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Make a Lifestyle Change in 2023

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Making it a Habit

Multiple studies have been done over many years about how long it takes to make a lifestyle change or form a new habit, positive or not. One study that seams to be the most credible is the one that includes all the variables. Let’s face it, wearing sunglasses when outside is much easier to implement than running five miles a day every morning at 5am. Therefore, rather than a blanket statement like; “it takes 21 days to form a habit”, it really depends on what habit you’re trying to implement.

How Long to Make a Lifestyle Change?

Case and point; July 16th, 2009, psychology researcher P. Lally published her findings (European Journal of Social Psychology) on how long habits actually take to form. Interestingly, she discovered three previously unknown facts about developing a habit. First, it depends on the difficulty of the new habit whether it is easily adopted or not. The easier the task the more likely it will stick. Second, the time it takes to form a habit varies among people as we all have physiological and psychological differences. On average though, new behaviors become automatic after a minimum of 66 days (not 21). Third, “building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process.” You can miss opportunities to perform a behavior that you’re trying to implement and still succeed, it just may take longer.

Stay on Track

This is significant information for anyone starting a new year’s resolution. Take courage! If you have been trying for a few weeks to make a positive change (Like protecting your eyes from the sun) and it still hasn’t formed a habit, remember, it takes much more than 21 days to make something habitual. So “embrace the long slow walk to greatness!” Remember that making a mistake or two is not a failure. A few slip ups have no measurable effect on long-term goals. Habits involve a process and are not an event, so, (like a train) stay on track and the destination is inevitable.

We All Have Things to Change

If you are like most people, you probably have many things you can change for the better. Many are aware of the health benefits of avoiding tobacco, but many are unaware that it endangers eye health. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.” If quitting is on your list of lifestyle changes, Clearview Optometry recommends doing it!

Clearview Optometry Can Help

What are some other lifestyle changes you can make to keep your eyes healthy? As mentioned already, protecting your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a good lifestyle change and a great fashion accessory at the same time. Don’t choose your shades based on fashion alone, rather be sure to buy ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Wear them all year round. UV radiation can be very intense when reflecting off water, ice, and snow. Speaking of glasses, always wear safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed for the activity you’re involved in to protect your eyes. Whether it’s sports or construction, either professionally or around the house, accidents happen. Clearview Optometry has a huge selection of brand name glasses at a wide range of price. There’s a pair here for everyone.

Don’t be a Negitive Statistic

Whether your eyes require correction or not, eye health is an important part of your overall health and wellness. Regular eye and vision exams may help prevent serious vision changes that can alter the course of your life. According to 1 in 4 Canadians who do not wear glasses have not had an eye exam in over 10 years, as almost half (46%) of Canadians who have vision benefits say they do not plan to use available coverage in 2022. People often take their vision for granted. Some eye issues can be corrected if caught early enough, so make this lifestyle change and get a comprehensive eye exam annually. Make an appointment today.