2. “ Is a more or less fixed way of thinking,
willing, or feeling acquired through previous
repetition of a mental experience”. (The
American Journal of Psychology (1903))
Some habits are known as "keystone habits",
and these influence the formation of other
habits. For example, identifying as the type of
person who takes care of their body and is in
the habit of exercising regularly, can also
influence eating better and using credit cards
3. The context cue - any thing that
triggers the habitual behavior
Behavior- is the
actual habit that
Reward. - such
as a positive
A variety of digital tools, online or mobile apps, have been introduced that are
designed to support habit formation
4. A bad habit is an undesirable behavior pattern. Common examples include:
Will and intention
A key factor in distinguishing a bad habit from an addiction or mental disease is
willpower. If a person can easily control over the behavior, then it is a habit.
Early Recognition: The sooner one recognizes these bad habits, the easier it is to
fix them. Habit elimination becomes more difficult with age because repetitions
Replacement: Rather than merely attempting to eliminate a bad habit, it may be
more productive to seek to replace it with a healthier coping mechanism.
Withdrawal of reinforcers: identifying and removing factors that trigger and
reinforce the habit. The basal ganglia appears to remember the context that
triggers a habit, so habits can be revived if triggers reappear.
The Golden Rule of Habit Change
Habits never really disappear. You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only
How the Golden Rule works:
1. Use the same cue
2. CHANGE THE ROUTINE!
3. Provide the same reward
5. Almost half of the actions that one perform each day are
Habits are powerful because of neurological cravings.
Habits works through the habit loop: 1: Cue, 2: Routine, 3:
Reward. And they are self reinforcing.
When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating
in decision making
The automatization of your actions free up energy that can
be used focus to other tasks. And hence good habits cause
less energy loss as there will be fewer interruptions.
Its Important for a nurse to Take control over his/her
habits:as brain can’t tell the difference between bad and
Use The Golden Rule to produce the right changes: 1: Use
the same cue 2: CHANGE THE ROUTINE! 3: Provide the
6. Time management
Asking for help
Making realistic Goals
Rewarding self for positive behavior