Blog 5/52 : How to change a Habit.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change regardless of our age. We learn to walk when we are young by repeating over and over again the action of walking. In the beginning when we learn, we fall a hundred times. But we don’t give up till we are able to walk and run. Our brains reads each and every action of ours by forming a synaptic connection between the brain and the leg, as in this example. Over time and with practice, these connections become so strong that we need not voluntarily remember how to walk. It becomes an auto mode, a habit.
The synaptic connecting ability of the brain is a continuous process and keeps either strengthening by repetition, or can weaken and get deleted if not regularly practiced. If we stop walking for some reason, the connection between the brain and the leg weakens and can lead to the weakening of the leg muscles and it is possible that we can lose our confidence to walk. It implies that we can train our brain to forget any old habits that are not useful to us anymore, and replace it with new habits and learn new skills, no matter how old we are. Our brain is a muscle and like all muscles, the more we exercise the more fit it becomes. Regular training of this malleable brain muscle makes it stronger. It is for us to decide how we train our brain, reinforcing some old habits that work and practicing new things and useful ways of being till it become a habit to stay.