The Guide to Starting New Habits

Adding something new to our routines can be difficult, and it can be even harder to maintain changes to our old habits. Here are some ways to start healthy habits and actually keep them.

1. Give yourself more time

When trying something new you want to make sure that you can squeeze it into your schedule. Like a new skincare routine, studying in the mornings or working out. If you plan on going through with your new daily task in the mornings, start by waking up early. Your body will adjust to the difference in no time, plus if you are productive, it will make your body feel more energized. Or if it is something small like skincare or hygiene, wake up 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. To keep it going, keep that alarm set at all times so you can adapt to your newly formed habit.

2. Put it in your planner

As an extended note on time, space it out in your planner. This can allow you to visually see what you need to do and how long it could take you. By doing this, you can easily plan the rest of your day around that and see what works best for you.

3. Do it, even though you're tired

I know in college you can get tired and busy very easily. One way that can help you maintain a new habit is to do it no matter what. Not performing your new habit just for a day can easily throw you back into your original routine.

4. Keep your friends involved

The key to keep a new habit is motivation. A way to stay motivated is to tell your friends what you have started; tell them all about it! Then keep updating them on your progress, maybe they will be interested about starting it with you. Doing something with a partner can be great. You can motivate each other and spend time with a pal as well. With motivation you can see results no matter how difficult the change may be at first. 

 

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