We’ve all heard it takes 21 days to create a new habit. What if I told you it doesn’t take that long to form a bad habit. And sometimes no matter how hard we try it takes us a lot longer to form a new habit.
So how long does it really take to create a new habit?
You want me to be honest with you, right?
The answer to that is, it takes as long as it takes.
Need a better answer? Okay! It depends.
It depends on your mindset. I depends why you want to make these changes? It depends on how big of a change it is from what you are doing now.
If it is your habit to drink a cup of coffee every morning and you switch from coffee to hot tea, it’s probably not going to take you very long to make that new habit.
Giving up your morning routine or deciding to not enjoy a hot beverage in the morning on the other hand might take a lot longer.
So, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when making habit changes.
Replace your old habits with new habits.
For example, if you want to give up coffee, brew a cup of herbal tea in the morning and throughout the day when you would usually reach for your coffee cup.
Habits will form faster if you stick to the same time and environment each day. Instead of going for a walk whenever, schedule your walk every day at the same time.
A constant reminder of why you’re trying to change your behavior is also helpful. Remind yourself every day that you’re doing the new action (i.e eat healthier) so you can feel better, have more energy, and reach your goal to lose weight.
Keep your reason why you’re changing front and center and then be prepared to stick it out. Yes it will take some time to make new habits and replace old ones. But it will be well worth it in the end.
Your Partner in Health,