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Brighter Days, Brighter Ways

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and it's the perfect time to start new or re-establish habits that will help you move towards a healthier life. Whether you want to start a new exercise routine, eat healthier, learn more, spring is the perfect time to get started.

Here’s 5 helpful ways to get you started and hopefully have a routine up and running before the summer starts.


Be Realistic

We need to be realistic and set goals that are somewhat out of reach. If you set goals that are too ambitious or unrealistic, you will quickly become discouraged and give up. On the other hand, if you set small, achievable goals, you will be more likely to stick with them and make progress towards your larger goals. If you want to move every day, plan it for 15 minutes and then increase by 5 minutes every week. This will build you up gradually rather than going full tilt with an hour a day only to be disappointed on day 3 when you don’t complete the hour.


Planning

Planning will help. Some of you are aware that I sit down every single Sunday and plan my week out. It was there in black and white, where I needed to be, what I needed to do. What could be pushed and what was paying the bills and simply had to get done. It take 15 min, even less now to plan my week but it is so worth that time. Having my to do list and appointments to reduces overwhelm. Creating a plan will help you stay organized and focused on your goals. It will also help you identify any potential obstacles or challenges that you may face and come up with strategies to overcome them.


Morning Routine

You do not have to wake up earlier to have a morning routine. When you have a list of things that you need to do each morning it becomes easier to take care of the necessary tasks in a shorter amount of time. This way you can catch a few minutes of extra sleep. Your body will naturally fall into a rhythm of going to sleep and waking up at a certain time which will make you feel more rested when the dreaded alarm clock goes off. The alarm clock may not be so dreaded when you have a healthy breakfast and self-care routine to look forward to. It will eventually become effortless to wake

up at the same time every day. One of the best times to move is in the morning because it gives you a rush of endorphins and promotes energy levels to start the day. A lot of people have difficulty finding the motivation to work out first thing in the morning, but with a daily routine, it will become easier. A simple walk 15-20 minute walk while you drink your coffee and watch the sunrise is a

great way to get your blood flowing first thing in the morning.


Start Small

When starting new habits, it's important to start small. Trying to change too many things at once can be overwhelming and lead to failure. Instead, focus on one habit at a time and start with something small and achievable. For example, if you want to start eating healthier, start by replacing one unhealthy snack each day with a healthier option, such as a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. Once you have established this habit, you can gradually make more changes to your diet.


An Accountability Partner

Finding an accountability partner can be a great way to help you stay motivated and on track with your new habits. An accountability partner is someone who shares your goals and is committed to helping you achieve them. This could be a friend, family member, or even a colleague. You could set up regular check-ins to discuss your progress and offer each other support and encouragement. Having an accountability partner can make a big difference in your success with new habits, as it provides an added layer of motivation and support.


Remember, it's important to be patient and persistent, as creating new habits takes time and effort. With dedication and commitment, you can achieve your goals and create positive habits that will last a lifetime






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