You need a lot of support when you introduce a new routine into your life. Recruit yourself first. Be as kind to yourself as you are to your friends. Every time you practice your new task, tell yourself you did a good job. Say it out loud and call yourself by name. Great job, Sandy. You are amazing! Feel free to be as exuberant as you’d like – clap or do a happy dance if you so desire. The sky’s the limit. Then treat yourself to something inexpensive or free. Celebrate your accomplishment by taking a ten minute break, eating one piece of chocolate, playing a computer game, or doing whatever it takes to reward yourself.
Contributors: Sandy Paluzzi from Johns Hopkins University