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Changing Habits of a Lifetime

We all have routines or behaviours that we do every day (sometimes multiple times a day) that are just automatic, we might not even realise we’re doing them. This could be things like teeth grinding, biting our nails, scrolling on your phone, smoking, the list is endless. You might not realise you have these habits because they don’t have a significant impact on your life, and they don’t stop you from being able to do what you want to do.

If a bad habit is effecting your physical health, mental wellbeing, relationships or work; and you feel that life would be better for you if you could stop that habit then it may be time to consider getting help to break that habit.

Habits are often something we don’t realise we’re doing, they’re automatic, almost like we’re on auto-pilot. So trying to stop ourselves from doing something that we don’t actually know we’re doing is hard, and you may not know where to start. Here are some tips for things you can do yourself;

- Recognise your habit, and the impact it’s having If you’re reading this article you’ve probably already done this one, go you! But give yourself time to reflect on how this habit or behaviour is effecting you and your life. How would it feel to be free of this habit? What would it allow you to achieve? How motivated are you to change this habit?

- Consider a new hobby Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Starting a new hobby could be a good distraction and motivation for overcoming your habit. For example taking up a new exercise regime might help, or something that keeps your mind and hands busy at the same time like painting or gardening.

- Be accountable If you’re comfortable doing so, telling a friend or family member that you’re trying to make this change might help. You can ask them to hold you responsible for your actions and check in on your progress.

You might want to also consider creating an action plan for how you’re going to tackle your bad habit and overcome it for good. The tips I’ve already shared are a good place to start, but you may also want to consider; what caused you to create this habit in the first place and what triggers you into carrying out the habit. Once you understand the cause and trigger of your bad habit, you can then use tools like hypnosis to change your mindset and reactions.

As I mentioned earlier habits are subconscious, we’re not always fully aware we’re doing them. Hypnotherapy works by relaxing your mind so deeply that your conscious thoughts subside, and this allows the hypnotherapist to work with the subconscious thoughts (the automatic ones that just happen without us thinking about them, in other words where are habits live). The hypnotherapist then teaches your subconscious mind new behaviours or habits that are healthier and constructive.

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