Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
Bad habits. We all have them. Some are detrimental to our health, others are just annoying to ourselves or those around us. Some involve the act of physically “doing” something automatically, such as smoking, overeating, or biting nails; others are expressed mentally, such as worrying, procrastinating or just plain laziness.
There is no one right method to forming a new habit, or changing an old one, it is all about trial and error. A method that works for one habit, may not work for another one, or even for the same person. Sometimes it’s a combination of methods that work best.
Although, when it comes to reversing bad habits there are three things that must happen, regardless of method, to ensure success.
The Triple A’s of Body and Mind
- Awareness: Recognizing the need for changing a habit in your life.
- Action: Taking a proactive approach to reversing the habit.
- Accountability: Putting checkpoints in place to keep you on track.
The mind/body connection has been a tenet in Eastern medicine for thousands of years, now Western Medicine is beginning to recognize this link also. This connection can enable more people to reverse habits that are wreaking havoc their lives.
When 20-year-old Sally got sunburned again for the third time on spring break, she promised herself that she would put a stop to it by addressing it as a habit! But how? she asked herself. In the past, as soon as she got back to her daily routine, she’d forget about it. She knew she had to start the habit of applying sunscreen because her father and uncle had died of melanoma.
Do you find yourself turning down help from a volunteer, a family member, or a friend? I’m not referring to hiring someone to work in your home or office. I’m talking about being quick to say, “No thank you, I appreciate your offer, but I’m fine,” only to find yourself wishing you had considered the person’s help. (read more…)
Do you bite your fingernails? Nail biting is one of many compulsive habits that may be plaguing you. Nail biting, also known as onychophagy, is an oral compulsive habit. You may have your own reasons for biting your nails and you may understand your triggers that cause you to bite your nails or you may have no idea why you do it and you may have been doing it for as long as you can remember. If at all possible, it will help you tremendously to identify why you do it.