Habit Change course

 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
Nail biting
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