If you are like me, you may have eaten a little too much sugar and not gotten quite enough rest and exercise over the last few weeks. The good news is that January is the perfect time for a reset. I am not talking about the usual vague New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten in a few weeks. Instead let’s create specific new patterns that will create lifelong habits. The best way to do this is to be as specific as possible. We need something to put on the calendar. Put yourself on the list by putting yourself on the calendar. Here are two examples from my list:
- I will talk a walk on Monday and Friday at 9:15am
- I will do yoga/stretches on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays at 1pm
I can schedule these events. After 21 days of adhering to this schedule, scientists say I will have created a new habit.
Next one the list are specific plans to change behaviors that you are done with. What behavior do you want to change? How will you change it? Here is one of mine:
- I will not eat anything after 7pm. If I get a sugar craving, I will have a cup of hot tea and then brush my teeth.
I will not claim that making these changes are easy, but they will be easier if there is a plan in place. While we are working on these new habits lets support one another. Post your plans in the comments and encourage one another. Let’s make this our best year yet.