I’ve been immersed in health and wellbeing for over 20 years after overcoming my own struggles with sugar and processed foods. Lucky for you I am ridiculously passionate about helping you do the same! As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Wellness Coach I’m here to teach you the real reasons why you feel so controlled and compelled to have sugar, so you can finally quit or cut back for good!
Oh habits, how we love (and hate) you! There are our good habits such as brushing your teeth at night, and then of course there are our unhealthy and destructive habits; whether it’s smoking, over indulging in alcohol at the weekends, having an addiction to sugar or even the after-dinner munchies. But where do habits come from? How do you get rid of bad habits? And why do we even have habits in the first place? As a Hypnotherapist I look at habits through the lens of your subconscious mind, and how we create these internal ‘programs’.
And habits all come down to one main thing….
Your mind is super clever, and is always looking for short cuts. Can you imagine how much time and energy it would take to consciously drive your car or even just brush your teeth in the morning? Every single one of your actions would be conscious and deliberate…. and it would take aaaaaageeeesss! So of course we don’t do this, we switch on to auto-pilot.
This is how the human mind works, it looks to create automated ‘programs’ that we don’t need to consciously think about. And these programs are your habits. The benefit of having habits is simple. Habits free up your brain to do other important stuff. You’re evolutionary wired this way for survival.
A habit is quite simply a default program for something.
How to get rid of bad habits? You there need to rewire your mind to run a new program, one that is going to be more helpful to you. There are a few great ways to do this, but I’m going to focus on my top three techniques.
Do you sit in the same seat each night for dinner? Do you have a set task you do before you go for that cigarette? Do you drive home the same way every night after work? Our aim is to make your subconscious mind go ‘hang on a minute, this is different from yesterday!’.
We want to put a glitch in the system. By changing your routine, it signals to your mind that something is different. Sitting in a different chair having dinner may sound simple (and it is!), but suddenly we’re creating a new program.
This may sound a bit strange, but every action on some level has a positive intention. If this makes no sense, you’ll have to trust me on this until you read this next part.
Let me ask you, what is the positive intention behind your bad habit? If it’s eating chocolate or drinking wine as soon as you come through the door, then what are these doing for you? Could they be helping you to relax, taking your mind off work or giving you comfort? Think about the intention and then ask yourself what else could do to satisfy the same need? How else could you give yourself comfort? How else can you manage your stress?
We can consciously create new habits by understanding how habits are formed.
Habits are formed in 3 steps:
Examples of rewards include feeling energised from a gym session, or they could be more tangible such as buying yourself a new glass water bottle to drink from, or saving up for a weekend away.
Over time these new choices become part of your routine and you don’t give them a second thought!
I wonder what habit you’re on a mission to break, and which of the above tricks you’re going to try first?
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