What Is A Habit?
A habit is an acquired behaviour and is any action that we have performed so often that it becomes almost an involuntary response. This habitual behaviour is generally unnoticed in the person exhibiting it since it becomes subconsciously performed and often compulsory. It is not something that is easy to admit, but most of us have at least one bad habit. Our lives are habitual. What you did yesterday you will most likely do today and do again tomorrow.
It is estimated that out of every 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40. That’s a lot of involuntary activities going on. This can be a good thing, as it makes much of our daily routine somewhat effortless. Imagine having to focus intently on every little thing you did, like washing dishes or taking out the garbage. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?
Some Habits Are Described as Good Habits And Others As Bad Habits
A habit that we (or others) consider undesirable is given the ‘bad’ label. Bad habits like smoking have countless hours and dollars spent each year in the attempt to break them, but what is no more than a habit to one person may be an irritation to another who happens to be in close proximity.
Habits can negatively affect people’s lives considerably.
While we do other kinds of mistakes occasionally, a bad habit is something we do consistently over and over. If even one mistake can drag your life down, you can imagine what kind of damage a bad habit can do. To make matters worse, often we don’t realise that we have a bad habit. We think that we just live our life as usual while we are actually making mistakes over and over again.
What Bad Habits Do You Have?
Many people find it difficult to make changes on their own. How many times have you tried to adopt an exercise program, quit smoking, lose weight, say NO to junk food even though you know that it’s not the healthiest meal to be eating? Breaking free from long standing habits though can improve your Quality of Life. Inquire Now and see how Counselling and | or Hypnotherapy Can Help You Take Back Control and Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Counselling or Hypnotherapy – Which is Better?
The popularity of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in recent years to help people quit smoking, quit drinking and lose weight has increased dramatically probably thanks to the internet and media for the ease of getting the message out to the public of so many success stories. Counselling still plays a vital role though as a therapist needs to first undertake an assessment of how the habit (or in some cases addiction) is being maintained; quitting an undesirable habit |addiction is one thing, preventing relapse is just as important. Such things as stress, anxiety, confidence, self esteem, loneliness, boredom, etc. can be related to a habit.
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Many habits can be visually displeasing to some and also be intensely annoying because of the sounds the ‘offender’ is making, for example:
- Nail biting
- Knuckle cracking
- Finger tapping
- Drink guzzling
Other habits that some people find annoying are:
- Swearing | Foul language | Shouting
- Constantly apologising
- Nose picking
Hair pulling is known as trichotillomania and can lead to bald patches on the scalp or eyebrows, or missing eye lashes, this condition can be mild to severe; a person’s self esteem and confidence can also be affected.