Bad habits, even when they are something fairly minor like biting your nails, can hinder your life. They can make you less healthy and less able to achieve your goals, and that means that sooner or later they will have to go.
Of course, breaking bad habits can be hard. So many people try and so many people fail, but you don’t have to be one of them! Check out these very effective techniques and wave goodbye to your bad habits for good…
It’s not very likely you’ll successfully stop biting your nails or overcome your pornography addiction if you don’t even acknowledge that is has become a bad habit for you. So, start today by paying close attention to your habits, noticing when you indulge in bad habits and what triggers you to do so. Then, you can use that information to help you stop.
Get to Know Your Triggers
Most of us have a trigger moment, something that causes us to start smoking, to binge on junk food or to start picking our skin. The trigger can be anything from stress and boredom to seeing a particular person. The key to breaking bad habits is to get to know these triggers and to look out for them. That way, you can remove yourself from the trigger situation and hopefully, this will be enough to stop you from doing whatever it is that you don’t want to do anymore.
Do Something Good Instead
Replacing a bad habit with a good habit can be a very effective way to wave goodbye to bad habits once and for all. When you’re trying to give something up, you often have a lot of nervous energy; a lot of urges to do something when that trigger moment hits, and quite often you will succumb to it. One way to stop yourself from succumbing is to replace your negative habit with a good one instead. For example, instead of lighting up a cigarette, eat a healthy snack or chew some gum or instead of binging because you’re bored, go for a walk or read a good book. Do something to distract yourself that will be good for you and your life will be transformed.
Breaking your bad habits may be good for your health and wellbeing, but you need to be realistic. Most people cannot decide to give up and do just that without ever slipping. There will be times when you fail, the key is to recognize that now so you don’t throw in the towel at the first hurdle.
Treat Yourself with Kindness
Be Kind. Why? Because if you beat yourself up about your habit and how hard it is to break it, chances are it will cause stress and depression and that will probably trigger you to go back to your old ways again. Don’t talk negatively to yourself, but frame everything in as positive a light as you can and you’ll get there in the end.
Good luck, you can do it!