Habits can feel hard to break but that’s only because they have become so automatic overtime, this does not mean you can’t change them. 40% of our day is made up from habit and hypnotherapy has been proven to be very effective with changing a habit, with more success if we change the existing bad habit for a healthier alternative.
How do we define a bad habit? It’s a behaviour that impacts your life to a point of compulsion, which is detrimental to your well being. Originally, a habit may have occurred as a coping mechanism, for example, a time of stress which may have been useful but now through repetition you have developed an “empty habit”. A common example of this is when people start smoking, they may start the habit to fit into a group, but as they get older, they realise the way of thinking is no longer needed, yet the habit remains.
You may view your habit as a part of your identity and that you have learned to associate it as being a fundamental part of your being. This can lead to thinking such as “I know this is bad but it’s my bad habit”. This type of thinking is why you feel so compelled to keeping it.
So what are some examples of bad habits?
- On the phone whilst driving
- Nail biting
- Telling lies
- Criticising yourself
- Any kind of addiction
- Skipping meals
- Being late
Some of these are also related to anxiety and depression, the list is endless.