How to Create Healthy Habits

images-167My life-long career has been about guiding others into creating healthier habits.  If I were to pick one essential trait that greatly contributes to changing our health habits and behaviors, it would have to be RECORD KEEPING.  In other words, by recording or tracking the habits you want to improve, you will tend to be more successful.  For example, if you want to eat more vegetables, keep a tally of the number of servings of vegetables you eat every day.  You will see what your current habit looks like and by paying attention to it you will tend to make conscious choices during the day to improve that habit.  To commit to that habit even further, you could set a goal for the number of servings of vegetables you would like to eat each day.  That is just one simple example of how record keeping helps you develop healthier habits.

When I set health related goals, I’m looking for healthy habits that will combat the health concerns that bother me the most.  For me, my objectives would be: maintaining good mental health, controlling my weight, and managing chronic pain.  Remember this will be very personal for YOU and reflects your specific healthy habits that you want to maintain.  What would be your health priorities?  

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Below are the the healthy habits I regularly practice to meet my objectives.  I keep a chart where I can easily check up on myself, that I’m doing the best things I can to stay healthy.  The bottom line is this:  Can I say, yes, these habits are part of my life every day or almost every day?

 

This is what my DAILY HABITS chart looks like.  This is how I TRACK the healthy habits I want to maintain.  I put a check mark or a brief one word comment in the space. 

(Ideally, this would be a grid, but technology was not cooperating with me today.)
7 Daily Habits *
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1.Bible Study & Journal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Exercise & Stretch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Breathe, Relax, Fun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Connect with Friends & Family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Nutrition, Supplements& Medications
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Sleep Quality
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Weight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

* 7 DAILY HABITS:

1. Spend time in prayer and Bible study; journal the insights and discoveries

2. Make time for purposeful exercise and stretching

3. Practice deep breathing and doing something relaxing and/or fun

4. Spend time with people, socialize, connect

5. Prepare healthy meals, take nutrition supplements and necessary medications

6. Strive for quality sleep 

7. Monitor weight by getting on the scale

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to two teenagers, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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