A Habit Change Exercise

Habit change can be challenging, so it helps to know if the benefit of a change will outweigh the effort involved. Today we’re sharing an exercise that will help you approach habit change the way a psychologist might: methodically and in small steps.

This episode presents an excerpt from the audiobook The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It. Written by psychologist Shawn Smith, this audiobook helps listeners override the mind’s natural impulses toward worry, self-criticism, and fear and act in ways that promote emotional well-being.

 

What’s in this episode?

In today’s episode, Dr. Smith shares an exercise that’s designed to help you with habit change. You’ll learn what kind of changes will have the most benefit for you. These changes might be in the realm of diet, exercise, sleep, or any other lifestyle change you might be contemplating. The exercise helps you to experiment with small behavior changes to evaluate if they’ll ultimately be beneficial for you.

This audiobook is about living with our minds when our minds are driving us crazy. It’s about understanding what the mind is doing, why it is doing it, and how we can live our lives anyway. It is about gently taking the reins when our minds are blocking our way.

Dr. Shawn Smith

The User's Guide to the Human Mind

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