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Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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Why You Should Start Establishing Good Habits For 2022 Now!

Kick-start your New Year’s resolution now by developing good skills that will help you achieve your goals in 2022!

Did you know that it takes a month to develop a new habit? According to research, it takes a minimum of 21 days for old habits to dissolve and new behaviors to take their place. However, adapting to new habits can be difficult and it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a new habit to stick. This is probably why 68% of Americans give up on their New Year’s resolutions in less than a month. So if your New Year’s resolution for 2022 will involve a lifestyle change, it would be a good idea for you to start working on changing your habits starting now! 

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make are health and fitness goals, learning a new skill, or making new friends. There is also a subset of people who decide they want to be a better person by giving back to the community or paying goodwill forward into the new year. In honor of Giving Tuesday, which is the National Day of Giving that is celebrated annually at the end of November, we encourage you to start your resolution of giving back to the community in any way you can today. 

Helping others has many benefits for you, such as reducing stress, improving your mood, and could even help you live longer. That said, the positivity you spread by giving back to the community is contagious, so everyone will reap the benefits. If you’re not sure how to get started, consider volunteering for a cause you care about, such as walking dogs at an animal shelter or assembling care packages for the homeless. While you’re volunteering, you might even make new life-long friends! 

If volunteering isn’t possible for you, consider donating gently used items or funds to one of the many non-profit organizations seeking donations on Giving Tuesday. For these organizations, every penny counts and you’ll feel good knowing your money or former possessions are going to a good cause. Alternatively, practice good deeds like buying a meal for the homeless person you always see on the sidewalk, paying for the coffee of the person in line behind you, or even just holding the door for someone. There is no gesture too big or too small when you’re trying to make a positive difference on the lives of the people around you and be a better person. 

However, once you start practicing good habits like doing good deeds you have to keep doing them until they become routine. Once you’ve worked on creating new habits for a while, they will become automatic and you won’t even have to think about it anymore. So whether your resolution is to start volunteering, eat healthier, or something else entirely, you’ll need these 8 tips to set you up for success as you develop new habits. 

1.) Make the conscious decision of what habit you want to dedicate your efforts to forming and vow to yourself that you will stick to it. 

2.) Visualize your goal. As you picture yourself performing the activity you have in mind, you may find it’s easier to stick with your goals and you feel more motivated. The visualization will help your subconscious mind accept the new behavior, too. 

3.) Tell others about your new habit or goal. When you can’t motivate yourself to continue with your new behavior, rely on friends or family to push you and hold you accountable. You’ll be grateful for their support in the long run. 

4.) Give yourself an uplifting affirmation. Repeating a key phrase has been shown to shorten the length of time it takes a new habit to become routine. For example, if your new habit is that you want to go to the gym every day before work, you might say something like “I get up and go to the gym at 7am each morning!” before you go to bed. 

5.) Incorporate your habit into your daily routine. When you are developing new habits, it’s important to be consistent and persistent. Therefore, it’s crucial that you remember to practice your desired behavior every day. If you can’t remember, try setting reminders in your phone or calendar, or writing it down in your daily planner. 

6.) Don’t be too hard on yourself. While it’s important to be persistent, we are only human and sometimes it can feel like you’re taking two steps forward and one step back while you work on changing old habits. However, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself or use this as an excuse to give up. Instead, focus on what you can learn from your setback and stay motivated. 

7.) Celebrate the small wins. Creating new behaviors is hard work, and you should be proud of every accomplishment you achieve throughout the process. Make sure to acknowledge and appreciate your hard work and reward yourself for staying on top of your new habit. By rewarding yourself, you will positively reinforce the desired behavior and make it easier to stick with your goals. 

8.) Try to focus on only one new habit or goal at a time. When you have one goal, you can make a simple plan and stick to it. If you try to change or accomplish too many things at once, you might become overwhelmed and stressed. 

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