Ever thought…“I need to stop smoking“ Please read more!
It is often said that we are creatures of habit. From the moment one wakes, a series of acts are put into motion. Over a period of time and without notice, these subtle acts can become habitual. Take a step back and analyse the many actions you complete from the start of your day to the end. Very soon you will notice patterns, in your actions. This can be as simple as brushing your teeth or showering every morning, consuming vitamins or supplements, having a particular coffee or Starbucks treat in the morning, checking facebook as we start our day at the office, having a particular lunch at a particular restaurant, drinking coffee to get you through the afternoon of work. The list of these actions can be very lengthy and unique to each individual. However the one commonality we would all agree on regarding these habits or actions is the importance they play on getting us through our hectic and stressful days. Essentially our behaviors are often influenced by a constant interaction of our environmental and social factors that exist in our day to day lives.
This simple yet complex interaction can be described as the social cognitive theory
These habits can have both positive and negative effects on our overall health. Because we are drawn to completing these habits in our daily life, the effects both positive and negative can have exponentially compounding impacts. We often link certain actions or habits with our external stimuli, certain environmental cues, or social factors that would influence our will to complete a habit or not. These stresses can take any shape, but almost always push us to react by completing a certain action. An individual hoping to look their best at an upcoming vacation or wedding would be extremely motivated to get active and eat healthy. Or if many of your personal and work friends live healthy active lifestyles, you may be more inclined because of the environmental and social factors that influence your behaviors. An individual in a work environment where many of their peers smoke on breaks, or when out for lunch, or whenever you are sitting in traffic, or smoking while out for a drink, if your external influences encourage smoking there is a high probability that you will as well. Your social and environmental cues dictate you smoke to process these external stimuli.