# Can’t Kick a Bad Habit ? Steps to Habit Change June/July 2018 #

Is there a habit you would love to get rid of?
This short course will give you research based strategies and skills to stop doing your unwanted habit.
First session Tuesday June 19th 6.30 – 8.30 pm
2nd and 3rd sessions Tuesdays June 26th & July 3rd 7- 8.30 pm

 A bad habit is when you do the same undesired action  repeatedly without much thought.  Please note the distinction between bad habits and giving in to  the  temptation  to do a range of  different ‘bad’  things.

Examples 
Eating too much regularly
Eating an unhealthy food e.g. chocolate regularly
Spending too much time on-line
Nail biting
Regularly over- spending
Regularly staying up too late
Checking your phone too often.

So that you can start taking  practical actions from the very first session, you will be sent pre-course information to read and the first session will be ½ hour longer than the following ones.
If you are not ‘quite ready ‘  to quit your habit ‘right now’ or your situation during this 3 week period means it is impractical for you to work on changing  your habit,  you can attend the course  just to learn more information.  Please be aware however, the course is designed primarily as one where people take practical action.

Course title: Can’t kick a Bad Habit ?  Steps to Habit Change
When:  First session June 19th 6.30 – 8.30 pm”
2nd and 3rd sessions June 26th & July 3rd 7- 8.30 pm
Where: Canterbury Workers Association 59 Gloucester Street
Cost: $24 for entire 3 week course
Enrol :  here or ph 03 366 0285 ( WEA office hours 9.30 am – 3 pm)
Pre -enrolment is essential. Enrol soon to ensure a place as class numbers are limited to 16
For more information: contact Cathie

A bit more detail about the course
You will be given information about how habits  form and ‘work’
Two methods for dealing with unwanted habits will be explained and participants will choose which method they will use.

 Method 1.  Substitution of another behaviour for the unwanted behaviour
 Method 2.  Mindfulness to extinguish the habit cycle.
For both methods  there will be ‘ homework’

Homework
Method 1 homework will include :
Identifying the trigger of your habit.
Identifying the  reward experienced by doing the habitual behaviour.
Experimenting with different substitute behaviours.
Method 2 homework will include various types of  mindfulness practise and practising   ‘surfing the urge’ to  accept and cope with urges/cravings to do the habit.   Homework will also include identifying the ‘trigger’ of   your habit.

Both methods are supported by research. Method 2 requires a larger time investment and effort initially, however it is applicable to all types of habits ( whereas Method 2 may not be practical for some types of habits ) Method 2  may  also be more robust than Method 1.    If you would  more information about the course please  contact Cathie