They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit, which is why I’ve created the yoga life reset over 3 weeks. That’s kind of a weird idea though, isn’t it? 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? It depends on your mindset and it depends on how big of a change it is from what you are doing now. If it is your habit to eat a bowl of ice cream at night and you switch from regular ice cream to a low sugar frozen yogurt version, it’s probably not going to take you very long to make that new habit. Giving up ice cream altogether might take a lot longer. Taking smaller steps make change a little easier.
What we really want to know is how long do we have to tough it out before it gets easier. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel where we don’t have to try so hard anymore? In other words, when will this new behavior become automatic? If the changes feel better than the bad habit, it’s going to be a lot easier though.
It’s easier to make a new habit than get rid of an old one. We should always try to replace an old habit with a new one. A constant reminder of why you’re trying to change your behavior is also helpful.
Remind yourself every day that you’re practising yoga so your body stays strong and you can play with your kids. Or put up a picture to remind you that you’re making frugal habits so you can purchase your dream house. Keep your reason why you’re changing front and center and then be prepared to stick it out.
What makes it easier to make positive changes? When the changes feel good! When your life instantly gets better the changes don’t feel like a chore. Join my 21-day yoga life challenge starting on the 9th January. Link in bio beauties
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I’m an inclusive, not scary, totally normal yet heavily qualified yoga instructor and founder of YogaBellies® and the Birth ROCKS Method. I’m trained in self hypnosis and meditation and what I love is helping women (ALL women) enjoy yoga without having to whisper all the time and wear fancy activewear that cost a month’s rent.
I believe Yoga is for everyone.