Just like we're completing a puzzle, new habits take time. Change isn't necessarily linear, even though we'd sometimes like it to be.
Here are 4 ways to cope with progress and bumps along the way.
It takes time. I'm not perfect and patience is definitely one of those virtues that I continue to work on. It's like the puzzle, if you take a break from working on the puzzle, you'll be more likely to add more pieces to it when you return to the puzzle.
Roll with the discomfort.
Because you’re implementing changes, recognize that it will be uncomfortable. Acknowledging that you’re uncomfortable can alleviate some of these feelings. Now how does that work? We’re validating our experience and we’re recognizing it through a more objective lens. By avoiding the discomfort, you are more likely to compound this discomfort. We can also tell ourselves that it’s not something that has become nature YET.
Go easy on yourself.
Unfortunately, I think society has taught us that if we encourage ourselves, we'll remain complacent and not remain focused. I'm here to tell you that that's not the case! We don't need to criticize ourselves to be motivated. So when you're adjusting to new habits, acknowledge every step that you've taken. It's the small changes that lead to larger ones. So every time you accomplish something--even if it's going to bed 10 minutes earlier, celebrate and revel in this step!
Try not to make too many changes at once.