Studies show that it takes 30 days to create a new habit, but how do you stick to your goal for 30 days when your brain is already trained by bad habits? Here are some ways that you can give up anything for 30 days.
Write down your goal:
Once you make a decision to change your habits for 30 days, it helps to physically write down your goal. Whether that means writing it in your journal, on social media or on a post-it, seeing your goal in writing can help reaffirm your decision. Review this goal on a daily basis, that way you are reminded of the outcomes of your struggles.
Make your goal public:
Tell everyone you know about your plan to cut out your bad habit – family, friends, co-workers – anyone who will listen! The more people you tell, the harder it will be to give up.
Whether your goal is to cut out sugar for 30 days or to quit smoking, take the item that you are giving up and remove it from your house for the duration of the challenge. There’s truth to the saying “out of sight, out of mind”!
Make healthy alternatives easily accessible:
For instance, if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet for 30 days, make sure that you have ample food prepped and ready to grab in your refrigerator. Having healthy options on hand can help you stay on track and can make making healthy decisions easier.
Studies show that it takes 30 days to create a new habit, but how do you stick to your goal for 30 days when you brain is already trained by bad habits?
Find a buddy:
It is easier to stick to a new routine when you have someone else doing it with you. There is a chance for friendly competition and if not that then at least you have someone who is going through the same struggle. There is also some reduced stress that comes from associating your new routine with spending time with your friend.