Break a stress habit and live a healthier life > We are creatures of habit. They dictate nearly half of all our activities as the unconscious mind takes over and embeds routines into our thought patterns.
A habitual action is triggered by associations and cues. So maybe you always plug in the kettle when you get back from shopping, or check your cat is in before you leave the house.
No harm in any of that. Indeed we teach our kids positive habits like not eating after they have cleaned their teeth, or doing their homework as soon as they get back from school. Habits help us as they ensure efficient functioning and bring order and stability to our otherwise chaotic lives.
How to change a habit
But how do you change a habit or learn a new one. For example, maybe you have a demanding career which means you always get home late. Feeling exhausted and stressed you automatically pour yourself a large glass of wine as a reward, slump in front of the TV and doze. Then comes the 2nd glass of wine …
It is the same five nights a week and the dangers are obvious. Maybe a change of lifestyle should be considered, such as finishing work early some days to go to the gym or a meal out with colleagues.
What is your work hard reward?
No-one is pretending that such habit changes are easy. That is where a few hypnotherapy sessions work wonders in helping you secure your goals.
There are also DIY actions you can take which will improve your chances of success >
- Ensure your conscious and unconscious minds are both 100% committed to the enterprise.
- Identify more healthy specific rewards for specific achievements.
Most important of all remember that habit-breaking means more than just having strong will power. So do seek therapists who can help (Find a CNHC registered one in your area).
And finally, remember …. ‘positivity is like a muscle – keep exercising it and it becomes a habit‘.