|Welcome to 2022! To kick off the new year with a strong start, I like to ensure my surroundings are healthy, positive, and ready to take on anything. Creating an environment that’s positive and conducive to change can aid in setting the tone for the new year and formulating those healthy habits.
Here are some pointers on how to create a positive environment and a climate that is conducive to change:
CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT – Controlling your environment means equipping it with everything you need to succeed in implementing the change that you want. It is more than removing temptations; it’s about replacing old habits with new, more effective ones. For example, try setting an alarm on your phone for reminders to fuel your body, drink water, and practice mindfulness.
TRY TASK ASSOCIATION – Task association is a way to train your brain to complete a task automatically. Light a scented candle at night while practicing mindfulness. Each time you do, your mind will associate that task with that scent. This can also be practiced in other ways. For example, if you frequently eat at your desk, remove all snacks from your desk to associate your desk as a place of work, not to eat.
ESTABLISH A SUPPORT SYSTEM – All of these tasks are more challenging when you don’t have support. Continue to build your health bubble and promote wellness by sharing your journey with your loved ones and the Program Community. When others are aware of the lifestyle that you are leading, they will likely align themselves with you or be considerate of your healthy efforts.