Start Small for Healthier Habits

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Did you know it takes 21 days to form a habit? That means it only takes three weeks of doing something on a regular schedule, like going to the gym, eating healthy, or starting a yoga practice, to make it second nature. Starting small leads to big changes, and even a small commitment can change your life.

What does your morning routine look like? If it involves stress or anxiety, it might be time to form new habits to start your morning off right. Forcing yourself to put the phone down for the first hour you’re awake is one way to start. Waking up a half hour earlier to ensure you eat a healthy breakfast is another.

The author of “A Small Commitment Can Change Your Life,” posted on the Wanderlust Journal, used to start her day every morning like this: wake up at 4:45am, read through emails while making coffee, climb back into bed, scroll through Instagram, wonder what kind of enlightened post to share, ignore her meditation because news on Twitter was more important, and then look at the time to realize she’d wasted an hour spiraling into negative news and other people’s lives. Then she recognized her behavior was destructive and decided to do something about it.

"My alarm coaxes me out of bed at 4:45am. I lift up the covers, walk to my kitchen, and turn on the kettle. As it heats, I climb back into bed and drift for a few moments before my second alarm goes off. The kettle is whistling, and I move on to begin my day with coffee, reading, and journaling. That’s my ideal morning agenda, but it didn’t always turn out that way."

Read her advice on how to start small and commit to a new healthy lifestyle step by step. It’s versatile wisdom that is applicable everywhere! I’ll be using her tips to strengthen my yoga practice and ingrain new, healthy habits into my day. How will you?

Sydnie Lopolito