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Feel stuck in a rut? Do you feel like it's impossible to lose a few excess pounds or stay committed to a new exercise program? Changing old behaviors to new ones can be daunting -- is it possible to actually "reprogram" your brain to throw out those old unhealthy habits and start fresh in a new direction?
Read on to understand more about retraining the brain and creating new habits to start feeling better today.
It is widely believed that the fully developed adult brain cannot be changed, and that damage to the brain is permanent, but is it? Modern research by neuroscientists shows that adult brains can be rewired to reverse certain pathophysiologies (the physiology of abnormal states; specifically the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease) and bypass structural damage. There’s a term to describe the brain’s ability to change in order to improve functioning: neuroplasticity. Those who have developed sensitivity to certain stimuli due to trauma and invisible illnesses have been found to benefit from brain training programs. However, anyone can work toward creating new connections and create healthier brain function and habits. This can benefit those looking to make relatively small changes, such as improving health regimens, eliminating harmful activities like smoking, and changing patterns of undesired thoughts.
One way to change an old habit is to replace it with a new habit. This starts with becoming more mindful and aware of our actions and thoughts. Look for your triggers. Do feelings of boredom, depression or stress appear to start the craving? It is then possible to see what may have led to those feelings and stop them before they begin. Awareness of our feelings and actions can help with the creation of new and healthier habits.
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For some, positive rewards can provide additional motivation. There are many ways to begin developing better habits to improve physical, mental or emotional well-being. A great way to begin the brain retraining process is to get a 360 degree view of your health. CareSpot Urgent Care offers a variety of wellness checks and diagnostic services to help you identify potential health issues and begin developing new, healthier habits.