There are many facets of life that we have little control over, from much of our work environment to some dynamics within the family. However, our lifestyle choices are just that—choices.

Unfortunately, it’s human nature to fall into bad habits and they can be tough to break. Lifestyle choices can dictate everything from mental clarity to physical health. It includes deciding the health factor of the foods we eat as well as choosing between diving into a social media abyss and going on a walk when we need to decompress.

Maybe you want to start to be spiritual or add a new workout into your regimen. Making an active decision to change our lifestyle choices for the better can snowball into a myriad of positive life changes.

But how do we go about doing it? Here are some simple steps to take towards making better lifestyle choices:

1. Start Small

If you try to change everything at once, it will get overwhelming and burnout will occur. Instead, choose just one lifestyle choice you wish you were better at, such as snack choices. What steps do you need to take to make this lifestyle shift easier?

If it’s healthier snacking, rationing out the right portions and making sure healthy snacks are always readily available is key. Many people opt for junk foods because they’re readily available. What if healthy choices were readily available?

2. Keep Reminders of Why You Want to Make This Change

You already know why you want to make lifestyle choice changes, but it can be helpful to keep reminders available. Maybe it’s a daily pop-up aspiration you schedule for yourself, or perhaps it’s joining a support group to help you with your goals.

3. Write Down the Whys and Accomplishments

Studies have shown that writing down goals and other important events make a person much likelier to stick with changes. There’s something about writing things down by hand that makes these things much more substantial than typing or snapping a photo. Keeping a notebook of goals and lifestyle choices can be a helpful tool and a great reminder.

4. Surround Yourself with Supportive People

Not everyone in your life is necessarily going to encourage or help you with your lifestyle choice changes, and this can include partners and family.

Addressing that lack of support is a separate issue. For now, focus on surrounding yourself with supportive people whose values align with your own. This might come in the form of an online or in-person group and will also help you to make new friends.

5. Know When You Need Professional Help

Not all lifestyle choice changes can be made on your own or with non-professional support. For instance, if you’re struggling with addiction, it might be time to get professional help. When a person is ready for such an intervention, they usually know it.

No matter what lifestyle aspects you’d like to change, you’re never alone. There are always others who are working towards similar goals and could benefit from a symbiotic supportive relationship. Determine what you’d like to change first and then take steps towards prioritizing it.

Trevor McDonald

Trevor is a freelance writer and recovering addict & alcoholic who's been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.