Some say it takes 21 days to form a new habit but in reality, it can take much longer depending on your circumstances, what your goals are and the level of support you have. The following points might help you to kick-start better habits:
Needing to change your habits? Here are a few of our top picks:
- Start simple. It can be tempting to try and overhaul your whole life but that will only cause you to become overwhelmed and more likely to give up. Choose one habit and commit to making it stick. Instead of aiming to ‘keep the house spotless’, how about you decide to ‘make my bed every morning’.
- Be specific. Many of us want to be healthier but that goal in itself is very broad! A specific habit that will help you towards your goal could be something like ‘eat vegetables at lunch and dinner’ or ‘drink water instead of soft drinks’.
- Give yourself time. It might take a few short weeks to stick to a new habit or it could take much longer. It’s possible that the greater the change you’re wanting to make, the longer it might take you.
If you're wanting to make some changes to your diet, why don't you check out our Food For Balance resource? It might answer some of your common questions about different food groups, and includes a few tasty recipes.
- Take 10 minutes each morning to plan out your day, putting the most important tasks at the top of your list.
- Take a step toward healthier eating by committing to drinking only water, coffee and tea.
- Practice portion control at dinnertime by dividing the plate into ¼ protein, ¼ carbohydrate and ½ vegetables.
- Cut screen time in the evening for a better night’s sleep.