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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- Why is Changing a Habit So Challenging

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Quick bits of therapeutic info and learning, ideas, concepts, and quotes.

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3: Keys

2: Concepts

1: Quick Article

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

- Jim Rohn

Why is Changing a Habit So Challenging?
  • Neuroplasticity: Habits are deeply ingrained in neural pathways, making them resistant to change.

  • Comfort and Familiarity: Habits provide a sense of comfort and familiarity, making it difficult to break away from them.

  • Psychological Resistance: The brain resists change, as it prefers known routines, even if these routines are detrimental.

(More about these ‘Key Three of Habit Busting’ in an upcoming 3-2-1!)

A Couple of Concepts:

Are You An Overthinker?

In spite of what pop-IG or TikTock psychs promote, overthinking does have its plusses…

Positive View of Overthinking:

  • Analytical and thorough problem-solving. (Creatives! Artists! That’s us, too!)

  • Attention to detail and careful decision-making.

Negative View of Overthinking:

  • Excessive worry and rumination.

  • Difficulty making choices due to excessive analysis. (Analysis Paralysis, anyone?)

Wellness 101

Wellness is a multidimensional concept that encompasses physical, mental/intellectual, emotional, and social well-being—and we talk about this a LOT! Wellness goes beyond the mere absence of illness and emphasizes the pursuit of a balanced, productive, happy, and fulfilling life.

Key Dimensions of Wellness:

  1. Physical Wellness: Physical wellness focuses on maintaining a healthy body through regular physical activity, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and preventive health practices.

  2. Mental Wellness: Mental wellness involves cultivating emotional resilience, coping skills, and positive thinking patterns.

  3. Emotional Wellness: Emotional wellness entails understanding and managing one's emotions in a healthy and constructive manner rather than allowing the emotions to dictate the outcomes.  

  4. Social Wellness: Social wellness emphasizes the quality of one's relationships and sense of belonging in a community. A study by Berkman et al. (2019) reveals that strong social connections are associated with a lower risk of mortality and improved overall well-being.

A meta-analysis by Vaillant (2012) found that individuals who consistently engaged in wellness-promoting behaviors, such as regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and stress reduction, demonstrated a reduced risk of chronic diseases and experienced improved longevity.


Vaillant, G. E. (2012). Triumphs of experience: The men of the Harvard Grant Study. Harvard University Press.

Booth, F. W., Roberts, C. K., & Laye, M. J. (2012). Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases. Comprehensive Physiology, 2(2), 1143-1211.

Keyes, C. L. (2005). Mental illness and/or mental health? Investigating axioms of the complete state model of health. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 539-548.

Ryff, C. D., & Singer, B. (2008). Know thyself and become what you are: A eudaimonic approach to psychological well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 9(1), 13-39.

Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist, 56(3), 218-226.

Berkman, L. F., & Syme, S. L. (2019). Social networks, host resistance, and mortality: A nine-year follow-up study of Alameda County residents. American Journal of Epidemiology, 109(2), 186-204.

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