How to create healthy habits one step at a time

By Amy Paturel – NEA Member Benefits – June 2015

Try these positive daily strategies, make a commitment to self-care and achieve optimal wellness.

Teaching requires extraordinary mental and physical strength, so making a daily commitment to your health is key.

“Self care in terms of nutrition, fitness and mental resiliency is crucial to your performance level,” says Amy Hendel, PA, founder of and author of The “4 Habits of Healthy Families.”

Manifesting good habits takes time, but it’s worth the effort. “Depending on the difficulty of the habit being created, and the support system on board to make the change, it can take anywhere from four to 10 weeks to make lasting changes,” says Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, Positive Psychology Expert and author of “Creating Your Best Life.” The good news: The more consistency you bring to the change early in the process, the more likely your new habits will stick.

Here we highlight five critical self-care areas—and positive daily strategies to ensure lasting change.

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Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal-setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. Caroline is the author of eight books, including Positively CarolineMy Name is Caroline,  Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top ten goal-setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the ten books that will change your life in 2017.  Her new book, Big Goals, is anticipated for release in the fall of 2024.  Caroline has been featured in BBC World NewsThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News &World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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