Bad habit disrupts your life and also keep you from achieving your goals. They endanger your mental as well as your physical health. They also mismanage your time and energy.
But the question is, why do we still do them? Most importantly, is there anything you can do about it?
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’ll share what I’ve learned about breaking bad habits.
To Begin, What Causes Bad Habits?
However, the majority of bad habits are caused by two factors: Stress and Boredom.
Most bad habits are simply a way to cope with stress and boredom. Are there any particular beliefs or reasons for the bad habits? Is there something deeper at work, such as a fear or a limiting belief, that is causing you to cling to something unhealthy? Recognizing the sources of your bad habits is essential for breaking them.
Here are some suggestions for breaking bad habits and rethinking the process:
1. Choose a replacement for the bad habit.
This entails planning ahead of time how you will respond when confronted with the stress and boredom that prompts your bad habit. Whatever it is and whatever you are dealing with, you must have a plan for what you intend to do instead of your bad habit.
2. Remove triggers
Avoiding the things that cause bad habits will make it easier for you to break them. Your surroundings make bad habits easier and good habits more difficult. You can change the outcome by changing your environment.
3. Visualize your success
Visualize yourself getting rid of all of your bad habits. Whatever bad habits you’re trying to break, visualize yourself crushing it, smiling and also enjoying your success. Consider creating a new identity for yourself.
4. Overcome negative self-talk, use the word “but”
When you’re battling bad habits, it’s easy to judge yourself for not acting better. It’s easy to tell yourself how bad you are every time you make a mistake or slip up.
When this occurs, finish the sentence with “but”…..
“I’m fat and out of shape right now, but I could be in shape in a few months.”
“Yes I’m a failure, but everyone fails from time to time.”
“I’m stupid and volatile, but I’m trying to improve my patience.”
Breaking bad habits requires time and effort, but most importantly, perseverance. Most people who succeed in breaking bad habits try and fail several times before they succeed. You may not achieve success right away, but that does not mean you will never achieve it.
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