Do you get frustrated with your habits – the ones that don’t work well or the ones you can never seem to get started? We all wish we could develop the kind of habits that will propel us into a healthy and productive direction, but it seems that only a few of us are able to achieve this goal.
This is actually not the case, we are all able to take control of our habits. We only need support and to understand and implement techniques and strategies that will help.
Understand the context of your habit
Habits are patterns of behavior that are embedded in the larger context of your life. The routines we’ve developed trigger us into certain behaviors. Sometimes the triggers are physical such as the need to relieve a headache by drinking your morning cup of coffee. Other triggers are emotional, such as repeatedly using alcohol to relieve stress or social anxiety.
It is important to understand your triggers and how to address them. Breaking bad habits and developing new behaviors takes more than will power, it requires strategy support and understanding.
Developing your ability to take control
In my practice, I have found Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), education, and support can enable a person to make substantial changes in their lives. CBT is one of the most widely studied, evidence-based approaches that enable us to take back control of our inner (cognitive) and outer (Behavior) processes. CBT is effective for addressing habits as well as mood and anxiety.
If you would like to learn more, Dr. Allan has been working in this area for ten years – he can help you get started on new habits and make them permanent. He can also help you change those pesky habits that are not helping you. Call now for a consultation. or fill out the contact form and click Send.Please share this post!