The Great Hang Up - Break The Habit

9:11 PM, May 5, 2010   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- WFMY News 2 started a campaign to get you to "hang up" your phone while driving. It's called the Great Hang Up.

According to research, talking or listening to a hand-held device increases your odds of being involved in a crash or near-crash by 30 percent. Many of us are so used to doing it, it's become a habit.

"The bad habit isn't hard to break, it's deciding the break the bad habit, that's the difficult part. We aren't sure is this really worth the investing the time and energy to stopping," says Holly Ingram a therapist with High Point Behavioral Health.

"We are usually getting some sort of benefit from the habit, it may be filling a void, we may be anxious or bored. It may be it's something we started to do and it's taken the place of a need of some sort for us. Are brains are so used to constant stimulation all the time, information, information, so when we don't have that, what we know we can hear it beeping, it's sitting, it's very difficult to talk ourselves through, I need to wait, I need to be safe. Think about other things rather than needing that information at the moment."

So to help you break the habit.
Start with a self-talk. Talk yourself through the habit.
Focus on the positive things and reasons why to change the behavior.
Look at the benefits of waiting
Create a support group of friends and family to share the experiences.

"I think it's going to be very difficult. I think it's going to be a whole shift in our thought processes as a society, it's okay, we used to wait for information, now we don't do that as well, so it's going to be saying what's important and re-prioritizing what's beneficial."

 

WFMY News 2

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