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Make Healthy Habits Your Priority – Invest in Yourself

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“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

Buddha

In investing in yourself, you are putting time and effort into the person you will become in the future. Even though this sounds simple enough, changing your future self won’t be easy unless you begin forming healthy habits today. It is crucial to maintain healthy habits, not only for your present well-being, but also for your long-term health.

Try to develop healthier habits.

According to Mayo Clinic, one of the primary reasons people fail to establish long-term healthy habits has to do with their all or nothing mentality. As humans, we are prone to errors, and you need to take this into account when developing healthy habits. For example, if you want to give up drinking alcohol, you might consider saying that you won’t drink alcohol except on a few special occasions. This way, quitting won’t feel so permanent.

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”

Herophilus

Start small.

As a result, changing your life can be incredibly difficult when your body is suddenly thrust through an array of changes. For instance, if you want to get fit through running, begin slowly.

Begin by running one mile, then increase it to two, three, and so forth. As a result, your body will be less stressed, allowing you to accomplish your goals more easily. Additionally, you may find it helpful to start journaling and write down the small steps you need to take, and mark them off as you go. So, even if you haven’t reached your overall goal yet, you will feel like you are making progress and being rewarded!

“So many spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”

A.J. Materi

Be consistent.

Whether you are trying to lose weight, or give up alcohol, it is paramount that you remain focused on your habits. In one British study, researchers discovered that when participants integrated the new habit they wanted to form into their daily routine, the new habit formed more quickly than if the new activity was performed occasionally.

Therefore, when you plan to form a habit, plan to do it every day, even if you don’t have much time some days! Habits are much more likely to stick if you practice them on a regular basis than if you only do it once a week.

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”

Tony Robbins

Make your life easier by taking it easy.

Creating new habits is challenging, and remaining consistent with them is even more difficult. It will be easier for you to build your habit if you make it easier for yourself. Get rid of any junk food you may have in your house if you want to stop eating junk food. This will help you avoid temptation. Alternatively, if you plan to exercise every morning before work, arrange your workout clothes in a convenient place, pack your gym bag overnight and get ready for your day. By doing so, you won’t have a reason to put off your task, which increases your chances of completing it when everything is in place.

“The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness.”

P.T. Barnum

Aim for the future.

As you work to develop these habits, remember who you are developing them for-the future you. If you find that you’re having trouble forming a habit, visualize where you will be in the future and what it will mean to you. Sounds good, doesn’t it? As you continue to form new habits, keep that feeling in mind.

In general, it is difficult to form healthy habits. Everyone would have them, if that were the case. Remember, one day you will appreciate the effort you put in now as you strive to achieve your ultimate goal.

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.”

Elbert Hubbard

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