I'll Be Happy When. . .


So many of us are just trying to be better versions of ourselves. The more I talk to people, the more I hear, “I’ll be happy when I lose weight. . .I’ll be happy when I get more sleep (or when I’m more social, or less social. . .) You get the idea. 
When you have behaviors that you really want to change, they weigh on you and can negatively influence the way you think, feel and behave. We become used to doing things the same way over and over again (going to bed too late, unhealthy snacking) that it seems impossible to make a permanent change. And if you have several habits that you’d like to fix at once, the thought of overhauling them all is mentally exhausting—and will deplete your willpower.
The good news? You can change any habit simply by substituting it for a new one—as long as you make the changes one at a time.
Technique of the week: Think of one thing that you want to add or do less of in your life. Decide specifically what that would look like and what you have to do to make it happen. Start small—vow to exercise for thirty minutes once a week, then twice a week, and so on. Once you’ve accomplished a fitness regimen, add another routine, then another. BABY STEPS! Congratulate yourself along the way and keep going. Before you know it—you’ll be doing more of what you want and less of what you don't!

Melissa Garson