Whether you like to admit it or not, we all have habits that we're not 100% proud of.
Some habits can even be detrimental to our growth.
But quitting these bad habits is always easier said than done.
Why is that?
Here's a passage I found on this topic:
"The brain releases dopamine when the reward pathway is activated, and because dopamine release feels very good, the brain and body start seeking more pleasure, more reward and more dopamine. ... As your mind continues to follow that neural pathway, your negative habit pattern becomes ingrained and difficult to break"
Many scientists or doctors you ask will tell you that this is due to the 3 Rs.
- Reminder - also known as the trigger, is what happens leading up to you doing the bad habit. For example, feeling anxious.
- Routine - this is the action (response) to the trigger. If the trigger is anxiousness, then the behaviour may be biting your nails. The more you do it, the deeper it's instilled in your brain.
- Reward - From the passage above, we know that the brain will release dopamine in response to the behaviour (nail-biting) because it is enjoyment or relief to the anxious feeling.
Ever since I was a kid, I've had bad habits - the worst one being sucking my thumb.
This is one I am not proud to say because for many years, I carried on with this habit and it took me a lot of willpower and effort to finally break it.
Today, I have a few other bad habits that drain my time and leave me with fewer hours or less focus than I would like.
These habits are all routed in stress or anxiety.
The biggest one being waking up later than I should whilst the others are nail-biting or (since I have a massive afro) playing with my hair.
Willpower and discipline can only take you so far when it comes to breaking bad habits
"There has to be an easier way to break bad habits, right?"
The simple answer is - yes.
Today, we're going to be talking about action steps you can start taking today in order to break those habits.
These are all things I've done that helped me break some of my bad habits such as gaming or watching Netflix and YouTube all day.
Do you want to break it?
One day, she asked her dad for advice on breaking these bad habits.
I started to notice that I raged a lot and was super unhappy even when I did something that I thought I liked.
Why do you want to break the habit?
Identify your trigger
- Where does the habit happen?
- When does the habit happen?
- What is the event leading up to the habit?
- What sort of feeling do you have before and after the habit?
Set clear goals
Visualise breaking it
Replace it with another habit
Reward yourself for success
Till next time,