Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Steve Coltman, iOwen Thomas, iByron Edgington, iJeff Ovall, iSheri Hoff, iJanet Caldwell, iFrank Whyte, i

  Home > Self-Help > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Barbara Mitchell

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· 41 Titles
· 5 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jun, 2009

Barbara Mitchell, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
The Canon of Grand Triad (Tai Xuan Jing)
by Alexander Goldstein

This is a new translation of Yang Xiong's oracle composed at the turn of millenniums for diviners in practice rather than idle intellectuals. Relying on the earliest comm..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Books by Barbara Mitchell

More Than Willpower: How to Break an Unhealthy Habit
by Barbara Mitchell   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, October 04, 2012
Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2012

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Barbara Mitchell

What Do Mothers Really Want?
Why Celebrate Women's History Month?
Young Love Can Last Forever
Ten Ways to Get Your Groove Back After the Holidays
How to Say No Without Making Enemies
Accentuate the Positive for This Beauty Secret
A 5 Minute Morning Meditation to Lift Your Spirit Put a Smile on Your Face
           >> View all

Why do I keep doing this to myself? Whether it's overeating, not exercising, smoking too much or biting your nails. You know it's not healthy. But all your efforts to break the habit by sheer will have left you stressed and exhausted.


More than Willpower: How to Break an Unhealthy Habit
“…Understand your actions, for they become habits.   Study your habits, for they become your character. ..” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Why do I keep doing this to myself? Whether it’s overeating, not exercising, smoking too much or biting your nails. You know it’s not healthy.   But all your efforts to break the habit by sheer will have left you stressed and exhausted. And eventually they failed. 
Here’s why.   Habits form on a subconscious level. Often as a learned response to stress. The habit supports, calms and sooths you. The reward is a chemical release of dopamine – the natural high runners often talk about. Repeating the behavior delivers the same pleasurable reward. The brain reverts to the learned response making it automatic.
Willpower may interrupt this automatic response temporarily. But to make a lasting change you must create a new healthy habit to take the place of the old ingrained habit. To be successful it is essential you know the answers to the following:   
Why Change the Habit
Know your motivation to change. You have to have a compelling “why”. Ask yourself, “Why make the change now?  What gives me the determination to change?  What will I gain? What will happen if I don’t change?”
What Triggers the Habit
Understand your pattern:   What triggers the habits i.e., where are you, who are you with and what are you doing? What is pleasant and unpleasant about the habit?   What’s in it for you besides the feel good ‘rush”?
How to Link the New Habit to a Reward
What healthy habit can you create to replace the unhealthy habit and get similar rewards, satisfaction? You must enjoy the change as something that brings joy in your life. Give yourself small rewards often to link pleasure to your new behavior.  Because if it doesn’t feel good permanent change won’t happen.  
When Will the New Habit Stick
Studies show it takes from 21- 28 days to make new pathways in the brain for a new habit to become ingrained . To make it “stick” the new habit needs practice, consistency, focus and repetition for it to become automatic.
The only thing left for you to do is mark your calendar for day 1 :
-          Post your motivation and rewards list everywhere for continued incentive.
-          Get support from family, friends, role models for positive reinforcement if you need it.
-          Avoid temptation- the old triggers - until you are strong enough.
-          Give yourself small rewards often. Factor in a long term reward to celebrate your success.
Finally, to ensure long term results visualize the new you repelling the unhealthy habit and replacing it with the healthy habit.   Several times a day. Be consistent. Every day for the next 28 days.
Your comment: What if anything did you do to overcome an unhealthy habit? What worked?

Web Site:

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Popular Self-Help Articles
  1. Lucy Can Empower Freelancers
  2. Marlene Dietrich Teaches Ruth Gordon
  3. 9 Hints for Coping with Change
  4. Nine Steps To Success... And More
  5. WHY...A FLY?
  7. Add Value, Become Rich!
  8. Do YOU Have The Power?
  9. WE CRY
  10. Poor Mind Poor Man

Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles) by James Becher

16 Biblically Based principles for successful living with quotable quotes...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Unleash Your Inner Strength! FREE! by Deanna Jewel

Learn how to gain control over your daily thoughts to create the life you desire. Harness the energy around you and accept the gifts that come your way! Our mind is a powe..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.