28 August 2019

3 Effective Strategies To Change Your Life and Become Healthier

By Migo Salinas

We all desire a life in which we are more fit and productive: We wake up earlier, eat healthier, work out more often and get more things done during the day without suffering from any chronic pains or bad health conditions. But few of us actually live it.

You motivate yourself to make that vision a reality: you follow diets, you adopt workout plans, but after a short period of time, you find yourself falling back into the same negative routines.

Change is difficult, and no matter how much you hate to admit it, you enjoy the comfort those old habits give you; you love how they don't require any efforts or additional energy. But later the guilt comes in. You start feeling ashamed of the bad decisions you made. You lose hope and maybe you even try to convince yourself that it is too late for you and that you are simply not meant for the lifestyle you want. Old habits are hard to kill.

How to get over that? It all starts in your head. Rewiring your brain to shift the focus from hating the negative patterns to developing new healthy ones is the ultimate way to drastic change. To have a healthy lifestyle, you must first develop the right mindset for it.

We gathered for you today 3 strategies that will help you master your mindset and make a change that lasts forever.

1. Understand How Your Habits Work

Habits are formed through a very simple, yet very strong series of actions. First, there is a cue, a prompt that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future. Over time, this loop becomes more and more automatic. The cue and reward become intertwined until a powerful sense of anticipation and craving emerges.

This means that if you want to change your habits, you have to follow the same rules that made them. Start by identifying the negative habits you have. Identify the prompt behind them, the behavior that follows and the reward you feel. Then, try to implement a healthy behavior to which you accord the same prompt and reward. Remind yourself more often of the reward and repeat this loop until the old habit is erased and the healthy one becomes ingrained in your routine. And last, be patient. Keep in mind that forming a new habit takes time

2. Tack Your Progress

Keep an eye on the progress you are making. Use a calendar and mark the days you follow the healthy habits. This trick will not only inform you on the days you are making a progress, but it will also motivate you not to break the chain. But in case you miss a day where you don't perform a healthy habit, do not quit. Missing one day will have no effect on your long term results.

3. Enjoy The Process

We all know that change is hard, but by rewarding yourself and celebrating each victory, you will find yourself more likely to stick with the healthy behavior.

Acknowledge your achievements and find happiness in the healthy lifestyle you are now living, for it is the ultimate way to make it last forever. And remember, it is never too late to live the life you want!

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