Stop Expecting New Habits in 21 Days

Stop Expecting New Habits in 21 Days

Somewhere it was heard that it takes 21 days to create new habits, recently I read a study that confirmed it takes much longer for healthy habits to take root.

How long does it actually take then?

“…a daily action like eating fruit at lunch or running for fifteen minutes took an average of sixty-six days to become as much of a habit as it would ever become.”

I can attest to this in my own world.  I’m still working on the daily habit to meditate each morning for 15 minutes.

It’s been about 2 months and it’s slowly becoming a habit, I don’t even think about it, I just do it.  That was not the case in the first few weeks however, it took way more effort and consistent action.

What daily habit are you working to create, that will improve your health and quality of life?

“Fact is, habits are hard to alter, and that’s why developing a good habit is really worth the struggle; once you’re used to making your bed each morning, or going for an evening walk, or flossing, you don’t have to exert much self-control to keep it up.”  = Less effort.

The most intriguing part of the study was that was that missing one day of your new habit will not derail you or stop the new habit from forming!  Which means, if we slip, just keep going, it will still work out!

Now, as we know some habits are harder than others to create, and it depends on how habit resistant your personality is, however I feel that this information is helpful and good to know. 

If you’re coming up to 21 days and you don’t have that new healthy habit locked down yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it takes time. All good things do 😉

Keep it up, you’re doing great!