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Change Your (Bad) Habit!

Do you have a habit you want to change? Is there something you do on a regular basis that you would like to stop? Most of us have a bad habit or two that we want to change, but we sometimes find it overwhelming and difficult to break these habits. One of the first steps to take is to understand why we do form these habits in the first place.

Understanding how we make these habits into routines is the key to conquering all kinds of bad habits. A habit is formed when we have a cue or trigger, that results in a behaviour or routine and ends with a reward, or feeling of happiness. Then a craving occurs if the reward  does not always arrive. Habits create neurological cravings in the brain and we need to learn which craving is driving the behaviour.

We can never truly get rid of bad habits, but what we can do is to keep the cue or trigger, and deliver the reward but change the routine. Insert a new routine in its place, that’s the theory. The very first step is awareness of your habit, and then you need to identify what triggers your habitual behaviours.  Some people find it hard to notice what triggers their behaviour, as they have been in the routine for so long.

There tends to be several different cues that usually contribute to every bad habit, and being aware of these cues can help us learn what is behind our behaviours.

  • Where are you?
  • What time of day or night is it?
  • How are you feeling?
  • Are you alone or with others?
  • Is there something that happens just before?

Next week we will look at why we create these habits, and what we can do to change them.

Check out more of my Monday Motivation Blogs HERE. I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?

About the Author:<Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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