Deep Rooted Habits
When I was younger my family subscribed to the “clean plate policy”. This means you eat everything on your plate before you leave the table. I distinctly remember my mom putting a timer on the table to give me an allotted time to finish my meal or it was straight to bed! I also recall hiding food when everyone had left the table to make it look like I had cleaned up my entire plate.
As I got older and my parents came to terms with my stubbornness they shifted their perspective into “this is what’s for dinner. If you don’t like it, you know how to make yourself a PB&J.”
My parents believed in the clean slate policy because their parents ALSO subscribed to the clean plate policy. My grandparents were that of a generation of scarcity. You were luck to have anything on your plate and you weren’t promised another decent meal. Therefore they passed on the “eat everything on your plate” rule to my parents who initially and unknowingly tried to pass it onto me and my brother.
My point is that our habits are created over time, and sometimes are passed down from previous generations. They can be deep rooted in emotions, past experiences and take time to unravel, unpack and then change.
So if you are on a road of changing your habits for healthier more suitable ones for you life, then it’s beneficial to realize where your habits came from in the first place. Only then are you able to truly understand the triggers and catalyst behind your habits.
We all have habits that don’t serve us anymore. It’s time we unpack them and swap them out or alter them so they help you live your best life.
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