September 2019: Building a Habit

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Why build a habit?
The long term effects from mindfulness studies, like building attention, reducing stress, aren’t about doing it once. These effects come from building a routine. Like working out a muscle, you have the build the neural pathways— rewire you brain from old to new patterns.
How long will it take?
The short answer: there’s no magic number. Some articles will tell you 21 days, some say a month, some say 66. Maybe these numbers resonate with you, or will help you to set goals, but if they don’t, don’t worry.
Focus on building new habits into routines you already have, and look for ways to take small, simple steps. While building a new habit is about making new patterns, it is also about being aware of, and working with old patterns. If you try to make changes that are too drastic or lofty, you are more likely to experience setbacks, and fall back into old habits than if you give yourself an achievable goal.
Mindful Tip:
Be conscientious of “shoulds”— are you building a habit because you want to or you feel like you should / someone tells you that you should? It’s not going to stick if it’s not something you really want. Instead of focusing in on what you should do, try thinking about your motivation to do it/ If you find yourself saying “I should...” try instead “I want to because…/ this is important to me because....”

Articles

How to Change a Habit for Good, Mindful Magazine
How mindfulness and a rewarding routine can help us develop good habits that last. 

This article gives four steps to changing a habit for good.

Small, incremental changes: how to keep your New Year’s resolution, Headspace

"Despite making the choice to change and having the best intentions, the resolve wanes, our commitment slips, and our stick-to-itiveness fades" .

This article gives some small, incremental changes that you can make in order to stick with new routines or habits.

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