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New Audio Helps Kick Bad Habits and Make Positive Changes

07 Apr

A compilation of sources suggests the most common bad habit is snacking (which people define as mindless over-eating, not to feed hunger but simply a habitual action) followed by the tic-like habits, such as nail-biting, knuckle-cracking, leg-jiggling and gum-snapping.  According to sources like Prevention, WebMD, Health.com and Healthy Living Magazine, the most common bad health habits are smoking, substance abuse, over-eating and sitting for long periods (is sitting a habit?-maybe if it’s coupled with number 5, watching too much TV). Of the most common financial bad habits, over-spending (shopping addiction) was clearly the winner. Failure to pay bills (deal with financial issues) on time came in second.

Several sources, reported on the most common workplace habits that can sabotage a career. Topping that list is habitual tardiness, fidgeting, noisy eating (this one surprised me but it might also refer to snacking) and the use of “Um or ah” during conversation.

At my Toastmasters club, we have a little bell, the kind you see on the counter of an office to signal you need assistance. We take turns in speaking roles. Everyone has some type of speaking assignment at every meeting, and we take turns being ‘ah-master,’ the one who rings the bell when anyone uses “Um or ah,” in conversation and keeps track of how many dings each person gets.  It works quite well, and because the Toastmasters are a supportive, jovial bunch, it’s done in good humor and it is helpful, rather than critical.
 
Try it at home. Ask someone to ring the bell for you and see how many times you use those fillers in your conversation. For a while, I held the record at 17 during a two-minute impromptu speech, but within months I could make a ten-minute speech without a single one. The bell really gets the habit out of your speech quickly, and that made me think about how our new audio program works. For me, it seems to operate similarly.

With all those bad habits to choose from, we can be thankful Dr. Traci Stein came along just in time with her new program Creating Positive Change to help us kick the habit, whatever it might be.

Once again, she has encouraged us to move forward on our individual paths, and as usual, she gives us no place to hide from the positive changes we have been longing to make. Many customers have called us to order her recent audio on Procrastination, and joked that they finally got around to doing it. However, from what we hear, once they listened to it, there was no room for excuses.

Stein has done it again with a long-awaited CD on changing old habits and establishing positive ones. Creating Positive Change is available for pre-orders. The MP3 is available in our Online Store and the CD should be in our warehouse by the end of the month.

Here at Health Journeys, we loved the new audio program, and we liked that it contains four segments on one disc: Introduction, Creating Positive Change While Awake, Affirmations and Creating Positive Change during Sleep. This is a powerful audio program, combining mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy and comprehensive understanding of social science research on habitual attitudes and behavior.
 
The Awake Imagery encourages change through profound relaxation, visualization and a heart-felt sense of well-being, while the Sleep Imagery promotes restorative sleep and fosters positive change during sleep. A bonus Affirmations Track delivers potent affirmations to bolster the entire process.
 

Belleruth and Traci Stein at Audio Recording Studios, in Northeast Ohio

This new program certainly covers the bases, and after listening to it only a few times, I find myself making positive choices without even thinking about why. One of those changes involves taking more time for meditation.

In his book, Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives, Thích Nhất Hạnh  explains that we not only have physical habits that bug us, but mental ones, as well. “We have negative mental habits that come up over and over again. One of the most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly allowing our mind to run off into the future. Carried away by our worries, we're unable to live fully and happily in the present. Deep down, we believe we can't really be happy just yet—that we still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life. We continually chase after the future, even while we sleep.”
 
It seems we would be so much more at peace if we could just master that one mental habit.
 
As always, we at Health Journeys send our good wishes and we welcome your comments.

Maggie DeMellier

Maggie DeMellier has been Health Journeys go-to customer service representative and marketing associate since March 2012. She worked as a surgical technician and pharmacy technician before she earned a BA in Mass Media Communication at The University of Akron. She operates a freelance writing business, specializing in medical ads, news articles, police blotters, features and business writing.  She was a teacher at a career college for six years, and earned a MA in Forensic Psychology in 2010. Maggie is the co-author of Parenting by Law or Grace, published by Synchronisity Press, in 2004.