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Nancy Schimelpfening

Bad Choices, Bad Habits

By December 26, 2013

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Did you know that if you allow yourself to make the same choice repeatedly this will eventually become a habit?  In fact, this is how bad habits form.   We make the same maladaptive choices over and over, based upon some perceived payoff, until it becomes an automatic response.  The good news, however, is that we can use this knowledge to break bad habits.  The first step is to return to making conscious decisions about what we are doing.  When we return to making conscious decisions instead of allowing our actions to continue on auto-pilot we can make better choices and form new habits that better serve our needs.

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Join the Discussion: Do you feel that bad habits can contribute to your depression?  Has breaking bad habits helped you in any way to cope better with your depression?  Or perhaps your depression simply makes it much harder to develop new and better habits?  Post your comments below.


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December 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm
(1) Janice Melton says:

I really liked your info. on habits. I have struggled to break bad habits in my life ranging from bad relationships to eating and exercising goals. Thanks again, articles like yours help me to see that I am just human and not to get overwhelmed. Some info. I read that helped me with my back injury and to help me to lose some weight are included above. I need all the help I can get!!! thanks again! Janice M.

January 12, 2009 at 9:48 pm
(2) Dianne Hansen says:

Hello Nancy,

I totally agree that there are ways to get better…ways to eliminate bad habits. An easy way I like to think about that: I’ll make progress to stop doing what’s hurting me and I’ll start doing things that will help me get better.

December 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm
(3) John@how to beat depression naturally says:

Breaking a bad habit once and for all is like winning a prize that you deserved because you had to work for it. I find the best way is to ask yourself ‘Why’. What is your reason, what is your why? Use this as your starting point and break it down. Start with the bad habit by recognizing it and then ask yourself what you will gain by breaking through this barrier. That becomes your ‘Why’. Its that simple, the stronger the ‘Why’ the better your chances of overcoming the habit that you wish to break.

January 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm
(4) jaswinder says:

I am suffering from depression from last 16 months. there are days when obsessive thoughts comes in my mind and i cant stop them from coming. sometimes sucidal thoughts comes in my mind very few times in a day but i do not have the guts to do that. and i always talk to myself that you are strong. sometimes i am unable to spend my time feeling hopeless and having no interest in daily activities. i feel that whenever i make myself busy in watching tv or reading books or talking with friends the disturbing thoughts stay away from me. but when i sit alone doing nothing they come again and make me depress. but from few days my depression is reduced very much due making myself bust everytime of the day. now i am feeling better. but i know that i am not fully get rid of depression as my mind do not work spontaneously as it work before when i donot have depression. but iam more strong than before. please suggest me some more ideas so that i can get more better and better. my memory is also effected due to depression as i easily forget things.

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