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The Stealthy Creation of Bad Habits and the Elusive Quest for Good Ones

Why does it take so much effort to make a good habit, but it’s so easy to make a bad one?

Bad habits are formed out of convenience, when we’re focused on something entirely different and our bodies unconsciously accommodate us. 

Your mind is elsewhere as the not amazing habit is being formed – how it’s forming, why it’s happening, how long the change is occurring over time – all these things are not being catalogued by your conscious mind. 

Forming a good habit, however, feels like it takes a lot more work, because you’re actually paying attention to it. You’re working for it, or at the very least, acutely aware of why you want it. 

It’s like watching paint dry. 

If you just leave the room and watch a movie, time will pass quickly. 

But if you have to sit and consciously wait to put on that second coat, you will be acute aware of the process and time it took. 

So it’s not really that bad habits form ‘easier’ then good habits – in a way – it’s that on one hand, it’s just a result of something else we’re distracted with, and on the other hand, you are doing something with a conscious result in mind. 

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen resonate with, and work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence.

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