According to various studies, it takes on average 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit – sometimes even less, depending on the intensity of the habit. Studies also concluded that, on average, it takes 66 days for a new behaviour to become instinctive. But the only downfall is that it can be just as easy to break out of a habit just as fast. The key to avoid this is to start off slow. Whether that just be to take a 10 minute walk each day and then gradually increase the time by an extra 5 minutes each day - you’ll be surprised with how well you can adapt.
A habit is something that progresses to become a part of your subconscious daily routine overtime. Creating healthy habits especially, can significantly benefit one’s mental health and wellbeing. A tip when trying to build upon habit, is to keep track of it. A diary (physically journal or online) may just be your best friend. Keeping note of small changes may just help normalise these habits. Not only with this help you prioritise your self-care, but you will be less likely to forget how far you have come in your journey – bringing you closer to meeting your end goals.
Below are just some simple healthy habits & tools that you can focus on to start your very own health routine journey:
- Decide on a goal – and stick to it.
- Focus on diet and exercise
- Normalise sleeping patterns
- Choose a simple action you can take each day and build on it as best you can.
- Congratulate & reward yourself when you find yourself building upon a good habit.
- Build healthy relationships
- Control stress management
- Create better time management
- Practice relaxation, mindfulness and affirmations.
- Stay patient and trust the process.
It’s important to take note that everyone is different, therefore each individual may need a bit more time and motivation to get started. Setting reminders can help you maintain your new profound habits. Using an online diary/app to set reminders on your phone or computer may just give you the productive boost that you need. You friends and family can also be a huge support and may aid you to remember why you set these goals in the first place.
Start to visual your future self and slowly but surely, you will begin to stay on track.