Your Simple Guide to Habit Change

Your Simple Guide to Habit Change

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.

James Clear

Habit change.

Admittedly, it’s no one’s idea of fun.

And yet, the power to shape our experience– and our very identities as individuals– is found in our daily habits.

So, it’s worth taking a good look at what you repeatedly do. To make sure it aligns with the kind of life you want to live.

(And, as always, we’re here to support you every step of the way.)

Read on for a roundup of our top 10 habit change posts:

1. Mindful Goal-Setting

Each year, as the holiday season draws to a close, many of us find our thoughts turning to the new year and all it might bring. For many of us (planners and non-planners alike), the idea of a new year filled with new unknowns (e.g., new opportunities, new relationships, new difficulties, and so on…) can feel daunting. Add in the cultural pressure to establish an iron-clad set of new year’s resolutions by Jan 1st (and then actually keep them!), and you have a recipe for worry, guilt, even shame. No one wants to invite those feelings in. Especially before the year’s even begun. So, if you want to make some changes in the new year, but resolutions aren’t your thing? Consider mindful goal-setting.

2. Habit Change in 3 Easy(-ish) Steps

Resolution or not, there’s probably something you’re hoping to change in your life. Chances are, it’s something you’ve been meaning to change for awhile. But it’s become a habit. A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. (Sound familiar?) So, like most people, you just… haven’t given it up yet. But, before you start feeling guilty about that (again), take heart: Changing your habits is less complicated than you might think.

3. 5 Emotional Wellness Habits to Adopt Today

This is the time when many of us are committing (and re-committing) to caring for our emotional wellness this year. If you start looking for ways to do this, you’ll likely up with a lot of ideas. Too many ideas. Beware of health-information overload! (The goal is emotional wellness, not burnout.) So, if you’re looking for a nice, short list of some straightforward, evidence-based habits that pack a real emotional wellness punch… Look no further. We’ve done the research for you.

4. 3 Keys to Changing Your Sleep Habits in 2022

Earlier this year, the Star Tribune published an article highlighting the link between alcohol and sleep. For some of us, headlines like this might reinforce what we’ve suspected (or experienced firsthand) already. But, for others– especially during this season of “health resets” and habit changes– they serve as an uncomfortable reminder: Sleep matters a lot. And most of us aren’t paying nearly enough attention to it.

5. 5 Ways to Help Your Medication Work for You

Once you’ve met with your medication management provider to talk through all of your questions, you’ve determined medication may be helpful for you. Now that you have a prescription, there’s nothing left to do… right? Not quite. While every situation is different (and you should certainly communicate with your provider to best understand yours), there are some things that can help just about every one of us maximize the benefit of our medication. (No medical degree required.)

6. World Mental Health Day: 10 Ways to Take Action

Each year, World Mental Health Day presents a chance to squash the myths about emotional wellness. To spread the word about therapy, self-care, and mental health advocacy. Building awareness is an important step… but it’s not the only step we can take. Action is where emotional wellness starts becoming a reality for all of us. So, in our most popular habit change posts in honor of World Mental Health Day, we provide some practical suggestions to get you started. Read on for 10 ways to move from mental health awareness… to mental health action.

7. Social Media: 5 Questions You Might Be Asking Today

Some of our most popular habit change posts have been inspired by news and pop culture events unfolding in real time. After two of the most popular apps on the planet were disrupted for hours at a time, many of us were left wondering about the role these platforms (and social media as a whole) play in our daily lives. We shared 5 questions you might be asking yourself after the Facebook and Instagram interruptions… and resources to help you address each one.

8. Modern Mindfulness: 8 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos

Our modern ways are here to stay. We can choose whether or not to engage with them mindfully. But, ultimately, we must engage with them. So, for those times when unplugging is simply not an option– which, let’s face it, is most of the time these days– we’re sharing 8 ways you can incorporate modern mindfulness into your daily life.

9. 5 Ways to Change Your Relationship with Stuff

It’s all around us. (Especially after the holidays.) We accumulate it, store it, care for it. Occasionally, we use it. It has the power to support us… or drain us. Enhance our lives… or complicate them. It’s stuff. And whether you realize it or not, you’re in a relationship with yours. In one of our most popular habit change posts, we’re sharing 5 ways to begin changing your relationship with stuff.

10. How To Practice Gratitude When You’re Not Feeling Grateful

At its core, gratitude is as straightforward as looking at your everyday life and naming what makes you feel thankful. With practice, it almost becomes second nature. Sounds simple enough, right? But, what about when things are not going so well? Good news: You can still practice gratitude. Read on for some simple (yet powerful) ways to practice gratitude… even when it seems like there’s not much to be grateful for.


Did any of these habit change posts resonate with you? Looking for support putting what you learned into practice?