The Best 5 Ways To Break Bad Habits
Have you ever attempted to break a bad habit in your life before, but found the process too difficult? Then simply resigned yourself to accept the bad habit...
If you answered yes, I understand. I was once there too. And, it's not a desirable place to be in. So, I want to share the best techniques you need to break those bad habits for good!
It doesn't matter if you eat too much junk food, spend too much money on things that are not important or procrastinate too much. You can break these bad habits when you know how to do it properly.
So, in this article we will be looking at the 5 best ways to break your bad habits.
Breaking a bad habit is one of the most liberating things that you can do in your life. So, please read all of this article and then start putting what you learn into practice.
1. Create Pain for Indulging in your Bad Habit
People will usually do more to avoid pain than they will to gain pleasure. So, with this in mind, it is a good idea to create a pain situation related to your bad habits.
For example, engage in a wager with someone over your bad habit. Make it a large enough wager so that it will be really painful for you if you have to pay it out. You do not have to use money for this pain. Giving up something that you love can be just as painful.
2. Find out what Triggers your Bad Habit
You need to understand what kicks off your bad habit in order to break it. This is called a trigger and it can be one thing or several different things.
Most of us indulge in our bad habits without even thinking about it. We then tend to believe that we can never break the habit because it is automatic.
It is not automatic, it just happens very quickly so you think that it is. So, when you next crave your bad habit, pause and identify what caused this craving. The more that you understand about your bad habits, the more likely you are to break them.
3. Remind Yourself
You may have the very best intentions to break a bad habit, but if you slip back into old patterns, which will happen (remember, you're human) don't be so hard on yourself.
Just get back to it and keep going. Remind yourself why you want to break the bad habit. Refocus and continue with your good work.
4. Make Changes to your Environment
A lot of bad habits are triggered from being in a certain place or seeing the same things over and over.
To avoid these triggers you can make some small changes to your environment.
For example, if you pass a Dunkin' Donuts on your route to work each day and stop to grab a donut, take a different route. If the break-room at your office is filled with junk, but you find yourself taking a 3pm stress break there daily, go for a walk instead.
This is retraining your brain to take a different action.
5. Take Small Steps
Breaking bad habits requires patience and persistence. Trying to make massive changes in your life all at once will be really challenging.
It is better to take smaller steps and introduce smaller changes over time that lead to the eventual big change.
To Your Health & Happiness,