We define a habit as a practice that we repeat in time in a systematic way. We are not born with habits, but we are acquiring them as our experience. Some examples can be when we brush our teeth before bedtime, when we take the elevator from home or when we light a cigarette just out of work. The feeling we have when we conduct these behaviors is that we do not have to “retrain” them. We’re in automatic mode. We don’t have to think about what action goes first, what elements we have to use, how long it takes to run…. What’s more, we can sometimes be conducting those behaviors while we do others. Why does that happen? It is a simple yet complex “saving system” that our brain has to leave us more “space, energy and free resources” in order to attend other behaviors that require conscious attention.
But how does this influence when trying to modify any of these habits or when we want to buy a new one?. It tends to be something expensive and complicated but not impossible why? Thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brain, which allows to modify its structures and its functions.
From a scientific point of view, neurons that are activated in a habit, which is repetitive, they “light” at the same time as those that are activated with those of the “automatic” response to that fact, which will cause the nerve cells of both groups of neurons to connect CA It gives more and more, to each other. That is, that the more times we repeat a behavior, the easier we will be having in its start up and execution, to the point that will become part of our routine habits. Hence we have always heard the need to repeat a behavior 21 times to end up forming part of our routine.
We could then conclude that if we are disciplined and repeat, repeat and repeat…. we will end up getting what we want. Or not? On many occasions, our own experience proves otherwise. What can be happening to us then?
It has been shown that emotions play a fundamental role in learning. They are the experiences that generate emotional impact (either positive or negative) that end up leaving us a “footprint”. And that footprint is real, as they also modify the synaptic connections of certain brain areas. So, sometimes, as much as we try to convince with real data about the benefits of physical exercise in our health (for example), this message does not just “calar” in our lives if it is not accompanied by an emotional impact.
It is for this reason that in is-WELL we work the modification or the development of new habits from a multidimensional perspective, with specialized techniques in each one of these areas. The experience of the participants who have already followed our guidelines confirms the effectiveness of the same!