February 23, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 8 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines
Get in the (healthy) habit
Could you stop eating chocolate for one day? Seven days? Forty days?
That’s just what many Christians do for Lent, which starts this coming Wednesday and ends April 13. The long run-up to Easter is known as a time of fasting and abstinence. The observant traditionally “give up” some food or activity they enjoy, or maybe a bad habit like smoking, for this particular six weeks.
Whatever your beliefs, it’s a perfect model for how to make lifestyle changes that contribute to wellness.
To be successful, you need goals that are small, specific, and reasonable for you. Using Lent as a template, think about adding a single healthy element to your diet or daily routine. For example: “I will have fruit with my breakfast.” “I will walk around the block after dinner.”
Commit to charting your hits and misses for at least 40 days. There’s little solid evidence on how long it takes for a new action to feel automatic, but for most people it’s more than the widely quoted “21 days to make a habit.”
In one 2009 study, British researchers followed 96 volunteers and came up with an average of 66 days before a behavior felt habitual. However, individual variation ranged from three weeks to the better part of a year—so be patient with yourself.
Whether you’re establishing a new behavior or unlearning an old one, you’ll increase your odds of success by exploiting your brain’s natural patterns of habit formation.
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