Bad Habits? They are Actually Solutions

Posted Friday, March 11th, 2016. Filed Under My Daily Dose

This is from an article in Oprah magazine, January 2015 that I wanted to share. It states: When you understand how your vices help you, you’ll have a better shot at tickling them to the curb.

Alexandra Jamieson is a holistic health counsellor and author of Women, Food, and Desire: Embrace Your Craving, Make Peace with Food, Reclaim Your Body says, “Try transforming a habit by substituting something else enjoyable. If ice cream is your go-to comfort food, try taking a bath with a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, which is still sensory.

Here are three myths to think about. Don’t let these old untruths derail your resolution resolve.

Myth: WIllPOWER IS LIMITED
Fact: A growing body of research suggests that willpower isn’t something that depletes rather suggests that we may have control over our self-control.
In a Stanford University study, participants were prompted to complete a cognitively challenging task. The result: Those who believed willpower was unlimited performed better on a subsequent test of self-control than people who thought the opposite.

Myth: IT TAKES 21 DAYS TO MAKE (OR BREAK) A HABIT
Fact: Although widely touted, this number has no real science to back it up. The length of time it takes to establish new habits depends on the person and the complexity of the behaviour according to Wendy Wood, PhD. While one study found that participants needed, on average, 66 days to establish new routines, the range spanned 18 to 254 days.

Myth: CHANGING NOW WON’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU’RE TOO FAR GONE
It’s never too late to adopt healthier ways. For example smoking. For those smokers who quit between the ages of 35-44 added about nine years to their lives. Same goes for exercise. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running for even five to ten minutes a day (and at a leisurely speeds) can bolster life expectancy by an average of three years, regardless of age, BMI, or preexisting medical conditions.

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