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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2015 Sep;53(9):24-30. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20150821-01.

The Force of Habit: Creating and Sustaining a Wellness Lifestyle.


Regardless of an individual's mental health status, habits are difficult to establish and/or eliminate. Given the importance of good habits to overall health and wellness, nurses and other mental health service providers need to understand the force of habits (positive and negative), factors that make habit change difficult, and approaches that are likely to facilitate building and maintaining good habits. The current article provides a cursory overview of several factors (i.e., motivation, will-power, and rewards) that impact habit formation. Relevant theories and research are presented. Habit formation can be fostered through a careful analysis of current behaviors, specific and measurable short-term goals or objectives, and a detailed action plan.

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