Teenage Years and the Formation of Habits

Adolescents are responsible for shaping their own behavior when they reach independence.

Habits can have both good and bad effects on a young person. Good habits are self-maintaining and even self-enhancing,

while bad habits can lead to compulsions, obsessions, and addictions that can lead to unhappiness.

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Humans are creatures of habit, and how we behave today is how we will behave tomorrow. Conscious thought only determines some of our decision-making, 

Parents can help teens manage their bad habit of sleeping through their morning alarm, but without parental support away from home, 

Young people move away from home with personal baggage, such as procrastination, impulsive spending, and video and computer entertainment.

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Adolescents find that habit change is difficult to start and stop due to people's entrenched status quo.

Eating habits are difficult to change due to psychological and physical resistance.Diet success is short-term, but long-term weight loss is difficult.

 Reminders to regularly activate the habit, repetition to establish consistency of practice, and reward to recognize accomplishment.   

The three A's of retiring a bad habit are acknowledgement of the habit's negative consequences, assertion of commitment to change,

 Parents should help instill healthy habits of living in their adolescent where they can and give them a strategy for changing unhealthy habits.

Habits are learned patterns of behavior that become embedded in how we repeatedly function to conduct ourselves, take care of ourselves, and get things done.

 They operate largely unmindfully and create their own momentum from becoming desirable to do again.

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