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Why is it so difficult to change some behaviors?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Looking back at my life I see patterns that have become habits that have just taken over as typical behavior. The worst of these "patterns" comes from my corporate work days when every day was so filled with stress that I began to have a drink at night just to calm me down, a quick and easy way to relax. Over the years having a drink was my "comfort food".

Now it's become such a habit that even though I no longer have ANY stress in my life I still feel the need to have that shot at the end of the day. It's an odd thing - I never drink during the day and I seldom have a drink when I go out for dinner with my husband or friends. BUT that shot (or two) at the end of the night before bed has become such a habit that I'm finding it difficult to stop. I can give up chocolate, fried foods, take out and many other bad habits, but this is one I'm having difficult with.

Tonight I have my book club meeting with a group of women. Tonight, when I get home I'm going to make myself a cup of hot tea (it's about -8 degrees right now and not expected to warm up much today). Instead of finishing my evening with television and knitting, I am going to go into the family room and read - perhaps something light and easy to get through. Tonight I am going to begin this change.

They say it takes 21 days to start a new habit - or to get rid of an old one. I know I will feel better, have more energy, and eventually have a better night's sleep if I can get rid of this one!
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