The most important thing in dealing with bad habits is to understand how the neurons in our brains form neural pathways to each other and what this means.

Imagine the nerve pathways as nerve cell superhighways that constantly transmit messages. When we do the same things, the nerve cells go the same way over and over again until the path becomes so familiar that the messages are conveyed with ease and without much conscious effort on our part. This process is best noticed when we start training a new sport, for example. In the beginning, we pay close attention and follow our every move, think about it and then do it. However, the more we train, the better we become and it seems as if our body is moving only.

Similarly, when we go to a grocery store or a cigarette, when we feel nervous, the nerve pathways that form a bad habit become established in our brains. The good news is that our brains are an exceptional tool that has a wonderful property called Neuroplasty. This means that the neural pathways that the brain forms as a result of repeated motives in our behavior are not definitive and irreparable. Unnecessary nerve pathways can be removed and new ones can be created at any time we wish. We can remove addictions and other degrading habits directly from the body that produces them. The only condition for this to happen is to have desire and perseverance.

Thanks to the brain's potential to change constantly, anything is possible!

Stroke people, for example, can restore normal brain function by slowly and patiently building new neural pathways. Smokers and people who love to overeat can transform their habits and make a difference in their lives. According to some studies, the brain needs 21 days to form new nerve pathways.

Here are some proven ways to reprogram your brain:

1. Identify the habit you want to transform and make it clear that you want it to happen! It is important that you want this change to happen and make your intention clear, aloud, aloud!

2. Watch the reflections this habit brings to your daily routine! Notice what feelings and thoughts this habit produces in you! Notice how your body reacts Be an observer, do not judge or rush to get instant results!

3. When you face the urge to go the old way - divert your attention! This is a very important technique. If you regularly divert your attention from the bad habit, it will eventually fade until it disappears completely.

4. Use your imagination! New nerve pathways are created in our brains not only through action but also through visualization. Take a few minutes a day to imagine the new habits you want to build! Concentrate and imagine yourself eating delicious nuts or fruits, running, swimming or doing yoga!

5. Stop the harmful thoughts when you notice them! When you still want to light a cigarette, just say to yourself or aloud, "Not now!" Or "I don't need it anymore!" If you remember that you want to quit the habit, then once you have lit, just discard the cigarette and say, "Not now!"

6. Use "dislike" - it's not for everyone, but it definitely works. For example, you can tell yourself by going through the many sweet temptations we are exposed to every day - "These are garbage filled with margarine, Eh, genetically modified starches and glucose syrup, and cocoa must be picked up by children somewhere in South America!"

7. Choose your alternative and follow it! It is much easier when you have a specific thing that you have declared that you will do instead of your bad habit. Replace it with some ritual or alternative action! If you like a donut a lot, and you are already close to 90 pounds, shift your attention away from the irritant, instead you can close your eyes, inhale slowly and deeply several times, without thinking in your head! Or you can do some physical activity, a short stretching exercise, or a strengthening of the heart - anything that will shift your concentration from a bad habit!

8. Transform obstacles! Find out what makes you go back to your old habit! Notice if there is any recurring motif, pay attention to its impact on your life! Notice the emotions caused by it! And now - shake off and take another neural path!

9. Ask yourself the question: - Why do I need this habit? Why do I love doing this so much, despite its negative effects on me? What do you actually replace with this habit? Turn to yourself and your inner source of energy and inspiration! Everyone has one. Meditation helps tremendously in the awareness of bad habits as well as in the construction of new neural pathways. Meditation does not have to be complicated, lengthy, or sound mystical. Meditation is simply the state of your mind when you empty your mind of all thoughts. It is enough to practice 5 - 10 minutes a day.

10. Transform and make the change! No matter how long it takes, always stay conscious - "I can!" Especially when you start to lose motivation and the results don't happen as fast as you want - don't blame yourself, look in the mirror and smile - "I can!"

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