If you're looking to establish fresh goals and healthy habits, our guide will help you get there.
When the calendar flips to September, I always think of it as a time for a fresh start. Maybe it's that nostalgic (gulp) back-to-school feeling or the start of a crisp, new season. Either way, autumn is the time to nosedive into new opportunities and establish some fresh goals and healthy habits.
Don't be disheartened if you're not nailing down those newly minted goals as quickly as you'd like. Contrary to the long-standing belief that it takes 21 days for a habit to stick, a study in The British Journal of General Practice suggests you need more than three times that amount; the study found that it takes 66 days to form a new habit.
Your 10-week healthy habit plan:
1. Choose a goal. (For example, eat a more plant-based diet.)
2. Decide what action will lead to that goal. (Every Sunday and Thursday, you'll buy fresh produce.)
3. Plan when and where you'll do it. (Twice a week, chop and store veggies.)
4. Do the action.
5. By the end of this 10-week period, you should find you're doing things automatically.
6. Your new habit should be formed.