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How to change bad habits?

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Dr. Muhammad Ahmad

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2012

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Posted on Thu, 8 Sep 2016 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Okay, I've got a rather embarrassing question. I'm basically healthy, and that's largely (people say) because I'm regular. Well, I am, because every morning I get up early and I sit on the toilet with my two mugs of coffee and I stay there until I do. And over the years, it's actually become my me time. It's early, I read the paper, check my email on my phone (and answer), uh I may even watch YouTube, and well, you get the idea. So I might be there for 2 hours... well, I am often there for two hours. It's a habit I've had for over 20 years, but never missed a day, I hardly get sick, never had hemorroids (sp?), legs are fine, all good. The only thing is doing this habit for so long has left me with what are these permanent bruised rings on my butt. Of course, no one will see it, save my wife, but she laughs and says, it looks terrible. And well, she's right. And so I want to do something. Of course, I think the answer to this will be to change my habit altogether, something I can't fathom right now, but I said I would do it. My wife scoffs, says she doesn't think I can change. But... I think I'm going to try. Meaning I won't camp out anymore. I'll go to the bathroom when nature calls. But anyway, my question comes down to, doe your skin "eventually" return to normal? Can I rid myself of these deep bruises (and mind you, nothing hurts, this is just a cosmetic question). If it's possible, what do you recommend? And if it is possible, how long do you think it would take. Honestly, I fear that I've done this so long these are permanent bruises. Any thoughts? (and yes... :-)... you can laugh)
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ahmad 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
You should do it gradually.

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for writing to Health Care Magic, I am Dr Muhammd Ahmad, I have closely read your question and I understand your concerns, I will hereby guide you regarding your health related problem.

I wasn't laughting vut i was smiling reading your question and it's so beautiful that you want to change it for your wife although I am sure she wont be having real problems with that cosmatic kind of a thing.

First thing first you asked will your skin go back to normal colour ? yes it will, though it may take 5..6 months to do that but it's understandable as these marks are 20 years old.

Now there is no medical thing i can suggest you but I can let you know about some psychological tricks we use to get off some habit.So here is what can be done.

Gradually going away from you habit is what you are going to do, it wont be healthy to make a sudden change so you can take two months to gradually leave it.Here is what you do.

1) Make a steong resolve that you will leave it gradually.
2) Make a stretagy and do one thing at a time.
3) You used to take two mugs of coffee to the rest room make it one now.
4) Takenhalf the news paper in and leave the rest outside.
5) Have rest of the coffee on the breakfast table or living room with remaining o news paper.
6) You can add another habit to compensate and that can be watching morning TV show when you will have a favourite morning show it will make you reach the Tv in time(go to the rest room before that show).
7) Some people who are really want to make it a deal get a squat toilet installed in their homes, it doesnt touch your glutes and it isn't that comfy so you will always be thinking to just finish what you need to do and have tea and paper in the living room.
8) You can devise stretagy sitting with your wife and discussing what to do, according to your own circumstances and knowing what will help you more.
9) You cannout an alarm of 1.5 hour in start making it 1 hour and then 30 minutes gradually and making sure when alarm goes of you don't press a snooze.
10) Keep massaging the bruise along with that and you will see great results.
11) Also get a super soft cution covering your toilet seat as you gradually get rid of the habit this will help too.If you arent going for squat toilet.

Stay blessed you can do it in a couple of month without making yourself uncomfortable.

I hope this answered your question, if you have more feel free to ask,otherwise close the discussion and rate it.


Dr.Muhammad Ahmad.
General and Family Physician..
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