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Habits are routines of behaviour that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously (without even being consciously aware of them). They are usually carried out repeatedly with little thought or effort and can influence the way we feel about ourselves and relate to others.
Getting up in the morning, driving a car, using a knife and fork, typing on your computer keyboard and even much of what we call introductory conversation. “Hello” and “How do you do?” are all habitual responses. These types of routine behaviour can serve us well when carrying out mundane chores in our everyday life but serve us less well when we develop bad habits that are detrimental to our health or well-being.
Here at the Wisdom Room, we use a combination of Integrated Hypnotherapy, NLP and the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Psychotherapy to help you overcome your habits and regain your freedom.
What the subconscious has dutifully leant over time by repetition and association often doesn’t respond immediately to a conscious decision to stop. The subconscious learns well and is programmed to remember our instructions but it can’t really differentiate between a good or a bad habit. There is a common suggestion that if you repeat behaviour for 21 days, it tends to become a habit. This is useful to know if you want to either develop or break a habit, as it gives you a fairly short time frame in which you can see results.
Habitual behaviour can be instigated by the repeated process of behaving in a certain way in certain situations. These behaviours can be triggered by external cues or triggers. Such as craving a cigarette when you are in a pub and then meeting particular associates there who encourage you to drink more. However, habitual behaviours can also be triggered by internal thoughts, feelings or physiological processes such as feelings of annoyance triggering the desire to smoke a cigarette or feelings of anxiety causing you to bite your finger nails or drink excessively.
Habits like smoking, nail biting and teeth grinding are generally considered ‘bad habits’ because we have fallen into behaviour patterns which don’t serve us positively. When a habit makes us feel uncomfortable, lacking in control or has the potential to cause negative consequences it is no longer helpful or beneficial for the individual who may decide then to consciously change the behaviour.
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