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How To Train Your Brain To Adapt To A Habit?

How To Train Your Brain To Adapt To A Habit?

Each individual has a specific routine or way of life. To be a little specific, every person has certain habits that he/she follows. However, what happens when the brain wants to adapt to a new habit? Or, when you wish to get rid of a particular habit for better health or other such reasons? How can you train your brain to do it? This blog can help you figure out how to adapt to a habit. So, keep reading!

Why is it difficult for the brain to do so?

Adapting to a new habit does require some work. It is not a very simple job. This is because first, it is essential to understand the structure of habits and how you can use them for your benefit.

The next thing is that you should not be too harsh on yourself. It is normal to take time to get adjusted to a new habit. Therefore, don’t worry about spending a little time building it into the routine slowly.

‘The habit loop.’

In the structure of habit, there are three crucial components, namely, cue, routine, and reward. Cue is to basically trigger the brain to do the activity that you wish to change into a regular habit. Next is to train the brain to get into a routine of performing that activity to make it a permanent habit. Finally, the brain needs to send a positive signal to your body so that you can continue the newer habit. For this, you need to reward yourself for it.

Train the brain by tying it to a trigger

The brain is already used to certain activities of your routine. So, if you wish to make it adaptive to a new one, tie its trigger with an old one. For instance, if you want to inculcate the habit of walking for 30 minutes on a daily basis, combine it with usual activity. You could decide that after dropping off the kids to school, you have to walk. Follow this kind of trigger for yourself every day. Slowly, your brain will adapt to it as a habit.

Be specific about the habit

It is important for you to have a clear idea so that you can signal the brain accordingly. For example, if you want to adapt to the habit of exercising daily, don’t tell your brain, ‘I have to exercise daily.’ Instead, be specific about it and say something like, ‘I need to do cardio exercises for 30 minutes every day.’ This way, the brain gets a clear signal and acts accordingly.

Making your brain adapt to a new habit is not a very challenging task if you know the right way to proceed. Treating your brain right and giving it proper instructions can help you develop habits in a fairly quick time. Also, start with something small and then make it bigger. This way, the brain finds it more comfortable to adapt to it. The brain is one of the most essential organs of the body, and thus, you need to make it function properly and have a healthier life.

References

https://daringtolivefully.com/build-new-habits

https://medium.com/swlh/to-break-bad-habits-you-really-have-to-change-your-brain-the-neuroscience-of-change-da735de9afdf

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