Who doesn’t have a bad habit? I know I have plenty! So why is breaking your bad habits an important part of wellbeing?
It would be hard to find someone that you know that doesn’t have some type of bad habit. These habits can be related to your health, your relationship or to your business.
One of the hardest things about breaking a bad habit is getting enough motivation to actually take the steps required to break it. Setting goals for yourself is a great way to get started, but there are plenty of other methods as well. Read on to find out what method of breaking bad habits will work best for you!
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Some of the most well-known ways to break a habit include:
- Quitting cold turkey
- Setting a date to quit your habit
- Replacing the bad habit with a good one
All of these methods can easily work for you if you are truly ready to commit to breaking your bad habit & have found your WHY.
Would you say that you currently have the desire to quit your habit?
Or is it something that you keep putting off until next week?
Our lives are busy & filled with distraction – this is why quitting cold turkey or setting a quit date doesn’t always work. The minute you tell yourself that you can’t have or do something, you end up thinking about it all day long.
Small children are a fantastic example of this. When you tell them that they can’t have something, they drive you nuts asking for it. All. Day. Long.
So what can you do instead? Your approach to breaking your bad habits needs to be a little different.
Let’s say for example that you want to quit eating sugar. The minute you place this item on an ‘I can never have it’ list, you constantly crave it!
How about tackling it this way:
Get up tomorrow morning and tell yourself that you are just going to get through one day without eating sugar. You will find it much easier to say no when offered a sugary treat because there is always tomorrow.
What you will discover is that when tomorrow comes, you only have to get through one day without eating sugar & it will be a little easier than the last. Again it will be much easier to manage and you will find that your motivation increases. Within just a few days you won’t be craving the sugar as much & you will start automatically saying no when offered cake or cookies!
Now that’s not to say you can never eat a piece of cake again. Honestly, who doesn’t want to have a piece of birthday or a slice of wedding cake when offered? All you’re doing is not making sweets treats a huge part of your life.
Here are some steps for you to try to start breaking bad habits today:
1. Try and determine what it is that makes you perform your bad habit. Do you have a trigger? Is it getting upset or frustrated with someone? Write down the reason and keep it somewhere that you can see it.
2. Don’t let your habit rule your emotions! If you are letting someone’s reaction to something force you into eating, drinking, or something else, try switching your automatic response with another action. Maybe go for a walk, have a cup of tea or coffee or call up a friend.
3. Is your bad habit affecting your health? Do you feel stiff and sore or know that you are putting on the pounds, but hate to admit it? Think about how you will feel if you continue in this way- are you going to start feeling even worse about yourself? What is one thing you can do today that would make a difference?
Breaking a bad habit is not going to be easy.
While you do need to be consistently aware of the choices you make, you don’t want this to become an obsession.
Take one day at a time and get through those 12 or 14 hours at a time.
No doubt you’ll agree that this seems way more doable than using another method. Plus if you do fall off the wagon, you have only missed one day and can get back on track tomorrow!
What bad habits are you working to break right now? Have you found your WHY?
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