Everyone knows them, everyone has them: habits or quirks that may even point to you, but which you simply cannot get a grip on. It is quite possible to reprogram your brain. I’ll show you how to put off habits.
The well-known quote “Man is a creature of habit” (Gustav Freytag) fits many of us like a fist to the eye. We all have our fixed habits and processes somewhere in our head that we are all too often convinced that we can never put them down.
For some it is the constant use of a cigarette, for the next the evening beer and for the third the permanent desire for chocolate.
But it’s not just such obviously health-damaging habits that haunt us through our day. Even more harmless things, such as raising the alarm clock 3 times each morning or giving up all tasks at the last minute, often bring ourselves to despair.
What are habits?
One speaks of a so-called habit if we have repeated a certain action so often that we perform it automatically in the same or similar situations. So we do not think more about them, but have this or that course of action have established abgespeichert.Du in our brain in response to you from accustomed , and not make it so different.
These “automatisms” have their meaning due to evolution. If Otto Neanderthaler and the Stone Age clique had only started thinking when the saber-toothed tiger attacked, it would have been over pretty quickly.
So you no longer have to think like a toddler how to put one foot in front of the other, but can walk through world history completely free of thoughts. Just like today you can ride a bike without thinking or automatically pull your hand away if you burn yourself somewhere with it.
If you had to actively think about every little action instead, you would not get anything. You would be overwhelmed.
Instead, you can exercise it completely subconsciously because we have repeated it enough times before.
You will surely remember your first driving lesson by car. It was probably a real challenge for you too. At the same time, you should shift, steer, pay attention to traffic and also listen to the driving instructor. You couldn’t imagine how you could get all of this into your head.
Today – you may have been driving a car for a few years – you look back at this time with a smile and find that you don’t actually have to concentrate anymore when driving. It seems like your subconscious mind is driving all by itself, so often you’ve done all the moves.
How to put off habits
Your bad habits – such as smoking or drinking – are the same as your ability to drive or walk. At some point you repeated them until they became self-evident and automatic.
So far, it just happened in your head without you realizing it. The trick to getting rid of your bad or unwanted habits is to actively use this way of working and to program other habits into your brain.
Sounds very theoretical, doesn’t it?
Science has put various tests to the test. She wanted to find out how long it takes a person to save something as a routine. The answer to this is: for most people around 21 days, other studies speak of 66 days.
For example, if you want to stop smoking forever or from now on do 20 situps every morning, you should simply make sure that you do it for at least 21 days in a row. If you relapse, you have to start over. However, if you can do it, the chances are very high that your brain will get used to it and have deleted the old routines.
Is not that great? So what are you waiting for? Here we go!
If your new project really hasn’t become a habit after 21 days, just don’t give up! What you learned about how your brain works in the first two sections are facts.
Your brain will definitely save your changed behavior sooner or later (usually in less than 66 days) as routines and from then on consider it completely normal.
Humans are creatures of habits. Frequently repeated activities – such as walking or cycling – are saved by our brain as automatisms in order to save you the constant, active thought about them.
Too often, however, you get used to things that you don’t want to do at all or that are disadvantageous for you. To get rid of these habits, you have to reprogram your brain accordingly.
Now that you know how habits come about, you can take them off or change your habits by repeating (or letting go of) the things you want, e.g. actively refraining from smoking, eating healthier, or exercising for several days doing.
Science speaks here of a time from 21 to 66 days that you have to hold out until your brain has saved it as a habit.
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