Money spent on addictions are equal to 1 half of money spent on food. We put in our bodies 5 trillion dollars of addictions; as such, our abilities, relationships, and planet suffer.
Some or us spend more money on consuming addiction, then we spend on food! On the flip side, just as we build immunity from flues; we build immunity from overcoming addictions. Many believe by overcoming addictions, we are stronger for it. With world wide virus and potential global recession forecasted, now is a great time to whip addiction, regain our self.
Are caffeine, video games, pot, sex, alcohol, enjoyments; one of life's pleasures?
Often started socially with friends, it may be difficult to think of as unhealthy. We may stay with habits for lack of something better. If you've had a parent, friend, hooked, then you might think it an addiction.
Sometimes addictions are grandfathered in.
Consumed without knowing if unhealthy, addiction can easily become part of society. Coca-Cola first contained cocaine, it was more like a tea. Some Drinks and Teas contained caffeine, opium, cocaine... very addictive. Trafficking that kind of cardo likely made ocean-travel dangerous, and pirate attacks justifiable!
Opium comes from Poppy flowers; that drink may have been called "pop" and "pop tea" perhaps were name "soda pop" / "popsicle" (not as addictive) and 'pop' break dance (healthy), came from. Likely babies and children were also giving drinks with caffeine, opium, cocaine. In areas of the world today, it is still not unheard of that parent mix brandy / alcohol in a baby bottle for young children believing it to be healthy.
Catching addiction can be similar to catching a flue! Imagine living your entire life with a flue, unaware of a hidden life of opportunities that await, like putting on glasses for the first time. LIke entering world as a whole differnt person - like yourself without any addiction.
If you want to be attractive /would like a girlfriend /boyfriend; i can promise you that if you accomplish quiting addictions, you will have alot of people attracted to you and interested in you.
Is likely people stay with habits for lack of something better. Addictions consume a lot of our time. DId you know, some people of great wealth and great world leaders live with entire lives with addictions?
Here's further insight about caffeine, video games, sex, alcohol.
Continue reading here below how to break any addiction.
- Lean more here about origins of addiction.
Commit 1 week!
Your worksheet can be an activity/game to make it fun, here are some examples using a google doc:
● If you want to own a s restaurant one day, style your workbook as a virtual restaurant.
● Turn worksheet into a favorite sport so that your playing a new team each week.
● If you wanted to play guitar with a band, style it with guitar /stadium, share your success with friends, invite them to try this, like adding band members.
✎ Try it Many people including Ben Franklin (at age 20) used a pocket notebook to track self improvement. Ben Franklin¹ link² link³
Add items to your worksheet, check off each item daily, it doesn't matter how well you do, what matters is that you check off items daily, at end of week do a journal review, you'll be super surprised.
Topics below each have at lease 1 video of people who back the topic. Watching a video per day is similar to reading; gives encouragement, insight & strength. After watching a video, consider emailing link of vid to a friend.
Until 1900's it was never at all possible (in human history) to keep a pen and notebook in your pocket to write in. Only possible since 1900's. Even using an ink feather pen was new, before that writing was a modern "profession", not to many people 'scribed' /wrote at all.
Like many others, Ben Franklin in his 20's used a journal worksheet to break free from stuff he read that (like a flue bug) created addictions in his life. He daily tracked his top character flaws. After I watched that documentary (23:00▶).
I decided to give that study journal idea a try myself; in my own life I became aware that I had formed very binding addictions, that (like a flue bug) I caught while, (of all things) doing volunteer work at my own expense, while in my 20’s. Now, many years later, it had compounded to form very binding addictions. By practicing that journal idea, broke all my compound addictions! Testimonial
I decided to try that study journal idea myself; in my own life I became aware that I had formed addictions that (like a flue bug) I caught while, (of all things) doing volunteer work while in my 20’s. Now, many years later, it had compounded to form very binding addictions. Now by practicing that journal idea, I broke all my addictions! Testimonial
It is possible our addictions are a direct cause of our pandemic. During our world wide virus epidemic, now is a great time to challenge our addictions.
With a pen, pocket journal, and worksheet (only possible since 1900’s) you can improve yourself, as well as break addiction. It’s a way to re-focus /course correct mentally away from what’s unhealthy. Quick review your worksheet upto 5 times a day.
Study yourself by daily journaling. Journaling is much more then writing about your day. With a journal you can analyze thoughts, improve decisions, learn, and develop yourself. Testimonial
Universities- higher education fields have produced professional journals for many years. link²
Quick review your notebook/ table-sheet (LINK) upto 5 times a day (to keep yourself on track). It is known that taking time out in thought, helps you find your center and refocus on what is import in ones life.
Using a notebook to write in is new since 1900's. Even using a feather with ink was modern. Previously writing was a "profession" (not to many people scribed /wrote at all).
Journaling didn't hardly exist at all! People used meditation, pictures, and objects. Think of reviewing your worksheet (LINK) throughout day as a way to re-focus and review your course correction away from addictions.
𑀫 Time out
Meditation is practiced world wide. It has been around thousands of years. It's encouraged in work places of Apple, Google, Yahoo…
Groups that teach meditation include Taoist, Buddhist, Islam, Hindu, and Christian monks, Yoga, Judaism, Christian & Catholic. It's proven in health & psychology orgs.
Muslims often do similar 5 times a day, to remember what is important. India has statues with many arms; one belief is meditation gives you many arms, you can accomplish much more with meditation. Here is how:
Take time out during your day; find a quite place, away from noise to think.
Very important to not focus on what your missing; not what you may have lost, and what's wrong with life. Instead focus only on what you do have & enjoy:
Ability to walk, talk, see and hear. Electricity, running water, hot water, toilets, shower, glasses, clothes, car / bike, ability to read, computer, language, communication, phone, writing. All of that was not available to any other human generations.
Some are in jail, some homeless, confined, and live in areas of war. During your time out, only think of you have. Afterword's, consider making a journal entry, optionally Consider one thing you might change /do, to be appreciative.
If you try that daily, you'll find your problems & life obstacles will begin moving out of your way. Note: Many leaders, famous ppl and athletes mediate.
Meditation is one way to adjust your mind, reframe what's important.
Nearly all animals exercise: That one reason they're healthy.
Suprisingly, exercise was never a virtue, that reminder was not needed, most people worked and sweat. Average human life span was perhaps 30 years of age. Because of that it didn't make into scripture & holy write, there for it is not often mentioned. Now with sit down jobs and living three times as long, much of humanity suffers from lack of daily cardio. (LINK)
If you can get over that inconvenient feeling (at the thought of exercise) and do it anyways (at home and or jog) then once finished, make a journal entry of how you feel before and after. You'll be insanely surprised.
Add this to your workbook list. Commit to 1 week, remember, success is not whether you exercised that day, success is whether you checked of the box (either ✓Yes /*No); simply keeping a daily record, then reviewing it at the end of the week surprisingly brings success. Not whether you succeeded in exercised that day, grade your success on daily documenting & journaling to self on results.
If you grade yourself on whether you exercised or not, you're more likely to fail, only grade your success based on whether you reviewed your workbook (checked off item) and did a week review.
Cardio is most neglected of all habits. Has a huge impact on our state of mind and ability to be optimistic under stress. A small % of people exercise to much.
If you grow up very active as kid, then jogging exercise could seem kind of odd.
If you grow up without being very active as kid, then jogging exercise can still seem kind of odd.
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Music has a big influence on mood. If you listen to music, be conscious of how you feel afterwards. Perhaps most important make a journal entry of how you felt before and after.
Music motivates though can become distractive. Non-radio music includes: theme songs, instrumental, meditative, mantra, marching bands, as well as things of nature like wind chimes, water chimes, water falls & fountains. A modern wind chime is very inexpensive. If the wind alive, can it play music?
You may find yourself being more selective in music, & change up your play lists. Many people don't listen live radio & internet radio, including Monks, spiritualists, people of religion, and ordinary people. Try not listening to music radio /internet radio 1 week, journal how you feel after.
In whipping my own addictions, I noticed I listened to radio less and less.
Try and spend time outdoors regularly. Try and jog, run, hike outdoors. If you work from home, trying doing some work outside if option exists.
As a small business owner I can choose who to hang out with. If you work in a company and cannot choose who you work with. You can still choose were to spend lunch breaks. You can share you experience with this site challenge (LINK) to others and with your team, anyone at your work that it might help, including your boss.
Working on yourself with others as a team can also give support to each other and make you stronger. As a result of breaking your addictions, you likely will find new opportunities that open to you at work and with relationships.
⸙ Eating healthy
Eating healthy helps your mind and body. Lots of veggies, a good amount of grains, and some fruit.
Instead of Meat, substitutes like walnuts, almonds, beans, soybeans, lentils... are very healthy to your body.
Many store foods contain sugar additives that are addictive. Sugar and hot spice hide actual quality of main ingredient. This video that will change how you think of food:
Beautiful Truth |
Dr. Max Gerson's
If you're a snacker, snack on things like celery, carrots, lettuce, radishes, berries. Starting a veggie garden is fun and healthy.
If you have struggled with cutting weight. This webpage's journal method (LINK) can help you replace food cravings with a healthy life without spending any money.
Commit to it for 7 days. Like cardio,LINK Grade your success not on how well you do; grade your success on whether you filled out your workbook /checked off the item (either ✓Yes happy /*No didn't do well); a perfect score is checking off each item, regardless of how well you did. That keeps away discouragment and drives success.
Remenber don't grade yourself whether you succeeded in eating healthy that day and that week, grade your success on daily checked off your workbook LINK & journaling your experince. Keep an end of week review. Try it you'll be impressed.
Note: If you grade yourself on whether you eat healthy, you're more likely to fail, only grade your success based on whether you reviewed your workbook (checked off item) and journal a week review.
If you end up saving money. Consider doing something special with that money you saved. Else use that money to do something kind for someone. (VID LINK)
Note: Not many people think of this, though for thousands of years people lived forced to move often, and to hunt food. Most work was labor, no wash machines, no dishwashers, no tvs, computers, Cars. Most people walked, ran, and some road hoarse. People worked and sweat most of the day. Now with refrigerators, tuns of conveniences and foods & with addictive sweeteners, in order to stay mentally healthy, our bodies, like animals require daily exercise.
Bed early has huge impact on your health and state of mind. It's proven that you do better with not staying up late. Ideas for getting to bed early:
- Set alarm before sundown to plan tomorrow.
- Set a stop time (if your self employed)
- (VID LINK)
Plan next day: In evening organize your day, while thoughts are fresh in your mind. That way in morning you don't have to try and recall thoughts from yesterday. (VID LINK)
Review your to-do list and plans from day-before; adjust plans for the day.
Keeping an organized room, work space, and a clean computer desktop helps with healthy results.
Take time throughout day to clean, both on computer and personal space.
Consider taking a quick second to be helpful to clean something that is helpful to another person; though not to become a dependent. (VID LINK)
🛆 Traps to Avoid
With addiction, create a "list of things to avoid" e.g. thoughts & places that encourage that habit.
Put away / sell / throw out items that are unhealthy, and provoke thoughts toward that habit.
Don't hang out in places that encourage that addiction: websites, people, places/environments.
Also see: Discouragement, anger/frustration.
It's common to get discouraged. If so, add discouragement to your list for 1 week. You can beat it, as it usually leads back to a bad habit. When you think discouraging thoughts; at that time note what's on your mind.
Since thinking those thoughts only bring more discouragement, the secret is be aware of what your focusing on; instead shift your focus to only on what you do have, and your strengths. You may have more then others, focus to only what you have control, this is hardest the first week, after that it gets easier, you mind wants to say wait, I've lost this much / I've been wronged… instead jump over those thoughts.
When disheartened, try this:
- Meditation focus: see topic on meditation.
- Write down what's bothering you, it can help to write it on paper. testimon
- Here are some cool videos about dodging discouragement. Vids
- If you find other Vids, please post them here on this worksheet.
Just as above with discouragement, anger works very similar. The same method above to champion discouragement works with anger.
It's common to get angary. If so, add anger to your list for 1 week. You can beat it, as it usually leads back to a bad habit. When you think angary thoughts; at that time note what's on your mind.
Since thinking those thoughts only bring more anger, the secret is be aware of what caused the anger. Instead shift your focus on yourself, on what you have control. This is usually hardest the first week, after that it gets easier, you mind wants to say wait, I've been wronged… instead jump over angary thoughts.
- See topic re Meditation.
- Write down what's bothering you, it can help to write it on paper. testimon LINK
- Here are some cool videos about anger. Vids
- If you find other Vids, please post them here on this worksheet.
For thousands of years it has been known that you obtain great health and wisdom from fasting.
Here are some tips to the fast:
- Try going 24hrs without eating and drinking.
- Start: It helps to have a purpose to your fast. E.G. how can I whip my bad habits.
- While fasting, avoid heavy exercise, as well as noisy places.
- Healthy things to do while fasting are reading, watching vids of topics related to what your fasting about.
- At end of your 24 yr fast, Take a time out, do a quick meditation: gather your thoughts, consider what you've thought about, studied, review journal notes, note new thoughts. Adjust /add item to your workbook.
- Gandhi often fasted in hopes to achieve something that was a current event that he was likely envolved with.
- Some people fast 1 full day each month, (without food & drink). Fasting has health benefits; and helps with insight to that purpose their fasting for.
- Consider giving that money you'd spend on those 2 meals to some one. Else use that money to do something helpful for someone.
- Here are cool vids: wisdom from fasting. LINK
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SUMMARY OF ABOVE — BREAK ADDICTION
● Don't grade yourself on how well you do, grade your success on if you daily checkoff of worksheet items:
1. Daily checkoff each item as iether ✓did / *didnt do add notes. Do an end of week review LINK.
2. At start of each week review your worksheet,LINK re-prioritize your items for upcoming week.
Doing just that should bring you success
● Make it fun: turn that your tableLINK into an activity, a game, something cool.
● Turn your journal worksheet items into an acronym so that they are easy to remember, and easy to explain to others. After breaking addictions, you may likely want to
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