Everyone Has Habits They Would Benefit From Breaking Maybe That Someone Is You?
Habits can be like giants to most of us, hard to overcome. Many have started regimes in their Quest to get somewhere with this problem that seem to have more relevance Today more than any time in history it seems. Because these days, so much is expected of us….on the work scene….on the social scene….eyes are towards how we perform, as it were. We live in a day where self-acceptance is important – how one feels about oneself. If we’ve mastered this, we can handle some critique that comes our way….be it not meeting someone’s Personal standards or expectations, by glance or comments or reports. We need to be happy with the one we live with (that’s us) to function at our best and relate well with those around us, at home and when we go out. When we’re happy with ourselves we can face the day so much better. We really can.
IT IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO FOCUS ON WHO YOU ARE BECOMING THAN WHO YOU DON'T WANT TO BE
Some of the stress we face these days has to do with an underlying dislike for ourselves as much as a disliking for anyone else. You know what they say about our own worst enemy? That’s so TRUE…. especially when it comes to the habits we often develop. They are as a result of choice, most times. We made a decision, whether we were particularly conscious of it or not.
There are two things to remember in our Quest for Breaking Habits; It was decisions that got us into them and it is decisions that will get us out of them. It was repetition that caused them to gain power and it is repetition that will weaken that power. Let me explain what I mean. Once we choose to do something, it is the repetition of doing that which made it gain strength – it was a gradual process, over time, not instant, so to speak. So once we choose not to do something, it is repetition of not doing it, over time, that will bring results.
Neuroscientists agree that it takes 21 days for our brain to break the cycle of a habit – especially if It is deeply entrenched, it may take a few more weeks. We should see a difference by 3 weeks most times.
The longer we stay at it, the easier it gets.
If it’s drugs or alcohol, please seek professional help to dry out and don’t settle for methadone – that some medical clinics recommend – because it is a poor substitute with nasty consequences – very additive! There are a few Herbs and Nutrients that can help you have a happier disposition and some small lifestyle techniques.
THERE IS A SECRET I KNOW THAT HELPS US TO LOOSE HABITS EASIER THAN JUST REFRAINING FROM THEM…..AND THAT’S THE DISPLACEMENT PRINCIPLE….WHERE YOU REPLACE A NOT SO GOOD HABIT WITH A GOOD HABIT; AN UNHEALTHY ONE WITH A HEALTHY ONE.
Did You Hear About The Sand Castle?
It is not so much what you try not to do but what you do in it’s place that works and makes you Free. Water in the MOAT of a Sandcastle can go round in the same direction, but if you make a new channel, the water will flow in a NEW direction. A fantastic young preacher gave this illustration some years ago in a short course called Creative Living and I think it deserves mentioning. Many have found it to be beneficial.
Someone-Else Said To Me Once
“Spend so many minutes tidying up papers or clothes whatever each day with a goal to achieve results by the end of a day or a week – no matter how small” – see yourself laugh at the end of it!
Something I Discovered Once
If you leave whatever you’re at, take a timer with you into another room and set yourself to a tidy-up session with some music on that you enjoy__ you may find yourself putting the timer on in relays like I did. “ENCORE, ENCORE….!” Oh that satisfaction afterwards. If one round is enough for you 15-20 mins or 40-50 mins…..that’s OK….have another round the next day….and DO ENJOY! You will feel so much Better.
I just found this really great content on the Net to add to this Post for you!
How To Break Bad Habits To Feel Healthier & More Confident
By Kayla Itsines 2015
Here are my best tips for breaking bad habits that can get in the way of achieving your goals:
Know What Triggers Unhealthy Behaviour
Understanding how the bad habit arose in the first place puts you in a much stronger position to change it. For most people, being stressed makes us more vulnerable to giving in to bad habits.
For example, bad habits like binge eating often arise when you are under stress or feeling emotional. The sugar rush triggers the brain's reward system, giving you an instant euphoric feeling. Understanding your triggers can help you tackle the habit right at the source by changing your environment or proactively avoiding the situation.
If there’s a bad habit that you’re struggling with, chances are there are other people with exactly the same problem. By pairing up with a friend you can encourage and motivate each other.
When you surround yourself with people who share your goals and the lifestyle you want to live, it’s much easier to make positive changes.
Learning to eat mindfully is another way that you can introduce mindfulness into your daily life.
Try Mindfulness And Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools that can help reduce stress and improve your outlook on life. Stress is one of the most common triggers of unhealthy habits, so any way you can reduce it will help! You can create your own meditation space at home, and just 10 minutes a day can make a difference to your state of mind and may even help to clear your mind for better sleep.
Learning to eat mindfully is another way that you can introduce mindfulness into your daily life.
Change Your Self-Talk
I often hear women say “If only I looked like her, I would be happy”. While it’s easy to compare yourself to others, you have to accept that you will never look like anyone but yourself, and you will never have anything that you don’t work for.
When you put all your energy into wanting things you can’t control to be different, you can miss the good things that are happening right in the present moment. The first step to changing bad habits is to accept yourself just as you are right now and work to build a strong and positive mindset.
You are only ever going to be YOU — so, be the best version of yourself and keep working towards your goals. Focus on your life, your body, changing your mindset and setting goals that you can achieve. Look after yourself and be proud of who you are.
Switch A Bad Habit For A Better One
Substituting a bad habit for a healthier one can be easier than simply trying to stop the bad habit. This strategy works particularly well for food-related habits. For example, you might switch the soda or energy drink you have at 11 am every day for something that’s better for you like kombucha. If eating junk food is one of your unhealthy habits, these simple tips to stop eating junk food can help.
Another smart habit switch is to go for a short walk when you feel stressed and tired, instead of sitting down with Netflix and a bowl of chips. A walk can improve your mood and gives you space to think and acknowledge how you feel before you take action.
If you don’t exercise, start with a low-intensity exercise you can enjoy. Even a 10-minute walk during your lunch break can help to boost your mood, and when you are in a better mood you are less likely to engage in unhealthy habits.
Be Kind To Yourself As You Start To Change Bad Habits
One way to help a new healthy habit stick is to plan ahead! For example, if you’re trying to eat healthier foods, making a grocery list can help you to overcome the psychology behind supermarket layouts and resist the urge to buy that chocolate bar you aren’t really hungry for.
Remember to be kind to yourself — if you fall into the bad habit again, you don’t have to wait until Monday to get back on track!
The more times you repeat a healthy habit, the easier it will be to make it part of your regular routine.
I was looking forward to completing this Page for you. You don’t need information overload. What you need is a few simple principles and run with that. Do we really need all the information we seek out? Maybe we are failing to put into practice some things that meant something to us and in order to get more information (by an author or speaker) we lose track of what we already found – we could run with. If we put those things into practice, we would not forget them so quickly.
Knowledge we put into practice becomes true knowledge - we could be well on the way to our own story if we did not have such a restless appetite for "more information". My advice to you is don’t wait until you fully grasp something before you do it – it’s when you actually try that principle you found that you start to grasp it. And don’t try to take in too much at once, you are sure to be overwhelmed. Keep things simple – that’s the best way!
I wrote an article on procrastination some years ago I added to this Blog recently. You know, that Habits and Putting things Off are common problems for 90% of us. You may like to read the following article.
Winning Against Procrastination HERE
LIFE BEGINS TODAY
SELF-IMPROVEMENTS ARE A GOOD THING AND NOT EVERYONE NEEDS A COACH – THERE ARE SO MANY RESOURCES AVAILABLE THESE DAYS. MAKE SURE THEY ARE BALANCED, THERE’S SO MUCH RELIGIOUS AND NEW AGE MATERIAL OUT THERE. I DO SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS UNTAINTED. MUCH OF MY SUCCESS WITH WEBSITES IS DUE TO CERTAIN GIFTINGS AND A DESIRE TO MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL (Inspirational Sites) OR BENEFICIAL (Health Sites). JESUS WITHOUT COMPLICATIONS CAN ONLY MAKE YOU SANE BUT GOD/JESUS WITH RELIGION OR NEW AGE CAN MAKE THE BEST OF PEOPLE MIXED UP.
Think I will make a second Post on this important topic some time soon. All the best to you, thanks for reading.