It’s no secret that we humans don’t like change. If you did a survey, you’d most likely find that at least 90 out of 100 people would tell you that they do not enjoy change.
Change is not easy because humans are creatures of habit. After all, they don’t call it a “comfort zone” for nothing. You want to continue living in a certain routine once you have conditioned your body and mind to function in that way. This makes you feel comfortable with your surroundings and decisions. Even when it’s not really comfortable any more, it’s still easier to stick with the familiar than it is to initiate a lifestyle change.
But change is necessary in order for us to grow. So even if you don’t like change, you need to find ways to make healthy lifestyle changes easier. There are also tools you can use to welcome change into your life, even when you’re entering new uncharted territory.
Here are 3 ways to make lifestyle changes easier for you:
1. Make a list of pros and cons.
If you know you need to make changes in your life and you aren’t looking forward to doing so, you can do a simple exercise that will make the change easier to handle.
Take a sheet of paper, and on one side write “Pros,” and on the other write, “Cons.” On the corresponding side you will write the pros and the cons of the change so you can see what the benefits and drawbacks might be.
As you do this exercise, you may realize that the very thing holding you back is the fear of change itself.
Seeing the pros and cons will help you realize how it will benefit you to make the change. This allows you to warm up to the thought that change actually might actually be a good idea!
2. Make your changes gradually.
Another way to make lifestyle changes easier is to work up to them. It’s a shock to the system when you try to make wholesale changes overnight. Take small steps toward making the changes permanent.
For instance, if the healthy lifestyle changes that you need to make center around quitting smoking you may not want to quit cold turkey; instead you can work up to it. I did this, and even though it took awhile I finally quit and am happy to say I’ve been smoke free for almost seven years now.
3. Use Affirmations.
Another way to help make lifestyle changes easier is to use positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are statements that encapsulate the way you would ideally think or behave.
You can either create your own affirmations or look for statements that others have created. The key is that you find an affirmation that speaks to you.
Words are powerful and, when you repeat the same words over time, they continue to resonate through your mind. When the words are positive you’ll find that you can tap into the positive thought anytime or anywhere.
If you’re worried about making a healthy lifestyle change, you don’t have to be. Instead, you can remind yourself why you want to change by saying something like, “Change is healthy. I am excited to experience new opportunities.”
When you repeat an affirmation often enough, it becomes your response to the negative energy and anxiety you feel. You become more confident in dealing with change when you know you can replace the negative thoughts with positive ones as soon as they occur.
Some lifestyle changes are harder than others to become accustomed to even when we desire to make the changes. Many times just one of these tips will help you to implement the change, while other times you may need to use a variety of methods to feel at ease about the change.
Use the “pro and con” method to see the benefits. Then bring the change in gradually while you accept it through your affirmations. These techniques will help you feel confident so you can enjoy the benefits of your new lifestyle.