“On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In health psychologist Phillippa Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. The researchers also found that it doesn’t matter if you mess up every now and then. Building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process.”
Well-being is at the root of everything. Without it, all our focus goes to how we can repair or bring health and connection back into our body and our lives. Somewhere in the middle is where we live most times and don’t notice the unwell-being. What I find is that I only tend to focus on my well-being when it gets to the extreme of unwell-being or feeling really off balance in my body or mind. I forget to do the things that will maintain myself when nothing is screaming at me for attention. It’s so easy to be complacent. We can often get by without exercise, eating well or thinking well. Until we can’t, and then we hit a point of no or little return.
Any change we want to make takes time to make a difference. If we forget to focus on well-being and those things that give us health, peace, harmony, balance and more, we find ourselves in the quicksand of our lives. It’s easiest to maintain than climb up from the depths of the valley.
How can you keep this front and center and remember yourself and your own well-being? Let me know in the comments below or reach out to explore further.