We all have our ups and downs—hey, life’s a roller coaster, right? But what happens when that roller coaster feels like it’s only going downhill? Today, we’re diving into a topic we could all use a little refresher on: recognizing and correcting unhealthy patterns and bad habits. And lucky for us, we have Laura Bodner, a fantastic Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Life Coach, to help guide us through this!

What’s an Unhealthy Pattern Anyway?

Think of unhealthy patterns like tracks in the snow; the more you walk the same path, the deeper the tracks become, making it hard to step outside of them. These could be anything from negative self-talk, doom scrolling, staying up super late despite early mornings, eating too much fast food, to more dangerous issues like eating disorders or substance abuse.

Why Do We Do It?

Here’s the kicker. We often stick to these unhealthy patterns because they’re *comfortable*. Yep, you read that right. Even though they’re bad for us, they offer a sense of predictability and comfort. Sort of like that old, worn-out t-shirt you can’t bring yourself to throw away.

 The Consequences

These patterns may feel good in the moment, but they can have long-lasting impacts on our physical and mental health. Weight gain, chronic fatigue, and decreased work performance are just a few of the downsides. But here’s where Laura comes into play.

How Laura Can Help

Laura Bodner isn’t just any therapist; she’s your personal guide to self-awareness. Working alongside her, you’ll learn to identify your unhealthy patterns and come up with actionable steps to correct them. Sometimes you need that objective eye to help you see what’s holding you back. Laura uses a variety of techniques tailored to your specific needs. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, and that’s what makes it so effective.

How to Start the Process

  1. Self-Awareness The first step in changing any habit is recognizing it. Take a week to jot down your actions and feelings. You might start seeing a pattern.
  2. Identify Triggers What sets you off? Stressful day at work? A particular social setting? Knowing this can help you avoid the initial push toward the unhealthy pattern.
  3. Make a Plan Okay, you know the what and the why, now let’s tackle the how. Develop a plan that guides you towards healthier choices when triggers arise.
  4. Seek Professional Guidance Sometimes, you need a little extra push and an expert’s insights. That’s where Laura comes in. She’ll guide you through your journey, offering support and proven strategies.

Ready to Take the Leap?

If you’re tired of the same old loops and ready for some life-changing insights, then it’s time to reach out to Laura Bodner. Visit her website, therapywithlaura.com, to book a session and start your journey toward breaking those unhealthy patterns.

We’re all works in progress, but having a pro like Laura on your team can make the ride a whole lot smoother. So, let’s get to work on becoming the best versions of ourselves, shall we?