Habits are an essential aspect of our lives. Habits have a profound impact on our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Habits are repetitive actions that we perform without consciously thinking about them. Habits can either help us or harm us. Many people struggle to create healthy habits, while others find it difficult to break bad habits.
Lets explore whether motivation or habits are more important.
Motivation vs. Habits
Motivation is a powerful force that can drive us to achieve great things. However, motivation is often fleeting and can be challenging to maintain over an extended period. This is where habits come in. Habits are automatic actions that we perform regularly without conscious thought. By creating healthy habits, we can reduce our reliance on motivation and make positive changes in our lives.
For example, if you want to improve your physical health, you could try to motivate yourself to exercise regularly. However, this may be challenging, and you may find it challenging to maintain your motivation over time. On the other hand, if you create a habit of exercising every day, it becomes a part of your routine, and you are more likely to stick with it.
How hypnotherapy can support you in creating healthy habits
Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to induce a trance-like state. In this state, the therapist can suggest new ideas, beliefs, and behaviors to the patient. Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool in creating healthy habits and breaking bad ones.
For example, if you want to quit smoking, a hypnotherapist can suggest new ideas and beliefs about smoking that can help you quit. They can also help you create new habits that replace smoking, such as going for a walk or taking a deep breath whenever you feel the urge to smoke. Hypnotherapy can also help you develop a positive mindset, which can be essential in creating and maintaining healthy habits.
Habits are an essential part of our lives, and they can either help us or harm us.
Creating healthy habits is more effective than relying on motivation alone. Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool in creating healthy habits and breaking bad ones. By incorporating healthy habits into our daily routine, we can improve our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
By making these simple things a part of your routine you can increase your will-power and motivation to help achieve your goals.
Tiny changes in your life can change your behaviours to improve your health, mood and wellbeing.
Exercise, focusing on your positive characteristics, feeling grateful, meditation, being more mindful or simply focusing on your breath can actually change the brain and improve your mood and help you swap bad habits for good ones.
Bad habits are just impulses that have become routines. These bad habits such as smoking or overeating or drinking too much, get worse when we feel stressed or sad.
Bad habits and addictions are automatic responses to triggers and associations.
When you know what your triggers are it can be as simple as removing the triggers. It is easier to avoid temptation than resist it.
However life is not that simple, we cannot easily remove the triggers in our lives, but we can create new healthier habits.
Basically to create new habits we have to practice doing the new positive habit until we rewire the brain and these habits become automatic. Habits are things you do without thinking.
The first step to achieving your goals is awareness and the second is believing it is possible.
Then make the decision and stick to it, even if you fail at first, keep trying until it becomes a permanent habit. You are in control and you can choose the path you want to take
All habits are created by repetition.
Exercise is one of the most powerful tools. Studies have been done on smokers; the group that exercised for 10 minutes increased they willpower – their brain wanted cigarettes less than the group that did not exercise. (Acute exercise modulates cigarette cravings and brain activation in response to smoking-related images: An MRI study. 2009)
Studies in the UK showed discovered a clever way to help smokers quit. Simply self-affirmations! Smokers were asked a series of questions. The control group were asked random questions like “What is your favourite ice-cream flavour” the other group were asked self-affirming questions that got them thinking of their positive traits and characteristics.
Both groups then read the information on the negative effects of smoking. The group that focused on their positive qualities developed a strong intent to quit smoking and this was even more evident with the heaviest smokers.
This study was also done focusing on a healthy diet and the study found the self-affirmation group significantly ate a healthier diet the week following. (Self-Affirmation promotes health behaviour change. Health Psychology, 2008).
When you start a new habit it does require effort – hypnotherapy and coaching can help you swap your bad habits for good.
Hypnotherapy can support you in creating healthy habits and breaking bad ones.