Actions that are repeated over time gradually become habits, good or bad.
Passive habits are those that form from exposure to things we eventually get used to: less oxygen from high altitude, a sedentary lifestyle due to an office job, or eating processed food because you’re short on time and it’s easily available.
Active habits are those that develop by repeated intention and effort: exercising daily, eating wholesome and healthy foods, or positively managing stress.
The basal ganglia, structures found in the base of the brain that coordinate voluntary movement, work together with your frontal lobe to determine the best course of action for any situation based on your most common and effective responses. These set neural pathways are carved out over time, with consistent repetition, and accompanied physical cues that signal the coming of a certain habit.
What are some ways to re-frame negative habits and form more positive ones?
1. Find ways to lower your stress level – many negative habits develop as a response to stress
2. Become aware of your negative habits – especially since they are largely automatic, the first step is to identify these habits and their associated experiences so you can make mindful changes
3. Avoid cues that were associated with the development of negative habits – if these triggers or situations are avoided, the habit can weaken and eventually go dormant
4. Replace the old habit with a new one – planning ahead is key here! For example, if you have a late-night snacking habit that is aided by you leaving a bag of chips on the counter, replace that bag of chips with a bowl of fruit.
Habits are a driving force in each of our lives, and we need to be aware of the negative and positive influences.
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