Break unwanted patterns
Behavior patterns are not carved into your brain. If you don’t like what you do, you have to recognize the pattern and change it.
- Think of five patterns that you would like to break.
These patterns can be states of depression or passiveness, addiction (for example smoking), or negative thoughts about someone.
- Think about positive ways to interrupt these patterns.
If you are depressed, think about or remind yourself of a pleasant situation, watch a comedy, or spend time with a good (and funny) friend in a place that you enjoy. You will find that you can laugh. If you can smile in these situations, you can be in a good mood when you want to. It is up to you.
Instead of reaching for a cigarette, give your child a kiss or make small talk with a non-smoker. Find a way to break the pattern.
- Set up a plan to break the pattern in advance.
When you feel that a negative state is close, try to interrupt it before it arrives.
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