We recently launched our Feel-Good Habits Challenge Card - AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE
This card is a positive wellbeing activity that has 21 days of mindful prompts to encourages you to focus on a simple feel-good action, aimed at helping you to improve your mindset and sense of wellbeing and to help you build new habits during 2021!
Why 21 Days?
You may be thinking why only 21 days of mindful prompts and not a month?
If you repeat a behaviour every day for 21 days, then you would have established a new habit. For any action to become a habit, we need to do it repeatedly for our brains to learn that this is a positive thing worth keeping up. But where does the magic figure of 21 come from?
There is a myth that has lingered since the 1960s that it takes 21 days to change a habit or to adopt a new one. It originated with the plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz, who wrote a best-selling book in 1960 called Psycho-Cybernetics in which he noted that it commonly took a minimum 21 days for a patient to become accustomed to their new face in the mirror or for an amputee to get used to no longer having their limb.
His theory was interpreted by pop-psychologists and self-help authors, and they adopted the 21-day challenge and used it to motivate people into making change. After all, it makes the idea of a lifestyle change much more achievable if you believe it can be done by committing for three weeks!
Making a new habit is not easy. Our brains are hardwired to take shortcuts and to do what comes naturally to us, so while you are telling yourself you want to create new habits, your brain is busy working out how it can revert to your old ways.
But with each repetition, the habit gets a little stronger, and in order to stay consistent you need to pick a starting point that you know you can stick to, regardless if you have a stressful week, or just don't feel like it.
It's more apparent than ever that we all need to do whatever we can to help take care of our mental wellbeing. This last year has been difficult, and the drain of a prolonged crisis will be long-lasting. Our new routines of working from home, the juggle of homeschooling and the added stress of uncertainty month by month means that often our own wellbein and self care moves down in priority.
We hope that our Feel-Good Habits Card helps you to reset that balance. It's amazing what you can achieve by taking time out of your busy day for 21 days to form new long term habits for your mental health.