Nov 7, 2020

New Year's Resolutions And Breaking Bad Habits

Common New Years Resolutions Are About Breaking Bad Habits You Learned As A Child.

Smoking injury and resolutionsEach new year is a time for people to think about changes to make in their lives. Common New Year's resolutions include quitting smoking, losing weight, and exercising more. Sometimes, we see these changes as a "small" part of ourselves, but they are far-reaching and affect the whole person. Once you understand this, your chances of achieving success are much higher. A qualified professional is an excellent resource to help you enact your resolution.

I am Michael Ehline, and I am a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, specializing in injuries caused by one of the top 5 accidents in Los Angeles. After years of working hand in hand with scientists, engineers, and medical experts during civil case litigation, I have become an expert on many topics. Below I will discuss breaking bad habits that can be magnified by a car accident brain or emotion-based injury.

Having recovered over $100 Million for people harmed in accidents causing cognitive problems, I have the authority, expertise, and trust to deliver the message I am about to share with you. So let's get started. After an accident with an impact to the head, a given up or already bad habit can return or become magnified. Think about the auto accident victim who is so severely injured in a collision that he or she can no longer work at their old job.

What if this person has been sober for three years after getting arrested for a DUI. So after undergoing AA and MADD classes, you are now sobered up. But currently, the lonely, unemployed accident victim, you decide to start hitting the bottle again. So depression sets in at light speed, and thoughts of suicide are upon you. Or let's say you were an occasional drinker, but now you resemble the village drunk! Either way, people rely on you, and you can't take the easy way out. And you have New Years coming up, and you know you have a problem.

  • So you resolve. "I quit."

But these changes are hard to make alone, but many people do succeed on their own. Whether you go it alone or with professional help, your success involves making conscious, informed selections about your resolutions. It also requires analyzing your past for patterns and taking stock of your current environment and habits.

Past Events And Environmental Factors.

Suppose your New Year resolves to quit smoking. Perhaps you have tried time and time again to quit previously, but this upcoming year feels different. You are confident about success. You even draw up a detailed plan about how you plan to stop. There's no way it fails. Unfortunately, it might, just like all these other times. For the best chance of success, take a look at your life.

Ask questions such as:

  • Who in your life smokes?
  • Who smoked when you were a child?
  • What links do/did these people make between smoking and individual behaviors and habits?
  • What are the values and behaviors you associate with smoking?
  • When and why do you smoke?

As you review your past, you may realize that both of your parents smoked when you were a child and that your mother emphasized smoking as a way to calm her nerves. She often said something like, "Work stressed me out so much. I need a cigarette."

Meanwhile, every time you asked your parents to try a cigarette, they laughed and made you feel tiny. They would say, "Cigarettes are for grownups." So, from a young age, you prized cigarettes as something special, something adult. Jumping to your present-day environment, you may have habits such as smoking with your morning coffee or smoking after a meal.

You might smoke as a way of socializing with co-workers or to soothe your nerves, just like your mother soothed hers. You discover that smoking is an emotional outlet and that it is deeply ingrained in your daily routines. A qualified professional can help you analyze your past related to the behavior and examine current environmental factors and daily routines. The aim is to incrementally change the links between smoking and your daily routine/overall behaviors.

Personal Change Comes Hard.

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Changing just one part of yourself can have tremendous ripple effects on other areas of your life. There's a reason that personal change comes hard. You are not changing just one thing. You are changing a lot of things. For example, if you stop smoking when you feel anxious, your anxiety may increase unless you find another outlet. When these changes are wrong and follow a car accident, you will face frustrating legal challenges beyond the normal.

Many behaviors are automatic. But sometimes, a bad slip and fall at a grocery store or fast food joint can make you bang your head and damage your brain. When you lose your job or can no longer engage in sexual relations, it harms your self-image and makes you depressed. And it may magnify problems from your past as a coping mechanism. For instance, negative self-talk in many people happens naturally without their conscious thought. Working on it is a gradual, multi-step process that requires self-awareness, especially when trying to restart your life after someone personally injures you or your loved ones.

A professional guides you into a better understanding of your issues and their scope from a historical viewpoint. Other medical experts and specialists can help you discover what ails you and what it will cost to treat. Injury lawyers will put all of this data together to get compensation for you. The evidence the lawyer gathers can help him create charts, graphs, diagrams, and trial exhibits, such as in the image above. These visual and other aids help you get the money you need to try and re-start your life.

And because a great injury lawyer can often help you find someone to do all of this on a lien and get paid after the lawyer wins, you get a chance to have top-notch medical treatment while you wait for your tort case to resolve. You get the tools to formulate practical, reasonable goals as you try to change certain behaviors. Ongoing discussion helps you tap into your feelings and perceptions. You better understand the various environmental, emotional, and behavioral influences at play. We hope you enjoyed this article by local Los Angeles brain injury lawyer, Michael Ehline.

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