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Building New Habits: Tips Sheet

It takes time, effort, and dedication to create new habits. However, it’s never too late to break bad habits, and create new healthy habits in their place.

The Building New Habits: Tips Sheet provides practical guidance for creating and maintaining new habits. This worksheet covers eight tips that are great for individual or group discussion, and easy to start implementing right away. Some of the tips include:

  • Start with small changes.
  • Tie habits to other activities.
  • Celebrate your successes.

Habit-building is a useful way to approach many interventions, such as behavioral activation, relapse prevention, and self-improvement. Try using habits as a way to encourage consistency in new behaviors, or as a way to replace unwanted behaviors.

To learn more about establishing a specific new habit, check out the Habit Plan worksheet.

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References

1. Clear, J. (2018). Atomic habits: An easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones. Penguin.

2. Gardner, B., Lally, P., & Wardle, J. (2012). Making health habitual: the psychology of habit-formation and general practice. Br J Gen Pract, 62(605), 664-666.

3. Melemis, S. M. (2015). Focus: Addiction: Relapse Prevention and the Five Rules of Recovery. The Yale journal of biology and medicine, 88(3), 325.

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