and unrealistic, setting you up for failure. This year, try creating a new healthy daily habit instead of making a resolution.
Good habits are sustainable and will help you reach your goals without having to resort to drastic measures every January. Because when an action becomes a habit, you do not have to remember when, where, why, or how to do it. It gets done because it becomes part of your daily routine.
The earlier you start creating good habits, the easier they are to stick with and the more ingrained they will become. So if you're looking to make some changes this year, don't wait – start working on your healthy habits today! and this article will show you how!
The power of habits
Did you know that habits account for about 40% of our daily activities? That's a pretty significant number, and it means that if we can focus on creating good habits, we can drastically improve our lives.
Habits are formed when you repeat the same behavior over and over again, and through this repetition, your brain starts to automate it. You don't have to think about what to do when you brush your teeth in the morning. It just happens.
This means that creating new habits is actually rather easy once you get into the habit of doing them. They are there to make life easier for you. The trick is finding something that will come naturally to you, like flossing every day after brushing your teeth or making time for exercise each week.
Instead of trying to remember everything all at once, start with one change that will become a habit over time. You can also work with a friend or partner who can help keep you accountable.
The power of habits can't be overstated. They are what help us accomplish our goals, resist temptation, and make progress in our lives. But it's important to note that not all habits are good habits – some can actually be quite harmful.
But it doesn't have to be this way – we can make a conscious effort to create new habits that align with our values and goals. If you can do that, then you're on your way to creating a healthy, productive lifestyle for yourself.
How to Create Habits that Actually Stick
There isn't an exact formula for how to create a new habit, but here are some tips that will help:
1. Start small
When you're trying to establish a new habit, it's important to start small. This will make it easier for you to stick to it and won't be as overwhelming.
For example, if you want to start eating healthier, start by adding one healthy food to your diet instead of making all kinds of changes at once. Or if you want to start exercising, begin by committing to just 10 minutes per day. Once the habit is established, you can gradually add more tasks until they all become habits.
2. Make it a routine
The best way to ensure that you stick to your resolutions is to make them part of your daily routine.
For example, if you want to start waking up early in the morning, schedule it into your calendar and try to do it at the same time every day.
This will help you remember that this is something that needs doing each day, and it becomes less likely that you'll skip out on it after a few days.
3. Do something rewarding when you achieve success
When you do something well, reward yourself! This can be anything from getting an hour of TV or Netflix in the evening to taking some time for meditation or exercise each day. You can even make new goals using these rewards as motivation!
For example, if you go to the gym every day for a week, reward yourself by buying a new outfit to wear to the gym. Or if you eat healthy all week, reward yourself with a massage or a night out at your favorite restaurant.
4. Don't give up and Keep Track of Your Progress
One of the biggest challenges with creating new habits is sticking to them. But don't give up – it's normal to have some setbacks along the way.
Whenever you feel like you're struggling, take a step back and review your progress. This will help you stay motivated and committed to your goals.
In addition, keeping track of your progress can be helpful in terms of seeing how much you've accomplished. You can use a journal, app, or even just a simple spreadsheet to track your daily goals and progress.
Establish, Challenge, Reward, Repeat
At CPRESS, we have our own list of daily habits established for the new year, ready to be achieved. These include:
Healthier eating –
At CPRESS, we believe that in order to feel our best and be our most productive selves, we need to be eating healthy, nutritious foods. This is why we're committed to eating healthy 80% of the time; whole organic foods with no pesticides, added sugar, or preservatives, and allowing for some moderation (chocolate, wine, and cake) the other 20% of the time. We believe that this is the healthiest and most sustainable way to approach food and nutrition.
The real challenge is not to purchase ANY out-of-season fruit or vegetables, no matter how “good” the sale is. Not only does this support local farmers and businesses, but it's also more affordable and helps us get the most nutrients possible from our food. I mean, what’s the sense of eating strawberries in December? it's just not right
Aiming for at least 10,000 steps each day.
At our desks, at home, on the train, in line – we're constantly sitting. This isn't good for our health. Our goal is to move more throughout the day. Whether it means taking a brisk walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the morning, or using a standing desk at work, we're all about getting up and moving more in order to improve our health and well-being.
Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night –
Our sleep, our productivity levels, and our health depend on it. We all have those days when we feel so tired after a long day that the only thing we want to do is crawl into bed and snooze away. But according to a recent study, getting enough hours of sleep per night can actually help us to maintain control over our emotions and improve our decision making. So what are you waiting for? Get snoozing!
Also, while this might seem like a lofty goal, there are some simple things one can do to fall asleep more easily. For example, taking a hot shower before bed, drinking herbal tea, or reading your favorite book.
Drink more water each day –
While this is easier said than done, it can be so beneficial to your health! The benefits of drinking water include improved digestion, increased energy levels, and better skin. If you aren't a huge fan of the taste of plain water, try adding slices of cucumbers or oranges into your glass - that way, you still get to enjoy the flavor without all the added sugars found in soda and juices.
At CPRESS, we like to stay hydrated with our detox water options or coconut water. Coconut water can be an excellent way to stay hydrated and is low in calories and fat content. It also has potassium, magnesium, and sodium, which are important for electrolyte balance. Detox water is a great way to hydrate and flush out toxins from the body. They are both delicious and refreshing ways to start the day.
Quench your thirst and improve your health by adding tasty water to your daily routine.
Creating new healthy daily habits can be a daunting task, but it's definitely doable with a bit of effort and perseverance. So this year, ditch the resolutions and try creating healthy habits that you can stick to for the long haul!
Remember, it's all about being consistent and patient. The more you practice these habits, the easier they will become. And before you know it, they'll become part of your daily routine.
PS: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.”
This article was contributed by Sarra Turki