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How to Start (and Keep) a Healthy New Habit

How to Start (and Keep) a Healthy New Habit

With the new year comes new goals, new ambitions and new horizons to set our eyes on. Last year is a thing of the past; now, we’re ready to accomplish something bigger and better in 2018. For some of us, that may be focusing on aspects of our health we let fall by the wayside—whether that be physical, emotional or mental health.

Unfortunately, starting our new healthy habit isn’t the problem—keeping it is. Many new year habits and goals ultimately end in failure; they last for the first few weeks of the year before dwindling into forgotten territory. Luckily, maintaining a habit is doable when set up for success. If you want to be start (and keep) a healthy new habit this year, check out these useful tips.

Make your goal attainable.
The first step in setting your healthy habit is being sure it’s something you can actually accomplish. Let’s be real: losing 50 pounds in a month is probably not going to happen, nor is it a healthy goal. But losing 50 pounds over six months is definitely more realistic and attainable.

By choosing unrealistic goals, you already set yourself up for failure and disappointment. When you choose habits that may not be as “exciting, but fit more into a the lifestyle you’re already living, you make your goals more achievable just by deciding on realistic expectations.

Set clear definitions.
Step number two: make sure your habits are clearly defined. “Eat more vegetables” is a healthy aspiration, but what does that really mean? When are you going to eat vegetables; how much is “more”? When your goals have loose definitions, they’re easier to misinterpret or avoid entirely, resulting in a less-than successful experience.

For example, a more defined goal instead may be: “Eat five servings of vegetables each day.” This goal has the same agenda as the first, but with more defined boundaries, so it’s easier to understand and take practical steps towards accomplishing.

Tell somebody.
Once you have your healthy habits decided on and defined, tell someone. As silly as it may sound to sit down with a friend or family member and list off your goals for the new year, the practice actually dramatically increases the odds of your overall success.

When we tell other people our goals, they hold us accountable when things become more challenging and we feel like giving up. Telling others the habits we want to establish gives us a support system, encouragement and—most importantly—the goal of being successful for someone else’s sake.

Track your steps.
Once you’ve begun working towards accomplishing your goals, encourage progress by continuing to track your steps. Set smaller goals along the way, so you can continually feel accomplished throughout the process.

For example, losing 50 pounds may seem like a huge, far-off goal, but losing two pounds by Friday is much more manageable. Track your steps and remember it takes an average of three weeks to establish a habit, so be patient with yourself. Follow your progress and celebrate the little accomplishments that lead you even closer to your ultimate goal.

Get back up.
The road to your new healthy habit is definitely going to be challenging at times, but when you fall off course, just remember to get back up. No one accomplishes their goals overnight, so don’t worry if you make a couple of mistakes here and there. The most important thing is to keep your eyes on the end goal and focus on its overall success.

This new year, start off right by living more altruistically… for yourself. Establish new, healthy habits and goals to accomplish in 2018. If you want to better your lifestyle, be sure to establish attainable, defined, known goals, and—with a little effort—your habits will fall into place.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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