Sugar is unhealthy. We understand that. Recently, people are becoming more aware of it being more dangerous than advertised. It is now considered a primary source of obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, and even cancer. A book “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger provides numerous examples of how sugar causes countless chronic illnesses and affects one’s mood, energy and mental health.
This is one of the many addictions people are suffering from. Addictions have gone virtual. Food addiction, Youtube addiction and even Netflix addiction are turning into major subjects for human behavioural study. The study is not only about how to stop oneself from getting addicted. Many types of research are about how to make people addicted to these things.
Addiction – An Automated Activity
You know you are addicted to something when you cannot live without it. It stays with you in the subconscious. Your brain waits for the stimulation. The moment an action is triggered, you automatically follow the rest of the addiction process. Your addiction has become a routine.
An addiction is a combination of a stimulation and habit. When you start taking stimulants for a long time, it turns into a routine and then into a habit. The habit reinforces itself into your neurological patterns and now you have a completely automated activity that doesn’t listen to you.
The Habit Loop
In his book, The Power of Habits, Charles Duhigg talks about how one good habit can be used to form many more linked positive habits. “This process within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical, mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP”
Breaking the habit loop is simple. Take a small daily exercise to build enough willpower. Build upon the confirmations of that tiny habit and form other new habits. This little habit can be regular meditation, sound therapy, exercising. It could be sleeping on time or doing specific things at a specific time every day. Willpower is a muscle. You can use it and it will become better every day.
A simpler way to increase your willpower to stick to a new habit or get over addictions is the Nitaai Breathing exercise. It is a much better way to achieve breakthrough progress in life and work. All you need to do is give yourself a 10-15 minute break each morning and during the day if possible and practice repeating the Nitaai sound.
With constant practice, it becomes a habit that helps you ingrain better habits and get over other bad habits and addictions. Most of the time, when we try to create new habits, we can’t find a support mechanism, which makes us fall back onto our old patterns.
So, creating a master habit that can create sub-habits is essential. The Nitaai Breathing exercise is a master habit to pave way for multiple positive sub-habits. Practise this and you will live in constructive vibrations. Your willpower will increase. You will feel better.