Creating Healthy Habits in 2018

With the new year just beginning, it is time to start thinking about how you are going to build the best you in 2018.  January 1 is a great time to start and with some planning you can be prepared for a successful kick-off to the year that will enable you to achieve your goals.  I work with clients to develop goals that they can commit to and here are my best tips for success.

When clients come into my office they are often looking for help to navigate current problems. Usually something has derailed their plans or thinking and helping clients refocus their thought process is a good first step.  For couples who are having relationship problems or are struggling with infertility, or individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression, coming up with a good plan on how to unpack the complexities of the problem while trying to embrace life and move forward can be helpful.

Exercise:  With the consultation of your medical doctor, exercise can be one of the best ways to combat an emotional rollercoaster.   Clearing your mind, sweating it all out, and focusing on your health can help relieve anxiety, help you deal with depression and bring a healthier connection in your relationship.

Big goals start with small steps:  While you can have long-term goals of improving your marriage or losing 50 pounds, it is best to break these down into small steps.  Remember, each step can be a milestone worthy of  celebration and an impetus to continue, so you can to reward yourself for hard work.  Having a 10+ marriage can just start with 2 dates a month or a nightly 15 minute check-in.

Habits will help:  Let’s say you want to start exercising because you know you will feel better about your self and it will help reduce your anxiety and depression.  Having a regular routine to get you to the gym and also maximizing your time while at the gym will be advantageous to sticking to your plan.  Pack your gym bag the night before, plan your workout, and carve out time during your day.  Going to the gym at the same time of day will also help.

Do this with a buddy:  Sometimes the support, and accountability, from another person is enough to keep us focused.  It can be a friend or a co-worker whom you check in with on a regular basis to make sure you are staying on track.  Maybe this person has goals similar to yours!

A significant part of a successful 2018 is believing you can do this.  You can build the life you want to live and meet all of the goals you set by starting small and building on top each goal you achieve.

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