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Despite your best efforts, maintaining your well-being in this busy world can be challenging. But, you are not stuck in bad behavior forever. You have the power to create the life you want to live. Good habits happen when you set yourself up for success. Here are a few simple hacks for creating healthy habits.


1- Create the Right Environment


Organize your context to make it easy to repeatedly do the same thing. Our actions and habits are driven by our surroundings.



2- Start Small

Big changes require a high level of motivation that can’t be sustained. Starting with tiny changes makes picking up a new habit easier.


3- Make It Routine


One time does not make a habit. Commit and do it long and consistently enough so it “takes”.


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4- Make It Easy


Clear the obstacles that stand in your way. We are very sensitive to the forces that stand in our way. Don’t use it as a reason not to start.


5- Reward Yourself


You will have some small successes along the way. Reward yourself for incremental progress. Taking time to celebrate what you’ve already achieved will motivate you.


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6- Nourish Your Brain


A poorly nourished brain lacks energy and the vital nutrients for cognitive functioning. As the day passes it will become more difficult to make good choices.


7- Stack Your Habits

Use an existing habit to cue the new behavior. This is more successful than relying on willpower alone.


8- Look at Each Day as a New Chance


Embrace the process and not the end result. Whether you had a good or bad day the day before, focus only on your goals for the new day.



A behavior change is challenging. Look for ways to support your lifestyle tweaks and perform them often and consistently. Soon your new habit will be permanent.


Need help? Call (510) 497-4174 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Oakland therapists today.


This post was written by Lani Gouws on behalf of The Bridge Therapy Center. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Lani here: lani@bridgecentertherapy.com