Have you ever woken up and the first thing you feel is stomach ache as if nervous about something, but you can't figure out what it is you're nervous about? So your mind starts to search for the answer within your problems and you start worrying even more and more... It's just been 5 minutes since you woke up and you're already worried, nervous, stressed out, angry or sad, and you don't even know why!
Would you like to start changing that? Well, keep up with me...
So, when you wake up in the morning and you start thinking about your problems, you're actually thinking about memories, and each memory is attached to an emotion. The brain will start sending messages to your body so that it feels the way it should according to the memory/emotion you're thinking about, and it becomes a never ending cycle of mind and body connections. Can you see the problem with it?
A habit happens because of repetition. It is when you've done something so many times that your body actually knows how to do it better than your mind does. Now, your brain is a professional learner, but it doesn't know how to distinguish between "good" and "bad", we later assign those characteristics through a conscious process. Nevertheless, the "bad" habits will still make you feel bad, and the "good" ones will make you feel good. Which one would you rather CHOOSE?
After weeks, months, or even years of waking up and thinking about the same things and feeling anxious and stressed over and over without you making any kind of complaint to yourself for feeling that way, your body will always choose to go back to the same toxic, but familiar emotions you've unconsciously hardwired to your brain... you've made a bad habit.
"The hardest part about change is not making the same choices you did the day before" - Dr. Joe Dispenza
Dr. Joe Dispenza, explains how starting to change your habits, is always uncomfortable. That your brain prefers to be in a state that it already knows, and feels secure — whether it's a positive or negative state — rather than moving on to the unknown. Because of it, change is no easy task, it requires a big deal of self-awareness to begin to break bad habits, especially the deep-seated ones. For this, meditation and mindfulness could be your greatest allies (more on this later!).
Remember what I said about the mind not being able to tell "bad" from "good"? It takes the same amount of work for your brain to build good and positive habits as it takes to build negative ones. So, tomorrow, instead of waking up and letting your brain do what it does every morning, take a deep breath and break your way through those bad habits, and start building your mindset with good and positive habits... one thought at a time.