5 Tips to Bring Consciousness into Breaking a Habit That You’re Desperate to Break

110612A-060bigWe all have some lurking habit that annoys even ourselves, and even though you know why you have your habit (emotional eating or drinking, for eg.), you still cannot break the cycle of that habit when that trigger source comes into play and, don’t understand why.

I’ll shed some light here as I’ve grappled with this myself.  When habits are created, so are neural pathways in the brain.  What ‘wires together, fires together’, with its opposite true as well.  So in order for you to start ‘wiring’ what is unwired and disconnect what has been firing, several things are important to sculpt new neural pathways into your brain.  Here are some tips how:

  1. Set a minimum of 30 days to work on said habit/belief at least twice a day.  To wire up new neural pathways and break old ones at least 30 days, or approximately 70 times, of repetitive concentrated effort is necessary.
  2.  Keep yourself focused on only one or two habits or behaviors that you’d like to eradicate.  Write it/them down on a piece of paper, then write down the opposite of each habit or behavior you’d like to create a new neural pathway for.
  3. Attain a Relaxed State of Being, in which you feel your mind is not active, but in a state to receive.  If your mind is active, it will repel any new suggestions to receive your new habit or behavior.  Think of yourself as a battery with a (+) Active Side and a (-) Receptive Side.  In order to disable what is active, your brain needs to be receptive to new suggestions and feelings.
  4. When in a relaxed state, bring to your mind’s eye, the old habit that you’d like to break and feel the energy of that habit in your body.  Let that energy penetrate into your body.  After some time (approximately 30 seconds), visualize the new habit or belief you’d like to replace the old one with.  Observe and feel how you and your life would be if that new habit or belief were a part of your existence.  Continue feeling that energy for about 60 seconds.  Move to the 2nd habit/belief you’d like to work on and repeat step #4.

It may take some time to create a new neural pathway, but it can be done. Set the intention upon waking each day to work on creating new habits and a new outlook on life.  By focusing first on the behavior/belief you want to eradicate, and ending with the behavior/belief you’d like to replace it with, you are signaling the brain to balance opposing hemispheres of your brain, and thus balance out your nervous system. Try not to allow any setbacks impede your mind-state or progress, which will only affirm the old habits/beliefs.

By: Karen Nourizadeh

If you’d like more information, or to schedule a personal coaching session related to a specific habit/belief, please don’t hesitate to contact me at karennouri@aol.com.


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