Firstly, you have to be determined how you would like to be healthy. That’s right, it can actually take two months or more to create a solid habit, according to a groundbreaking-but-overlooked University College London study, “How Are Habits Formed,” and follow-up paper, “Making Health Habitual.”
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Here’s the kicker: Study wide, the time subjects needed to reach the “automatic” stage ranged from 18 to 254 (!) days, with the average being 66.
So, don’t set yourself up for failure by expecting to change your life in three weeks—it just doesn’t work that way.
- Nutrition and healthy eating
- Sexual health
- Birth control
- Weight loss
- Quit smoking
- Stress management
- Consumer health
- Healthy Lifestyle
Try to get how your habit works and how you are willing to change it:
Maybe you can say, you’re trying to make a habit of going to the gym in the morning. First, you need a to determine that it could be as simple as laying your clothes out at night so you see them first thing; leaving your gym bag by the door so you trip on it as you leave; or setting the coffeemaker to brew automatically so there’s caffeine to get you going.
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Next comes the routine: You go and work out at the gym. This is the part that will, with practice, become automatic once you’ve repeated it so many times it’s an ingrained part of your behavior.
Finally, you need a reward to congratulate yourself for following through. It may sound excessive, but it’s key to the process. After all, how many things in life would you do willingly, over and over, if you never got anything back? (Marriage doesn’t count.) So, buy a spiced latte or play your most upbeat song—anything to help rewire your brain to feel better about the habit and want to repeat it.
Think about changing the smoking habit. It’s an obvious injurious to health. If you have to have a controlling power on it by yourself!
Try various rewards till you find one that works—maybe a short walk outside, a funny YouTube break, or your favorite candy. Yes, it is tough for one to change within few days which he or she used to do for a long time.
Consider variety your enemy
You may aim for varieties in your healthy diet or regular habit.
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Don’t quit if you miss a day—it won’t matter in the long run.
Don’t underestimate the undertow that can drag you down
“Undertow,” or “the seemingly mysterious power that seems to wreck our attempts to escape self-destructive behavior just when we start to feel safe,” is the unconscious force that can derail good habits, says O’Connor in Rewire.
But there are ways to gain the advantage. Admitting that we’re powerless over self-destructive behavior and that the “undertow” is a natural part of building better habits are key. “Accept that you have to make big changes in how your mind works in order to stop your self-destructive behavior,” he writes.
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Let technology feed your habit. Sticking with a habit for months on end is tough, but tech can lighten the load. Give yourself at least 66 days to make a habit stick.
That’s right, it can actually take two months or more to create a solid habit, according to a groundbreaking-but-overlooked University College London study, “How Are Habits Formed,” and follow-up paper, “Making Health Habitual.
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Use mental rehearsals to build your habit “muscle”
In Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Richard O’Connor, Ph.D., cites a Harvard study in which subjects practiced a one-handed piano exercise two hours a day for five days. Afterward, it was found, the brain area that controls the fingers was enlarged and enriched.