Breaking Unwanted Habits!

Expecting to quit your bad habit in 21 days? It’s different for everyone. Hypnotherapy can definitely help.

What bad habits can you not seem to quit? Smoking? Eating too much junk food? Overspending? Being too messy? Overworking? Maybe you procrastinate and put important tasks off too often.

Whatever the habit is that you want to change, you may have heard the theory that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This number originates from a widely popular 1060 book called Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon, that noticed it took 21 days for people to get used to their new faces.  However, more up to date research suggests that changing a habit isn’t really that clear-cut.

This study found that the average time it takes for a new habit to form is 66 days. And the research also found out that everyone is different. This means it could take you from 18 days to over 254 days!

But of course, the longer you keep at it the better!

So, how do you break a habit?

Habit forming and breaking can be quite closely linked. Breaking a habit really means establishing a new habit.  It’s about establishing new neural connections in the brain.

Brain synapses

Brain synapses

Think about how some people replace smoking with vaping.  Unfortunately some people will replace their bad habit with another bad habit, for example replacing over-drinking with constant unhealthy snacking.

A positive, healthy replacement behaviour is what you will need. And the good news is that hypnotherapy can help you bring in new, healthy behaviours so you can get over your bad habit whatever that may be. 

As discussed above there is no typical time frame for breaking a bad habit, and hypnotherapy works with this on an individual level. The correct way to quit one habit and form a new one will include a mix of personality, motivation, circumstances and the habit in question. This is why hypnotherapy can help as it takes into account your history and turning points in your life that may have caused the bad habit. And then it can be easier to work out what positive replacement behaviour would be more useful.

And experts agree that people who align their habit breaking with their personal values will change their behaviour faster. This is rather than doing something from pressure from others.

To successfully break a habit you need to think of your strongest motivation. What could that be? Losing weight and improving your health so that you can run around in the park with your kids or grandkids? Quit smoking so that you can play sports or dance without getting short of breath? Being cleaner and tidier so that you lose things less?

Whatever your motivation is, breaking a bad habit will be much easier if you align it with your personal values.

Do it for YOU and not because you are feeling pressure from friends, family or wider society.

What do you want to give up?

And what positive behaviour could you replace it with?

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