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How To Break Unhealthy Habits & Develop Healthier Ones ?
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
This insightful quote by Gandhi beautifully encapsulates the profound connection between our beliefs and our destinies. At its core, it highlights the intricate web of human behavior and the crucial role that habits play in shaping our lives.
Ever find yourself reaching for a snack as soon as you sit down to watch TV? That’s the work of a habit – a powerful force that guides our actions without us even realizing it.
Habits, whether simple or complex, have a big impact on our lives. There are two main ways to change them: by doing something repeatedly or by using a sort of ‘hypnotic’ state. These habits cover everything from how we tie our shoes to the food we choose to eat. They all start with a trigger, which is like a signal that sets the habit in motion. Then comes the routine, which is something we do almost automatically, without thinking. Finally, there’s a reward, a little dose of good feelings that encourages us to do it all over again.
Each time we do this, it becomes a stronger habit. Our brains like to save energy, so they create shortcuts to help us do things without having to think about them. These shortcuts become habits, things we do without even realizing it. That’s why breaking a habit can be hard; it’s like trying to swim against a strong current. It’s not just about having strong willpower; it’s like changing the well-worn paths in our brains. To understand and change our habits, we need to see how our behavior is connected to our minds. Knowing how habits form can help us change them.
You can also use a sort of ‘hypnotic’ state to reach your subconscious mind, give yourself suggestions, and trade out old bad habits for new ones. Changing a bad habit isn’t impossible; it’s just challenging and takes time. The good news is you can also create good habits. The time it takes to form a habit can vary, depending on the person and the habit. While some habits might take a few weeks to stick, studies suggest that building positive habits could take a few months.
If you intend to modify habits, here are several steps to begin the process:
1. Clearly define the habit you want to change.
Specify the behavior you aim to modify, such as quitting smoking or waking up earlier. Clarity helps maintain focus and track progress.
2. Identify and tackle triggers.
Triggers are the prompts for certain behaviors, often tied to stress, boredom, or times of day. Understanding and managing these triggers help you address your habits effectively. For instance, if you snack when stressed or browse social media when bored, change your surroundings to minimize these triggers.
3. Seek support.
Change is tough, but you don’t have to do it alone. Share your habit change goals with your close circle. Their awareness can motivate them to provide the support you need.
4. Stay patient and persistent.
Changing habits isn’t instant; it’s a journey that requires dedication. Understand that setbacks are natural but remember, your patience and persistence lead to lasting change. Celebrate each small step forward for motivation and progress reinforcement.
5. Replace and renew your habits.
Substitute old habits with healthier ones. Swap undesirable behaviors with positive alternatives, such as drinking water or taking a walk. Consistency is key. Dedicate yourself to the new habit and strengthen it over time.
6. Seek professional guidance when needed.
For complex habit changes tied to deep-seated behaviors or underlying issues like addiction or mental health, consulting a counselor, therapist, or coach. is a wise step.
By comprehending the principles governing our daily habits, we can open doors to positive transformations and shape a life aligned with our goals and aspirations.
In pursuit of healthier habits and a brighter tomorrow,
CEO, Euphoria Empire