Now that we are a couple of weeks into the new year, how are your resolutions going? We hope you started 2015 off by deciding to Own Your Health!
While positive, long-term goals of turning your vices into virtues are well intended, sometimes they can be difficult to pull off. Like 19th-century American humorist, Josh Billings once said, “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”
Take this time to value your health before you actually do lose it. Bad habits, or vices, jeopardize your health – both mentally and physically. And they can prevent you from accomplishing your goals and New Year’s Resolutions.
Check out these 5 ideas on how to turn a bad habit into a healthy choice.
- Choose a substitute for your bad habit. Many unhealthy patterns can be caused by stress and boredom. For example, if you smoke cigarettes when you get stressed, find a more positive activity to do when dealing with the anxiety. Then insert that new behavior instead of having a cigarette every time you feel stress coming on.
- Cut out as many triggers as possible. If you eat cookies when they are in the house, then don’t buy them. When you sit down on the couch and the first thing you do is pick up the television remote, then hide the remote. Make it easier to break the habits by avoiding the things that cause them.
- Work with someone who has the same vice and turn it into a virtue together. Pair up with someone and exercise together or quit smoking together – or, go to a 9Health Fair together! The two of you can hold each other accountable and celebrate your accomplishments together.
- Surround yourself with people who live the way you want to live. Spending time with people who live the way you want to will help encourage you to break away from bad habits you want to change, and allow you to visualize the lifestyle you want to lead.
- The power of positive thinking. Visualize yourself doing the bad habit, then visualize living without the bad habit and performing another habit that is good. Lastly, finish this picture with an image of yourself in a positive, happy state. Whether it may be passing up the cookie aisle at the grocery store, buying healthier food or getting up earlier to workout. Whatever habit it is you’re looking to break, envision yourself getting rid of it and enjoying the moment where that vice has turned into a virtue.
Realize that you won’t be able to always stay on task. We all slip up now and then – after all, we are only human. So rather than beating yourself up, just plan for it and work to get back on track.
Turning vices into virtues takes time, effort and determination, but most of the time, having a good reason and a replacement plan is the important factor in staying on track. Set a goal and you will be able to conquer your bad habits.
Make sure to join us for a spring 9Health Fair – what a great way to own your health, find out what your numbers are and remind yourself why it’s important to modify vices and make it a virtuous life! You can register online for a fair near you beginning in February 2015.
Tell us what you’re turning around in 2015. We want to hear about your resolutions and how you will make 2015 a healthier year. Share with us on Facebook.