Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Don't give up on your wellbeing

We've reached the third week of January and by now have had weeks to work on our New Year's resolutions, so why are we starting to lose momentum?

Well according to research evidence, we are most likely to have a New Year's resolution wobble during the third week of January. Our enthusiasm can keep us going until now, but then the hard work of keeping going kicks in.

According to researcher Phillipa Lally and her colleagues, the average number of days it takes us to form a new habit is 66 days (European Journal of Social Psychology, 2009). That means, if we're really serious about what we want to achieve, we need to persevere.

After about 66 days, the behaviour should have become automatic, which means we shouldn't have to try and remember to do it any more and that makes life a lot easier. That's because the pathways in the brain actually change when we keep doing the same behaviour over and over again.

If your New Year's resolution was to reduce your stress, improve your wellbeing or learn a new skill, our wellbeing programme may be able to help. We have a wide range of courses, workshops, tasters and webinars taking place at locations throughout Scotland.

With their focus on wellbeing-related issues, they may be the boost you need to make a difference to yourself and those around you for 2015 and beyond.

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