When we set our goals for the New Year, we need to put a special focus on building new habits rather than overhauling everything in a flash. It can come as a shock to change too much at once, which often leads to tossing in the towel before you reach those goals you genuinely want to achieve. Since old habits die hard, here’s how to make new healthy habits that last.
When we entered the beginning of this pandemic back in March, we relished the idea of tucking away for two weeks to enjoy some time at home. Aim I right? Little did we know we’d still be in the midst of it this long after, but we can still find the pieces of joy we need to come out on the other side of this whole and healthy. It’s a balancing act where setting boundaries and taking care of yourself need to come into play. If you feel like you’re not getting the time you need to nurture your needs, here’s what to do.
We’ve all heard of those little tricks to sneak in more steps each day. Pacing around while brushing your teeth, walking back and forth in the kitchen until your coffee is ready, or even parking further away from the entrance when you go to the store. These all work wonderfully, and it really is about adding in extra steps a little along the way throughout your day. You’ll be surprised how close you get to your goal without even going on a long walk to reach it.
If you’re feeling a bit stressed out lately, I’d love to share with you some of the simple tips I incorporate to deal with stress in my own life. It takes some time to find what truly works for you, and it takes even more practice to get into the habit of taking time to help yourself through stressful situations. But that’s exactly what it is — practice. We make a commitment to help ourselves where we can and when we can, with the tools we find that work for our unique selves.
We’re exposed to toxins on a daily basis — the air we breathe, flame retardants in our furniture, pesticides in our foods, and phthalates at every turn. While we can’t fully control our toxin exposure, knowing what to watch out for and what small tweaks we do have control over making is empowering and helpful.
Does winter always get you down? If you tend to get the blues when you pull out your sweaters and outerwear, it’s time to take a page from those in far more blustery conditions. In Norway, they have a concept known as ‘koselig.’ The closest term in English that can explain it is something of coziness.