Four Steps on How to Build Healthy Habits

Published on May 15, 2020

According to science and many articles online, it says that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Is that true, you ask? Well the answer to that is it depends on how your body works. People believe that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but others think otherwise, whatever the case may be, whether its 21 days or 200 days, you can develop a new habit. 

So, now that we got that out of the way, the real question is, how long does it take, or will it take to build a healthy habit? That answer can depend on how much dedication you put into creating that healthy habit. We are all trying to build healthy patterns to make some impact in our daily lives, but how are you supposed to do that?

Well, here are four steps that you can build healthy habits and not worry about how long it will take you just as long as you’re up for the journey you don’t have to worry about how many days it will take.

Be Open-Minded 

The first step to building these healthy habits is to be open-minded about creating them in the first place. Don’t just tell yourself that you need to change something but then don’t believe that you can change it or think that the idea is stupid. Doubting yourself and telling yourself that its ridiculous is not the way to go when trying to build a healthy habit. So before you go into this process, ask yourself if you are going to stay committed. Also, is this something that you want to do because there is no reason to waste your own time if you’re not going to commit to change.

Start Small and Easy 

Start with something small and easy. That way you can ease your way in this new habit. You don’t want to go in hard because it might be too overwhelming, and you might start to think negative thoughts that you can’t build this new habit. Don’t begin hard but natural, and then you can work your way up to that one habit that you can change into good practice. 

Make It an Everyday Thing

Don’t just create a healthy habit and then say, “okay, I’m done.” Just because you have aced with building a healthy practice that doesn’t mean you will continue to do it, add into your everyday schedule, and keep doing it because you might end up wanted to upgrade that healthy habit into something bigger.

Just like to make waking up and having a cup of coffee in the morning, and the everyday thing makes that healthy habit that you have conjured up and worked for into a daily thing as well. Once you continue to do that, you will start to see a change in yourself, and you can begin to build more healthy habits.

Don’t Stop Keep Going.

You might have started with a certain number of habits that you want to change, but once you have added a new healthy habit to your list, add another one. When you are doing your day to day activates, and you happened to tell yourself you may not like something you do or you want to change a particular habit, add it to your list and find ways to improve it.

Don’t think of this as finding things that are wrong with you or things that you are doing wrong; it’s not like that. If you see that this “bad” habit that you do isn’t beneficial to you, not helping or you seem to change it. Adding change can be hard, but being confident about that change and seeing results is a different story that will teach you how to build healthy habits over the long-term.

Jori Ayers is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily based in Tampa, Florida. She was formerly with the editorial team at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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