The Difference Between Habit, Routine, and Ritual

habit habits mindful mindfulness ritual routine Apr 26, 2020

Did you know there was a difference?⁣
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Habits, routines, and rituals are often considered synonymous but they’re pretty dang different.⁣
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𝗛𝗔𝗕𝗜𝗧:⁣
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Requires little to no cognitive effort⁣
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You might find yourself doing it without even realizing it⁣
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Tied to some sort of situational cue and repetition of interpretation, action, and reward following it⁣
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Takes time to form (66 days on average, according to research, not 21)⁣
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Example 👉 driving to the store but ending up at the gym accidentally... 💔 #missyou⁣
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𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗘:⁣
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Conscious effort requires to initiate⁣
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Not quite an automatic behavior and is more variable⁣
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Habits can fall within your routines, but routines are not habits themselves⁣
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Example 👉 I water the plants every Sunday... not something I do without awareness that I’m doing it lol⁣
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𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗔𝗟:⁣
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Very mindful, intentional and has a specific purpose⁣
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Your actions have a specific meaning tied to them⁣
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Applying mindfulness TO a routine can make it more ritualized⁣
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Example 👉 mindful eating (you can likely see the benefits of this, opposed to eating out of habit or routine)⁣
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✏️ K now I wanna hear it! Lemme know in the comments...⁣
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• What habit are you working on incorporating into your routine?⁣
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• What’s your most cherished ritual? Or one you want to start?⁣
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PS if you don’t know where to start with habit formation, 𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 ⚒ Here.