How To Create New Healthy Habits (& Stick With Them Throughout 2024)

How To Create New Healthy Habits (& Stick With Them Throughout 2024)

With the new year fast approaching, many are currently taking a crack at compiling their New Year’s resolutions. Still, a Forbes Health survey states these tend to last for only two to four months before individuals give up or forget about them. 

What if there was a way to stay on track and make 2024 different?

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy lifestyle by getting active and eating a balanced diet is not only good for the body but your mind, too. Add in getting enough sleep at night, trying to decrease stress, and drinking in moderation and you could be living your best life. 

With that all being said, it’s challenging to create new healthy habits to reach your wellness goals, especially when you experience normal setbacks. It can feel frustrating, as if these goals are unattainable, and that you’ll be stuck in this “rut” like this for the rest of your life.  

The good news is, there are certain strategies at your fingertips. On the cusp of a new year with new resolutions, here are some ways you can develop healthy habits (and stick with them) throughout 2024. 

1. Identify Your Habits

Repetitive behaviors, whether good or bad, can make a person feel “comfortable”. Sometimes habits are automatic because they’ve been engrained in our daily lives for so long. If you want a healthier lifestyle in 2024, you need to truly look at the habits you want to change. It’s more than just “eating healthy and exercising”; this could include quitting smoking, getting better sleep, or limiting your alcoholic intake. 

Are there behaviors or patterns that “trigger” certain “bad” habits? Do you find it hard to fall asleep at night because you are possibly scrolling on your phone before bed, instead of reading a book or journalling? Maybe you need to go to bed earlier? Do you tend to binge on chips while watching television at night without realizing it? Maybe some meal prep with chopped-up veggies and hummus in the fridge would help?

2. Set Reasonable Goals & Make A Plan

As the old saying goes, fail to plan, plan to fail. The first step in this strategy is to set both short- and long-term goals. If a new habit you want to establish is exercising more, then start with finding an activity you love, and set a small, “doable” goal, weekly. For example, if you want to fit in 30 minutes of walking or jogging daily, aim to start doing this once or twice a week. Once you are able to set that in stone for a month, increase the frequency to three or four times, weekly, if possible. Working around your current schedule you may find waking up 30 minutes earlier each day in the morning is the best way to achieve this short-term goal; perhaps doing so at lunch is what works. Try different times and scenarios to see what fits best with your lifestyle. Setting reasonable short-term goals and working your way up will also give you the confidence to go to the next level.

3. Be Accountable

While creating new habits can feel fun and rewarding, there will be times when obstacles arise. How you deal with this is often the difference between success and failure.

Keeping a journal can offer perspective and accountability, especially if these healthy new habits include diet and exercise. From a computer program to a mobile app or just a good old-fashioned paper journal, when you record things like exercise routines, diet, sleep patterns, etc. then you can identify when you aren’t on track and potentially the reasons why, so you can come up with viable solutions for when you “fall off” the wagon. 

4. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

Establishing new healthy habits isn’t easy, and you should be proud of wanting to change. Still, obstacles will come your way, so, it’s important that you be patient with yourself, and realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day. From work and family stress to finances and so much more, life happens, and things can get chaotic, setting you off your beaten path. 

Spoiler alert: it’s okay to fall off track, it just means you’re human. The key is that when this happens, to jump back onto the road you were on by simply picking up where you left off. This doesn’t mean that if you fall off the wagon one night during the week (or for a couple of days) you have to wait until Monday for a “start fresh”. Every day offers itself a new opportunity for change. Keep going, the end result will be worth it.

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