When you’re trying to break a bad habit, even the word “habit” can develop a nasty connotation, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Imagine what your life would be like without any habits at all; the very process of getting out of bed and getting ready for work each morning would leave you utterly exhausted and overwhelmed before you even stepped out the door.
Habits allow us to perform mundane tasks without thinking about them, leaving the brain free to focus on more important matters instead of figuring out how to work a toothbrush every morning.
Yet, as beneficial as habits can be most of the time, breaking a bad habit can truly change your life for the better. Once a habit has become ingrained, however, it may seem impossible to break. This difficulty in breaking a habit can be traced to neural pathways in the brain, which can be tough to remove or alter once they’ve been established.