7 Ways to Break Bad Habits
By Daniel Harper
Most of the things that you do are habitual. From the moment you wake up to the moment that you sleep, you follow a series of habits. Your habits, good or bad, says a lot about who you are and what lifestyle you have. It has a powerful grip in your health that it can either destroy it or improve it. So if you want to have a better quality of life, here are seven ways to break bad habits.
Do it for 30 Days. This technique tells you to focus on one bad habit such as smoking, and NOT do it for the next thirty days. That span of time will allow you to condition yourself to get rid of the bad habit. This also works in developing a good habit such as exercising, just do it for thirty days and that will surely turn into a habit as well.
Perform a good ritual. The ritual mentioned is an action that you need to perform before a habit. For example, if you have the urge to smoke, finish a bubble gum first. If youâ€™re on a diet and you have the urge to eat a cheeseburger, eat a fruit first. This will help break the usual cycle of a bad habit so you can get rid of it easily.
Replace a bad habit. Removing a habit, especially a bad one, leaves you with a feeling of an empty space that you need to fill. This could trigger a new set of bad habits to replace the old one. So make sure that you replace a bad habit with a good one. For example, if you want to cut back on television, make sure that you use that free time to exercise or do something productive.
Do it one at a time. Donâ€™t bite off more than you can chew. If you need to get rid of your habits, do it one at a time. Just focus on one bad habit first, get rid of it completely, and then move on to the next.
Write it down. Goals are easier to achieve when it is clear and visible. If you have habits that you need to get rid of, write it down on a piece of paper like a to-do list and make sure that you place it somewhere that you can always see it. When youâ€™re done with one habit, write it off. That will give you a sense of accomplishment and a way to see how you progress.
Let others know. Making a public commitment motivates you to achieve your goals because people, especially those close to you will expect you to follow through. You can either tell people up front or use social media tools such as a blog, Facebook, or even Twitter to make that announcement. On top of that, youâ€™ll even receive positive comments from people that will help you achieve your goals.
Reward yourself. When you successfully removed a bad habit in your system, it pays to somehow reward yourself for your effort. When you do, always consider a healthy alternative. Let’s say you were able to cut-off some TV time and replaced it with an exercise routine, buy yourself a pair of running shoes. That way it will motivate you to turn running into a habit.
Habits are just choices made daily. If you regularly make good choices then you make good habits. If you regularly make bad choices then you make bad habits. It’s simple as that. So before you decide to do something on a regular basis that you think you’ll have a hard time stopping, then it’s best to stay away from it than suffer later on.
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