How to Change a Habit

How to Change a Habit. Lifestyle Advice from Mark Sobralske, L.Ac. Owner of Red Coral Acupuncture.

How to Change a Habit, Mark Sobralske, L.Ac

Many times in addition to acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine, I give lifestye advice to improve the health of my patients.

In order to counteract any disease or illness, it is necessary to change our habits, in addition to applying interventions with acupuncture and herbal medicine.If a patient is on board with making a few tweaks to their schedule in order to replace bad habits with good habits, their treatments will progress all the faster.
For this reason, in this month's newsletter, I am including some information on how to effectively change a habit.  Many of us know that a change in managing stress, diet, exercise, sleep regiment, etc. would be a good idea, but we all know how tough it can be implement a change.

Fortunately, since we are all creatures of habit, we can use our habit forming tendencies to our advantage.  Small changes of habit on a day-to-day basis, lead to big changes over time.  In order to stop doing harmful things to ourselves, an effective method is to start with doing small positive things for ourselves.  Maybe for you it is adding a yoga class just once a week to your schedule.  Maybe it is getting to bed at a reasonable time so you don't feel exhaused in the mornings for work, or maybe a starting goal is to cook one meal at home per week, instead of eating out.

Over time, these small changes add up and contribute to our health moving in a new direction.  Once inertia builds in this new direction, we find ourselves happier and healthier.

Here are a few links for further reading on how to change a habit from a website I enjoy, called Lifehacker.

Change a Habit Flowchart

The Right Habits

Break Bad Habits by Developing an If-Then Plan 

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