How to Break a Bad Habit

habitBad habits interrupt your whole life and hinder you from reaching the potentials that you possess. Bad habits jeopardize your mental and physical health making you waste a lot of time and energy. Most bad habits are caused by two things which are stress and boredom.  Everything be it biting your nails, drinking every weekend, overspending on a shopping spree or just wasting time over the internet, all these happen as a result of stress and boredom.

The good news is that you can teach yourself new and good ways to deal with stress and boredom. The issues you are facing may be tough to deal with, but if you think about the benefits associated with quitting a bad habit, you should be motivated to make a move. All the habits you have right now, be it good or bad, happen with a reason.

 

If you are looking forward to breaking a bad habit, here is what you can do.

 

Choose a substitute

You need to plan way ahead of time on how to respond to a situation that forces you to adopt a bad habit. What will you do when you are faced with the urge to smoke? What are you going to do when social media is calling and urging you to procrastinate? Whatever it is that you are going to do, you need to have a plan for what you will do to deal with the bad habit.

 

Cut off the triggers

You need to cut off the triggers that entice you to adopt a bad habit. If you always smoke when you go to a certain joint, then avoid going to that joint in totality. If you eat cookies whenever you are in the house, then throw away all the cookies. If the first step you do when you sit in the house it to turn on the TV, then ensure that the remote is far away. Make it easier for yourself to break bad habits by cutting off all the triggers.

 

Your environment

Surround yourself with people who live the way you want to live. You don’t have to ditch your old friends, but you should never underestimate the power of finding new friends. You need to join forces with someone who encourages you to be the best version of yourself. If you have been struggling to achieve something, join hands with another person who is in dire need to achieve the same and work together towards meeting that goal.

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