Can’t Kick a Bad Habit ? Steps to Habit Change
Is there something you repeatedly do, that you wish you wouldn’t ?
This short 3 week course will take you through steps to change your bad habit.
The strategies taught are research based. Participants are expected to have a ‘ bad habit’ they will work on during the course
If you want more information about the course please contact Cathie
Is this course the right one for you ?
To answer this question you need to know what a habit is. People commonly refer to any behavior they do that is the opposite of what they had hoped to do, as a ‘ bad habit’. While some of these are habits, some are not.
What is a habit ?
A habit is a routine of behavior done repeatedly without conscious thought. In other words, it’s something you find yourself doing before you even realize. You give it very little thought when you start doing it.
Let me give you an example.
Jeremy decided he wouldn’t eat biscuits for the next month to lose a few kilos. However at the very next work meeting, he found himself eating a biscuit. When he asked himself ‘Why did I start eating that biscuit ?’ He really couldn’t explain. He wasn’t that hungry, and it was just a plain biscuit, not one he particularly liked. The best reason he could come up with was ‘ I ate it because it was there’ Eating biscuits at work meetings is a routine ( or pattern) of behavior that Jeremy has done so often, that he does it automatically. He didn’t actually make a decision to eat the biscuit.
Contrast this with an example of a behavior that is not a habit.
Jeremy has decided to not eat biscuits for the next month to lose a few kilos. A few days later he visits his Aunt Judy. She put a plate of just baked chocolate chippy biscuits on the table. Jeremy thinks , ‘I know I decided not to eat biscuits, but Aunt Judy doesn’t usually make biscuits, so these are a real treat, and they look delicious. I am sure it won’t make much difference to my weight so long as I only eat one .
This example is not demonstrating a habit, because although Jeremy might often eat biscuits when he has decided not to, this particular situation was one that didn’t happen very often. He didn’t have an automatic pattern of linked to it. Instead he thought about whether to eat the biscuits or not, and then gave in to temptation.
Of course we often have trouble with both ‘ bad habits’ and giving in to temptation. So as long as you have at least one bad habit you want to change, then you will benefit from coming to the ‘ Steps to Habit Change ‘ course.
Are you confused about whether your unwanted behaviour is a habit or not ?
Contact Cathie and talk it over.
Examples of common ‘bad habits’
Eating too much
Eating unhealthy food
Spending too much time browsing the internet, checking e-mails or playing electronic games
Staying up too late ( when you intended to get more sleep)
What will we do during the course ?
Week 1 : There is more to a habit than meets the eye. We will break down a habit into it’s component parts. Your homework will involve observing your habit.
Week 2: Ways to change your habit lesson. Then you will create ideas on how you could change your unique habit. Homework : test your ideas.
Week 3: Learn research proven ways to increase the likelihood that your habit change will stick. Make a plan to use these for your unique habit.
During the class you will work on ‘example habits’ and your own habits. Some of this work will be done in small groups or pairs but if you don’t feel comfortable with this you may do them individually.
If you have any questions please contact Cathie