Rewire the brain to be rid of bad habits

Neuroplasticity refers to the dynamism of neural structure in our brains. – FILE PIC

NEUROPLASTICITY refers to the dynamism of neural structure in our brains. Studies have shown that our neurons are capable of adapting to change within days if we deliberately practise something that we want to master.

It relates to the saying “practice makes perfect”. Neuroplasticity plays a key role in evolutionary adaptation to support mankind to learn from experience and continue to survive.

For instance, a person who struggles to get up early in the morning faces the challenge of maintaining punctuality. This can be changed by practising a routine of sleeping and waking up early.

Within two to three weeks of practice, he will naturally wake up early and may find it difficult to wake up late as a result of the newly formed neural network in the brain.

A right-handed person, I challenged myself to write with my left hand. I started practising daily and, to my surprise, I could write sentences within a few weeks. As months passed by, I became ambidextrous.

With neuroplasticity, we can change our unwanted habits as well as make adjustments to life events.

For example, if you feel reading is a difficult task, try reading a paragraph per day consistently for one to two weeks without giving up and you may find yourself becoming passionate about reading.

Any newly formed neural network gets stronger with repetition and intensity. It weakens and fades away if no practice or stimuli is given.

If you continuously rehearse a particular activity over a period of time, it becomes second nature. This is the power of neuroplasticity.

We normally avoid the behavioural changes by saying it is too difficult to carry out. In order to form the new neural network, we should adhere to the change process for a few weeks or even months.

With neuroplasticity, you have the power to rewire your brain.

By VIGNESWARAN KANNAN -

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