You’ve probably heard a common myth that it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Yes, it is a myth. This claim originated in the 1950’s out of research a plastic surgeon conducted where he found it took people about 21 days to become more accustomed to their new face. One magazine published this, and then another, and now 70 years later we’re still believing it. According to more recent research, it takes on average approximately 66 days to form a habit (Lally, van Jaarsveld, Potts, & Wardle, 2009).
Relating this to quarantine time, if this lifestyle lasts another 3 weeks, then we will cross that habit-forming threshold. Right now, most of us still can’t wait for the day when we can see our friends and family again and even go back to work. But give it some time and we might become a little too accustomed to our quarantine routines.
No matter how many ways I try to say it, it comes down to that phrase each and every day during this unprecedented time.
Words simply cannot express how grateful I am for everyone at Ontario Shores and how proud I am of the collective work that’s been done since the World Health Organization (WHO) called a global pandemic on March 11 as a result of the spread of COVID-19.
Whether you’re a front-line worker encroaching on burnout; a parent trying to juggle working from home and educating your kids; or you’ve been temporarily unemployed, we are all experiencing stressors from our current situation and could use a little self-care. But, there is still some misunderstandings around what is self-care versus self-indulgence.