Can’t figure out why you do what you do? It may come down to that little thing called human instinct. Interestingly, it is possible to change your brain. By letting go each day, you have the power to replace negative behaviors with healthy habits.
Human beings are creatures of habit. This is a positive thing when our daily routine includes exercise and a healthy diet. But our habits may be negative, such as procrastination or eating when stressed. Despite knowing that these behaviors are potentially harmful, we often find ourselves doing them anyway. The beauty is that we are endlessly adaptable. By stopping, thinking, and acting, we can exchange our bad, or less desirable habits, for better and healthier ones.
When faced with behaviors you’d like to change, try these three steps:
- Stop and think – Reflect critically on your habits or behaviors.
- Practice self-kindness – You’re likely your own worst critic, so aim to modify distorted thinking and negative self-talk.
- Take action now – Meditation is a great way to find some inner calm, set intentions, and get started.
So, if you’re wanting to let go of something, make sure to use all the tools at your disposal. Our brains are much more prone to change through action.
Trying to create new habits because we <should> is rarely effective. Identifying our unique reasons for wanting to change a habit, and combining them with healthy personal rewards, allows us to tap into our willpower and reach our goals.
Want more help to jump-start your practice? Join our 12 Months of Wellness Challenge (alive.com/wellnesschallenge/). Our July challenge is all about letting go and changing your brain. You’ll find plenty of support with our community of like-minded wellness enthusiasts!