Experts say it takes 21 days of doing something new for it to become a habit. It definitely takes repeated effort. When we try something new our brain resists because it’s not used to the new way of doing things. It goes against the neuron rut that your brain has created. Our brains normally take the path of least resistance in life and whatever rut your brain has created is what you do without thinking. It’s your default programming so to speak (from http://blisshealthcoaching.com/32-healthy-habits-change-life/).
Through this 21-Day Challenge, the key is just to become aware of patterns. Without judgment, without criticism just beginning to notice how you might handle stress, loneliness, boredom, anger, sadness, and worry. One of the things that is essential in understanding our relationship to ourselves is understanding how we cope and deal with the outside world.
This isn't something that is focused on necessarily. When we are young we might hold things in that make us feel sad or upset, or we might cry and get angry. As adults, we might go home and have a couple glasses of wine to wind down and relax. There is nothing wrong with this, but at the same time, we have to look at the intentions behind why we do what we do.
Why do we eat what we eat? Why do we come home and feel the need to continue working? Are we really busy? Are we avoiding? What is our relationship to approval? What is our relationship to our own value? These are things we will explore for the next few weeks.
The way we nourish ourselves is a by-product of how we feel, with that we can get into healthy habits or a vicious cycle.
The first thing we are going to begin doing: In the morning, right when you wake up, write down five things you are grateful for.