Habits are a part of life, and good habits make life much easier as they stop us wasting time and energy on having to consciously think about everything we do.
Many people have a habit they would like to stop, but find, that willpower and making New Year's resolutions don’t last. Habits develop when the primitive, emotional part of the brain creates a link between a feeling and an action. You feel the need for a break at work so go outside for a cigarette; you feel stressed and find biting your nails calming or you feel a bit down and reach for the comfort food. If we do the same thing often enough that thought pattern imprints itself on our mind. From here it slips into ‘automatic’ and starts to control us!