Then participants performed a second task in which the previously rewarded objects were irrelevant and no longer rewarded. He then tested their ability to ignore the objects that had been rewarded in the first stage.
Psychologist Joann Ludkins says it’s a good idea to start with mindfulness.
- Develop a clear understanding as to why you want to change,
- Think about all the benefits and the barriers to change,
- Develop some strategies to overcome the barriers you have identified
- Build your support network – think about people who will back you and avoid people who might inadvertently sabotage your efforts.
- Add professionals to your support network (your GP can help with any physiological addictions (such as alcohol or smoking) and it may be worth consulting a psychologist.
- Make a ‘relapse’ plan. What will you do to make sure that the relapse is only temporary?
- Start enjoying life without your everyday addiction.