Using a Major Life Transition to Form Good Habits
With so many stressors out there, it’s no wonder many of us fall into bad habits. Smoking, abusing substances, eating unhealthy foods, failing to exercise every day, and falling into unhealthy relationships are all examples, and these behaviors can affect both your physical and mental health. When a period of transition occurs — such as a move, leaving a job or a relationship, or seeking treatment for a substance abuse or mental health disorder — it’s the perfect opportunity for you to start forming good habits.
Exchanging bad habits for good ones can have a major impact on your life. From boosting your self-confidence and esteem to helping you live a healthier lifestyle, there’s no limit to the things you can do once you get an idea of how to get started. The key is to begin slowly and map out a plan that will be easy for you to follow so that you can succeed and stay motivated. With the first success, you’ll be empowered to move on.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to form good habits.
If you’ve recently had a job change or a setback in your career, think of this as an opportunity to reduce stress. Our jobs are a major contributor to the way we handle stress and anxiety, so changing things up could be beneficial. Consider taking on a position with fewer responsibilities, or move from full to part-time and pick up a side gig that makes you happy.
Clean Up and Declutter
Cleaning and decluttering your home can help boost your mental health, so if you’re moving or have recently divorced or separated from your partner, think of this as a chance to streamline your life. Go through your belongings and decide which ones you want to keep, which ones can be sold or donated, and which ones you can put into storage to prevent them from taking up space in your new home. If you do opt for self-storage, keep in mind the overall average price of a storage unit booked in New York City over the past 180 days is $91.36.
Focus on Yourself
If you’ve recently found that your relationships are taking a toll on you, take some time out for yourself and focus on your needs. Negativity in our interactions with others can affect our self-worth and our ability to see value in others, but stepping back and making an effort to spend time making yourself happy can do the opposite. Practice self-care and learn to enjoy being alone by meditating or engaging in a healthy activity, such as yoga.
Turn Your Health Around
Many people find that after a health scare (either for themselves or a loved one), they are inclined to take better care of themselves. Use this time to learn what the best-balanced diet is for your needs, how to work in exercise every day, and how to get good sleep each night. You might do some research online and consider the easiest way to begin new routines in these areas. All of these things can have a dramatic effect on your health, both now and in the future.
It’s not always easy to make major healthy changes to your lifestyle, but with some careful planning and a positive attitude, you can turn your bad habits into good ones in no time. Talk to your friends and family members about your goals in order to have some accountability, and consider keeping a journal where you can write these goals down to stay motivated.
Article Contributed by Susan Treadway