For many of us, January is an opportunity to break new habits and build new ones. Studies suggest it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to make a new habit stick. So, considering we’ve only got 30 days in January, there’s no time like the present to get started! Below, a few of our tips and tricks for forming new Dry Jan habits - and sticking to them.
Be specific and start small: We like specific new habits or goals and start small. Making small, incremental changes is always easier to stick to than a major behavioral change. If 30 days with no alcohol seems like too much to bite off, start every day with the intention to keep your commitment for just that day - and take it one day at a time.
Be flexible: Give yourself some flexibility in the early phases of habit formation. If you end up breaking your commitment and having a drink, move on and start again. Don’t get down on yourself if you just can’t make it happen on a given day. The key with a slip up on a new habit is to catch yourself early so you can course correct. For Dry January, we try not to let that one drink at the party turn into three. Or that one day without exercise turn into a whole week without it.
Grab a friend: Team up with a pal, spouse or college and work together to make your new habits stick. You can hold each other accountable and find support on days you’re struggling. When we are hankering for a tasty glass of wine, we track down a friend for a walk. And yes, in winter in northern CA, evening walks require headlamps - super fun.
Reward yourself: Rewards can help reinforce a new habit, so treat yourself while you’re on this journey. Just make sure your reward isn’t reinforcing a bad habit. We go for a self-care indulgence (usually a massage!) to reward a new habit streak.
We’re so excited about the month and all of the potential it holds to create a better version of ourselves.
Got new habit tips and tricks, we’d love to hear about them. Text us at 650-200-0793!