How Do Habits Work?
Now we know that what’s in the habit is a subconscious decision of your mind. But how are you going to control your subconsciousness? And to break any habit, you need to learn how the habit works.
Habit is working with a very simple cycle. First of all, there is a trigger that started the particular act of habit. It could be anything like location, time of day, emotional state, thought, belief, other people, or a pattern of behavior that prompted you to do that. And then that action is transformed into routine habits And what keeps you going with this action to make it your habit is the reward. Rewards could be a feeling of joy or satisfaction in any sense. And these rewards create a loop that forces you to take action to receive the reward. And the number of times you’re going to take action to get rewards will end up as your routine, so it’s hard to break out of the loop. This is the simple basic cycle that builds the habit. Trigger-Routine-Rewards. And to break any of the habits you need to break this cycle.
How Do Habits Work?
The two main causes of bad habits, most of the time, are a way of coping with stress and boredom. It can be a simple reaction to stress and boredom, anything from biting your nails, wasting time on the internet to drinking coffee, overspending while shopping. Sometimes, deeper problems trigger the tension or boredom that is on the surface. These things can be difficult to think about, but you have to be honest with yourself if you’re serious about making changes.
Ask yourself: What are the beliefs or motives behind bad habits? Is there something deeper that causes you to hang on to something bad for you—a fear, an occurrence, or a limiting delusion? When you find the trigger point, you can teach yourself new and healthier ways to cope with stress and boredom instead of your unhealthy habits, which you can then replace. And you can come up with different ways to deal with your tension.
Why is it hard to break bad habits?
All the habits that you have right now, good or bad, are there for a reason in your life. In simple words, you have benefited from these habits or there is some purpose to them, even though they are bad for you in other ways. Often, as with smoking or drugs, the advantage is biochemical and it helps you to feel less stressed. It’s mostly due emotion, but if you keep doing it then that’s bad for your health. All your bad habits are an easy way to deal with emotion in many situations. Like biting your nails, playing with your hair, rapidly tapping your foot, unconsciously helping you to deal with your emotions.
Such “benefits” or reasons often refer to smaller bad habits. Opening your Instagram account as soon as you wake up, for example, might make you feel connected to the world. But at the same time scrolling through feed kills your productivity, splits your focus, and in some cases it also creates anxiety. But, it saves you from feeling like you’re “missing out”… and then you’re doing it again.