Most of us approach the New Year with the feeling as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The time when we misguidedly imagine that the arrival of a new year will magically provide the catalyst, motivation, and persistence we need to reinvent ourselves with giving something up. Lots of thing that we like.
Instead, why not focus on the positive sentiment of starting something new? Habits take time to build but lots of small steps in the right direction equate to bigger, more positive changes over time.
Studies show that less than 10% of us of who set resolution stick to them. Why is it like this? Because we´re setting unrealistic goals. They say it takes up to 21 days to form a new habit but in fact it takes much longer. According to studies you should try two months – or 66 days to be precise. In reality we significantly underestimate the time and effort it takes to make or break a habit.
The point being, change is slow and it’s a process. It’s important not to judge ourselves harshly if we do slip up. So, embrace the process, enjoy the journey and keep it real all the way.
Healthy habits to start right now:
1. Schedule 10 minutes of meditation or quiet time each day
Clear space to be alone, without distraction, for 10minutes a day. Its an opportunity to declutter the mind and destress, which will contribute to a more positive relationship with yourself and others. It’s one of the least selfish things you could do for yourself this year.
2. Make just one healthier food replacement this year
For example, replacing sugary soft drinks with a naturally frizzy kombucha or naturally sweet coconut water. Or confectionary chocolate for an unrefined raw version. Start small and build in more over time. The change will soon add up.
3. Drink water
The best advice never gets old. Make drinking more water a habit that sticks. It flushes out toxins, aids digestion, relieve fatigue and reduce headaches. Make sure you drink water until your urine is clear.
4. Create a better sleep environment
The quality of our sleep can affect our physical, emotional and mental health – so create the best sleep environment as possible. Make your bedroom a technology free zone after 9pm. Invest in a mattress comforter and a diffuser with relaxing essential oils. Make the bedroom your sanctity.
5. Go organic
Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food, free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance, is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.
6. Swop coffee with matcha
Matcha is grounded green tea leaves, and is more than a natural caffeine-boost. Its antioxidant-rich, metabolic-enhancing elixir that could improve anxiety, clear your mind (concentration and focus) and protect against diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Plus, it won’t give you the jittery side effects and caffeine spikes of one too many coffees.