• Induja Nair

21 days to make or break

Hi guys, I hope all of you are safe and healthy.

So, yesterday I just started reading the book "The power of habit" by Charles Duhigg and I thought I would share some snippets of the book and my own interpretation of it.

Habit is defined as a settled or regular tendency, especially one that is hard to give up.

I am sure most of us do have some habits that we are not quite proud of, but it's in a kind of loop, hard to change but not impossible.

Charles explains something that he calls "the golden rule of habit change" . He says that one cannot extinguish a bad habit, it can only be changed or replaced with.

Every habit has three elements: a cue, a routine and a reward. Habit reversal is done by retaining the cue and reward but changing the routine.

So cue is like a trigger for a behaviour to kickstart. Routine is the behaviour in itself and the reward is the way in which our brain understands and stores the pattern.

For example, when I was struggling with stress eating, everytime I would be stressed, I feel an urge to hog in some food.

The cue here is the urge to eat even though I am not hungry, the routine is eating and the reward is the loop in itself.

For me habit reversal was changing my food items to something healthy. So the urge( cue) remained the same, but I grabbed hold of healthy munchies ( routine) was changed. Slowly but steadily it wears down.

Since we have some days in our hand in the present scenario why not make some new habits and break some old ones.

It's said that it takes only 21 days for something to become a habit.

Let's all make some new habits, stay indoors and break the chain....

All my love and prayers

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