Rewiring A Hardwired Addiction

Good Morning!

I trust you are gearing up for a lovely weekend - in Australia its a Grand Final weekend.  This commonly means that the 2 day period - where men and women all over our country literally bunker down into a preemptive cataclysmic hollering mess of mostly yellow food and beverages (with some brown and clear variations in both) - is upon us.

Its not easy to swing against the tide on these and similar spectator sporting weekends but if we don't swing away between them, these weekends can merge into months, years, solid habits, rituals and harshly protected sacred projects.  These become the fabric of our lifestyles, which sometimes become tricky to break from the older we get.

Unbeknownst to many of us, the habits we form also change the way our brains wire itself to adapt to the external and internal environment it is being exposed to.  If our habits are destructive, so to will the outcome in the brain structure and function.  Most of your sudden mood swings and fluctuations in appetite, sleep, thirst and concentration will be governed by the chemistry in our brains, stemming from your lifestyle choices and habits.  Of most important to note is dopamine - a neurotransmitter that speaks to your reward centre, that keeps you calm, out of anxiety's clutches and feeling good about life.

A lifetime of regular and frequent alcohol, recreational drug and unnatural food chemistry exposure can create a life defining change in the shape and density of your brain which will affect you in ways you aren't knowingly aware of.  Most of us will admit to having a vice, or even NEEDING one.  Whilst that is partially true, our reward centre does seek a chemical hit of something to trigger the good feels - we often confuse ourselves to think we need alcohol or need some sugar to feel better about ourselves, but a little exercise, a visit to the seaside, massage or aromatherapy oils will effect the same changes.

Fortunately - your brain is neuroplastic - meaning it can change it's shape and dimensions in response to positive changes as well as negative ones.  The first task at hand is to take an inventory of your day to day, hour to hour habits, own that they exist and then move towards replacing those with better, health supporting habits. If you struggle to do this, get support - its not initially easy to do this health shift, but it does get easier!

Whilst this sounds like a simplistic truth, the truth is - it takes a simple decision to change to get the ball rolling.  The chemistry will fight against you for a little while (which is remedied over time by a blend of carefully prescribed nutrients and herbal medicine to shift gears smoothly) - that is normal and expected.

Remember - what once was a fresh and optimistic healthy brain can once again experience the greatness of being habit free or a better managed one.

For more information on how you can effect better habit changes in your lifestyle, support your transitions away from lifestyle choices or simply feel better flow of your moods, contact us by reply to this blog for a tailored program suited to you.