How To Build Healthy Habits
How To Build Healthier Habits
A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” It is hard to give up bad habits and it is hard to start new habits. Studies show that it can take 21 - 66 days to form a new habit.
Most people need to spend about 2 months consistently repeating a new, healthy behavior before the choice to do so becomes a natural tendency.
Many psychiatrists believe that it can take up to 254 days of practicing a new habit before the natural tendencies become permanent.
That’s right. Lasting change takes time. The trick is to take it day by day.
Those 254 days are going to pass whether you are making healthier choices or not! Don’t be overwhelmed by the number. You need consistency in order to truly lay the groundwork for making a new habit. Ups or downs will happen… but recognize that the clock restarts on your habit forming process. I challenge you to choose something doable and start a new healthy habit this week… maybe it is morning yoga or meditation, maybe it’s cutting out sugar in your morning coffee or trying to eat a vegetable every day.