1. Why are habits important?

 Habits are important because they impact our health. For instance, they determine if we can make or break our success, which affects our quality of life and longevity.

2 What are some different kinds of habits? (People seem mostly interested in preventive/preventative habits, habits of mind. May also be worth touching on eating habits, mental health habits, and unwanted habits like nail biting, smoking, etc) For each type of habit you mention, briefly explain why it’s important.

Healthy living habits

These are habits revolving around your health and lifestyle, such as, sleeping patterns, exercise regime, and eating patterns.

Mental habits

Habits can be in the thoughts. For example, constant thoughts on your past or past events or sticking to negative energy that can harm your self-image.

Financial habits

Financial habits determine how you save and spend money.

 3. How can habits benefit you? (How/why does doing something repeatedly make you more likely to do it?) Using examples, explain how habits can have positive effects on your life.

Improve our health

Developing positive habits can improve our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Sticking on good habits can support other good ones and cut out bad ones. Even researchers suggest that implementing a positive habit successfully can encourage positivity in one’s life.

Increases our efficiency

Adopting a new habit takes up to 21 days. Once it is done successfully, you are likely act on the habit without other thoughts that might pull you back. This way, you are likely to tackle more important activities faster.

 4. List some general benefits of helpful or productive habits in a bulleted list.

  • Promotes your quality of life.
  • Helps visualize a brighter future.
  • Helps you grow into the person you want to become.
  • Helps achieve goals.
  • Improves quality of life and longevity.

 5. Can you teach yourself new habits? How would you go about doing this? (Share any tips for reinforcing the behavior you want to stick)

I recommend the following tips;

Start small

I always insist on starting with micro-goals before moving to bigger ones. If you create small and achievable goals, reaching big goals will be kind of a walk over. Consider what you love first before others to get the inspiration to do more.

Track progress

Checking what you have been doing after some time is important for surety. Are you doing what was intended from the beginning? Most people find it hard to track progress, but I always tell my clients to write down on paper and check by ticking. If it is working as planned, add more activities to stretch your efforts. Remember to add little by little.

Eliminate obstacles

Do you know why some habits do not stick? Well, most people fail to determine the things that stop them. It does not have to be a big thing. Even the smallest detail can go a long way. You should also find your motivation and maintain it to keep going.

6. What about breaking old habits? What’s the best way to go replacing unhelpful habits with more helpful ones?

Concentrate on your reason to change

Why change this habit? It will only be important if the habit intended is beneficial and valuable. Therefore, sit down with a pen and paper, then list all the reasons for breaking a certain habit, including the benefits from that change.

Determine your triggers

The key thing in moving past a bad habit is identifying its triggers. For instance, ask yourself questions like, when does it happen? Where does it happen? Who are usually involved? Finding answers to these questions will be the beginning of saying no to the bad behavior.

7. Can a therapist help if you

Of course, yes. A therapist will help realize the things that are more significant in your life. They start by enhancing your self-esteem to boost your self-confidence that will motivate you to change for the better.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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