Making and Breaking Habits To Build The Best You | Linda Gerber
Turn your bad habits into a prey animal
ON THIS EPISODE:
Success coach Linda Gerber returns to discuss the road map for designing your ideal lifestyle and habits.
TURN YOUR BAD HABITS INTO A PREY ANIMAL
The COVID-19 Pandemic has left many people confused about how to best manage public health.
Lockdowns? Forced vaccination? Health passports? I maintain the best public health policy is a robust education on personal health policy. That's why I'm talking about HABITS today.
Obesity and smoking are two of the biggest comorbidities of Coronavirus.
These are two risk factors completely inside everyone's control. And they kill you whether you catch a virus or not.
I spoke with success coach Linda Gerber on my podcast this week about HABITS.
Habits are something we *talk* about in the medical world, but very few of my colleagues know how to get patients to stick to their habits.
This is because Doctors get paid when you're continually sick.
Success coaches get paid to help you win, and if they cant help you win then they stop getting paid.
And they know victory is not easily attained through a single burst of will.
Victory is a mountain that you climb slowly - one good day at a time. We build good days with good habits.
Let's ignore tactics to "quit smoking" or "lose weight." If shallow tactical advice worked then we'd all be billionaires.
We need to apply psychology to understand WHY you're in love with your bad habits. You smoke, drink, overeat, gamble because it IS helpful.
They help you feel good, numb pain, forget trauma, comfort yourself, ignore loneliness and hide from your real problems. That's a tremendously great service these habits provide you with.
After years of bad habits people will think "My life is terrible because I drink/smoke/eat too much" This is untrue.
You don't hate your life because you have bad habits. You have bad habits because you hate your life.
Step one in recovering from any addiction is to admit you have a problem.
Your problem probably isn't the drinking, smoking or overeating.
Your problem is the thing that makes you want to drink, smoke and over eat.
A patient needed help to quit drinking, which he thought was responsible for his high blood pressure.
The man hated his narcissistic abusive boss. I said "Your blood pressure isn't because of your drinking. It's all stress from your boss."
With all patients looking to change their habits I don't encourage them to use any tactics like daily checklists, or accountability partners, or affirmations. I encourage them to pay attention.
If you want to get rid of a bad habit, realize that it has a life of it's own and it needs to die. It must become a prey animal.
You must become a hunter.
Watch where the prey moves, when it emerges, why it recedes, and what it wants.
Which brings me back to COVID. Most people tend to get depressed when they can't see other human beings for 14 months at a time.
Depression makes people want to eat, drink and smoke.
Eating, drinking and smoking cause the comorbidities for COVID 19. The more people get COVID 19, the longer the lockdowns go on.
We have entered an inescapable feedback loop. The vaccine will potentially help remove individual strains of the virus, but we now have "new strains" on a frequent basis.
Vaccinating the virus away is an impossible pipe dream. And the lockdown solution is replacing the conditions of social spread of the disease with conditions of comorbidity.
Watch your daily routine in lockdown.
Notice if loneliness, lack of mobility, or a yearning to go outside cause you to seek out bad habits.
Instead of using smokes, alcohol or junk food... Go outside.
Be in the sun.
Replace the bad habits with good habits.
Replace the reasons your life sucks with a lifestyle that you naturally enjoy.
And as a nation we can replace the worst public health policy on Earth with an anti-fragile, healthy, strong population.