Habits are difficult to avoid forming – routine is just human nature at work! We wake up at a specific time in order to get where we need to be on time. We eat foods that are convenient and easy to prepare. We brush our teeth, take a shower, and get dressed. Routine.
All of these tasks are motions we go through each and every day. Daily habits are very hard to break because they require so little thought that they are practically automatic. In fact, we spend half our lives in zombie like automation.
In addition, our habits usually provide some reward or positive result—these potato chips ease your hunger, smoking a cigarette cures your nerves, an extra hour of sleep feels nice and relaxing. Your body knows what it is used to and what it needs: routine is just following this, habitually.
Sometimes these habits are a good thing, but at times they can become detrimental to our health and are tough to kick. However, with some focus and motivation it is possible to abolish habits that do not serve you and replace them with habits that will help you to develop into your best self.
It takes about 66 days to develop a habit of any kind. At first the action is done because it provides some pleasure and satisfaction. Because of this positive feeling, you begin to partake in the activity more frequently.
After some time this becomes a habit that you perform regularly. Eventually the action becomes something you feel you cannot live without, and this is when it becomes an addiction.
It is important that people with habitual and addictive tendencies or natures are aware of these habits and have access to tools to help them minimize negative habits in exchange for routines that will benefit them in their everyday lives.
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