As we reach the eighth month of 2021 we should take a few minutes to re-assess if there have been any new habits we have developed over the recent past. Pandemics have been known to cause much change within our work and home environments but more importantly within ourselves. Have you taken the time to check if you developed any new habit? (be it negative or positive) during the Pandemic?
It is an established fact that it takes approximately 90 days to form a new habit. 90% of what we do in our lives is down to habit.
Take for example, weight gain which has often been referred to in the past year. We have excused the Covid stone which piled on with many of us. We made the excuse of situational eating, people working from home, even from their kitchen table. Making cups of tea or coffee and taking a snack to go with it. Food frequency has also been a term cited as a major reason emanating from the same working from home scenario. We can always make excuses for ourselves and for developing certain habits. However, the sooner we view our habit as an excuse for certain behaviors, the sooner we will be able to take the necessary actions to deal with the situation and work on developing a plan to counteract the negative habit formed.
In order to deal with a negative habit we must firstly view and acknowledge this habit. Once we do this, we can decide on the changes necessary and take positive action steps towards reclaiming our positive habits.
On the positive habits however, some of our anxieties of the recent past have been channeled into a greater realization of the nature that surrounds us. Also, increased exercise and a consciousness of the moment and the great positives in our lives have been some of the positive habits widely formed.