Are there habits you know are bad for you but can’t get rid of? Let’s look into why it is so hard to overcome habits. Every day, we go through a bunch of routines that we can consider habitual behaviors. For example, brushing our teeth, drinking water, taking a shower, putting on our shoes, and the list goes on. Some of these habits can keep us healthy, like going on a morning jog. Some of these habits are compulsive and addictive, like overeating, smoking, substance abuse, and other habits that are bad for your health.
Habits help us get through our day-to-day activities. But when it comes to bad habits, it can be hard to control or get rid of them. Bad habits can come from stress, boredom, and insecurity. A lot of people are pressured into smoking, drugs, and alcohol because that’s how they will fit in with the rest of the group. Once they start abusing these substances, it becomes harder to quit them. About 70% of smokers say that they will quit but they can’t fully quit.
There’s a part in our brain that fights against our will when we want to overcome our bad habits. The reward system in our brain keeps us craving things that we work hard to overcome and resist. Feeding into these bad habits can cause years of sufferings from chronic diseases like:
Overcoming bad habits can take some time and it’s helpful to set measurable goals along the way. You can start by replacing your unhealthy habits with new healthy habits.
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