We offer mental health support in Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

It’s likely that on January 1st of this year and maybe every year, you made some New Year Resolutions. But do you always stick to them? It’s thought that only 10% of people will stick to their resolutions. So how can we turn those resolutions and other promises we make to ourselves into habits?

Apparently, if you make a resolution or a promise you are 10 times more likely to turn it into a habit than someone who made no resolutions but had the same goals. 

Interestingly, one recent study found that it can take up to 254 days (Just over 8 months) to form a new habit or to break an old one. 

It does not matter if you take time to start your resolutions or any promise you make yourself. What matters is that you engage in some specific behaviours. These behaviours, if they are undertaken on a long-term basis will result in long-term changes in the brain. 

If you have a healthy brain, it’s easier for you to make a positive change or break a bad habit. This is all thanks to the brain’s executive function. The brain’s executive function controls reasoning, decision making, and planning. If this part of your brain is healthy, you could find it easier to make changes. If you have anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, a severe addiction or OCD, you could find it harder to make a change. However, it is always possible for you to strengthen your self-control and focus.

Auto-pilot

Have you ever walked into a room during a power cut and automatically turned on a light switch? You do this because the basal ganglia part of your brain (Your auto-pilot, as such) is at work. You do things that you don’t need to consciously think about.

It’s this part of the brain that turns your habits

(“I’ll go for a walk every day”)   

into a habit directed action

(“When I get up I’ll have breakfast and go for a walk”).

This is where you can help yourself develop and stick to new habits.  

If you engage you engage in your new habits every day or every other day, you’re more likely to find yourself engrossed in your task. This is because your brain will release dopamine which boosts your mood and makes you feel more motivated.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk