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What is a Habit?
Habit is a task you do daily without thinking about it. You become so habitual if doing the task that it’s difficult to stop. It’s like a ritual.
- Something that you do often and almost without thinking, especially something that is hard to stop doing
- Usual behavior
What makes a habit bad or good?
Any habit that is causing emotional or bodily harm to self or others could be considered a bad habit.
I’m a late riser which makes me late for work I even forget important things in the morning because I’m always in hurry to reach work on time. Just to compensate for this bad habit although I have developed a good habit of keeping things organized and in place. In turn, my house and workspace are organized and everything is arranged accordingly. I’m even bordering towards “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/ OCD”.
What is OCD?
It is a behavioral disorder. A person finds comfort in some habit and is repeating it consciously or subconsciously.
2Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (“obsessions“) and/or behaviors (“compulsions“) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.
The most common OCDs are:
3OCD comes in many forms, but most cases fall into at least one of four general categories:
- Checking: such as locks, alarm systems, ovens, or light switches, or thinking you have a medical condition.
- Contamination: fear of things that might be dirty, or a compulsion to clean. Mental contamination involves feeling like you’ve been treated like dirt.
- Symmetry and ordering: the need to have things lined up in a certain way
- Ruminations and intrusive thoughts: an obsession with a line of thought. Some of these thoughts might be violent or disturbing.
Treatment of OCD:
1,4 There are a few treatment options for OCD:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Is it possible to change your habits?
It’s difficult and requires a lot of effort and dedication to develop or change a habit. It’s conditioning your mind to adapt or leave something. Following a similar task or routine for 20 days would be the first step to forming or changing a habit.
I’ve been struggling for years to change my habit of being a “late riser” I’m a defaulter to the core. I’ve adopted a new way of changing my alarm time 5 minutes earlier every week to bring the change slowly and steadily. I give my brain to adapt to the 5 minutes since I’m not able to deal with a sudden change of ½ hour or 1 hour instantly. I feel tired the whole day even when it’s just ½ hour or a change in schedule.
I’m betting on the tortoise instead of the rabbit in my race to “Start waking up early”. Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
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