Build a foundation for long-term happiness with new healthy habits, says Annah Mirananda of Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & Spa, in country Victoria. She shares her tips on how to keep that feeling of good health lasting long after you’ve left.
Make it micro
Take the pressure off and start small, with one habit at a time. For example, if you like the thought of meditating for half an hour a day but can’t find the time, then simply find a minute and start there.
Schedule it in
Keen to turn a “sometimes” activity into a regular one, choose a specific, regular time for your practice and pre-commit to your habit. And do it daily: the more often you do your habit, the more quickly it will take hold. Regular “wins” make us feel good, and gain momentum.
Be kind to yourself
Give yourself time. Don’t quit if you miss a day here or there. Come back to your original intention and focus. Use “mental” rehearsals to build your habit and make it strong like a muscle. Plan for slip-ups.
Have clear and realistic intentions
Unrealistic expectations set us up to fail before we have even started. It takes time to build and form new ways. Remind yourself each time you practice, why you decided to create your new healthy habit. It reinforces clear intention and purpose, and strengthens your foundation.
© Prevention Australia
First published: 5 Aug 2019