New Years Resolutions…S.M.A.R.T. goals…a word of the year…a yearly vision—sound familiar? ‘Tis the season for starting over, for setting big dreams, and for figuring out who we want to be, and what we want, in this New Year.
And I’m honestly here for it. I’m all for self-improvement (with self-compassion), and striving to live the life I want.
However, I also am guilty of the “YAY LET’S DO THIS” and then slowly falling off the wagon throughout the year. Sure, drinking 72 ounces of water every day is a great goal to have, but it only works if you stick with it. And the sticking with it is the hardest part for most people—me included.
So how do we stick with it? The answer, I’ve found, is changing habits. It’s actually pretty incredible how powerful habits are, and there are plenty of great books that explain the influence habits have on our life and on our world. I’ve found that by changing a few habits in my life, my life has changed in enormous ways. I’m excited to share with you the habits I changed!
1. I stopped weighing myself
I used to weigh myself daily to weekly. However, last summer, I pledged to ditch the scale. It hasn’t been easy, but it has made significant improvement in the way I interact with, and think about, my body.
- If you live with someone who has a scale and doesn’t want to get rid of it, try and put it in a place where you won’t have to see it daily (i.e. in a cupboard or closet, behind a shelf, etc.)
- Make sure to tell your doctors that you would not like to know your weight. They should respect this, and if they don’t, I suggest finding a new doctor! :p
2. I stopped immediately checking my email notifications.
I used to check my inbox every time I got a new email notification. And for a girl that has five active email accounts, I was spending WAY too much time in my inbox. This was not healthy for my mental health, or “off time”. I felt like I never could mentally check out of work which is so important in this world!
- Turn off email notifications all together and learn to batch check your email (checking it once in the morning and once in the evening, or a cadence that feels comfortable to you).
- If you have a job that requires you to be constantly on your email, I suggest that you try and set some boundaries if possible. For example, if you can, try and have at least a few hours of email free time per day. You deserve it!
3. I started flossing daily.
Okay you guys, I know this is kinda gross to admit (well I don’t think it is, but some of you might…sorry not sorry haha) but I didn’t use to floss daily. I definitely did it a few times per week, but I was nowhere near as consistent as I could have been.
- Get flossers because they are easier to use then the string floss (at least in my opinion) and you will be more likely to use them.
- Download a Habit Tracker app (HabitBull is my favorite), to help you build lifestyle and hygiene habits.
- Taking care of your hygiene if you have a mental illness (such as depression) can be really hard. If you are struggling with this, read this for a little encouragement. You are not alone, you are worthy, and you deserve support.
4. I started checking my social media usage.
In case you aren’t aware, you can now check your app usage through the iPhone. This has been GAME CHANGING for me when it comes to keeping my social media time in check. I hate the thought of the mindless Instagram scroll (and I do it way too often) because it wastes precious time, and time is the most sacred resource to me! By limiting my social media time, and getting ‘locked out’ of the app once my time limit is up, has helped me focus on things other than social media!
Remember that it’s never too late to change your habits if they aren’t working for you, and often those changes can have domino affects. Keep in touch, and let me know if this habit thing works for you!
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