How to Break Free from Bad Habits


James Parker

3 min read

Did you know that the mechanisms that cause us to crave cigarettes, smartphones, or even love are the same mechanisms that can help us break free from bad habits?

In today's post, I'll show you how to use the insights from Judson Brewer's groundbreaking book "The Craving Mind" to understand your cravings and unlock the secret to breaking bad habits.

These ideas helped me give up junk food and establish a healthier relationship with food. Let's dive right in!

The Science Behind Cravings

Cravings are not just a lack of willpower; they are a natural response of the brain seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

This is known as the habit loop.

When we engage in behavior that brings pleasure or relief, our brain releases dopamine, reinforcing the habit loop and making us crave that behavior even more.

Mindfulness as a Tool to Break Bad Habits

Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to break free from cravings.

By paying attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgment, we can start to see cravings for what they are: temporary states that will pass.

When we observe our cravings without reacting to them, we can break the habit loop and reduce their power over us.

Practical Steps to Overcome Cravings

Here are some practical steps you can take to overcome cravings: identify the trigger, observe the craving without judgment, and let it pass without acting on it.

Remember, it's okay to seek help from friends, family, or a professional if you're struggling to overcome a particular craving.

And there you have it! Now that you know how cravings work and how to break free from them, you have the power to make positive changes in your life.

Which strategy from this post are you going to try first? Leave a comment below, and let's start a conversation about breaking free from bad habits.