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.