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Leave your old habits behind when you move house

Posted on May 10, 2022 by Peter Donaldson
Leave your old habits behind when you move house

A fresh start is obviously on the cards when you are moving home.  However, there is evidence to suggest that moving house can really be the catalyst of change in your life, right down to some of your most stubborn habits.  We all know the resignation not keeping up our new year’s resolutions or meeting our own targets.  Settling back on the sofa for another episode of Netflix rather than stepping up in your own schedule.    Did you tell yourself you’d only have four glasses of wine a week? Or perhaps you swore blind you’d finish writing that novel, converting that loft space or reducing your energy consumption. Help is at hand. Research published earlier this year indicates that ingrained habits are easier to break during the first three months after moving house. The clean-slate effect of moving gives you a unique window of opportunity for change. Researchers at the University of Bath found that habits are reinforced when the things around us stay the same. Conversely, when they change, our habit-breaking efforts get emboldened and are more likely to succeed. It’s called the ‘discontinuity effect’.

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