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A lot of what is being asked of us right now is to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy. We are expected to keep our hands especially clean, wear masks, and maintain 6-feet distance between ourselves and others while we are out and about. At the same time, many of us feel pressure to develop new healthy habits: a new mindfulness technique, a fitness goal, or a new diet change. However, getting a new habit to stick can be difficult. To ensure that healthy habits actually get built into your day, it is important to consciously repeat the habit.

  1. First, know that habits are not built in a day, or even a week. It takes time and repetition before, for example, you remember to wash your hands more often or wear your mask every time you leave your home.
  2. Create a support system around habits like fitness goals. It can be easier to keep your goals if you have someone to keep you accountable.
  3. Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself and start with small changes. We have all recently taken on quite a few new habits related to health, so don’t add too many to that list. Start with one and work your way up.

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