A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. There’re so many good habits, but when a habit is bad, there’s a need to break it completely.
A bad habit is like an addiction, as it is usually difficult to put an end to. However, for one’s benefit, one must learn to break them because of the repercussions that do come with them. Such bad habits, of course, may include nail biting, smoking, poor eating habit amidst others.
How To Break A Bad Habit
Here is a list of the top 30 ways to break bad habits.
- Admit to yourself that you indulge in the bad habit
If you are still in denial or you fail to admit that you have a bad habit which you should deal with, then it may be hard for you to break it.
- Give yourself strong reasons to stop, such as the negative effect
The strong reasons that you give yourself to break the bad habit are the ones that will help you to break it. If you fail to see the effect of nail-biting on your fingers then you may not be willing to stop.
- Understand the pattern the habit takes, such as how you feel before indulging.
What exactly do you feel before indulging; do you panic and fill like the cigarette is the answer? Understand yourself.
- Be determined to break the bad habit. Your determination will help you not to give up
When you have concluded that you have a bad habit, then the next step is to know that you have to break it.
- Tell yourself clearly that you want to stop/ break the habit
Tell yourself time and time again that you want to break it, so as to constantly work towards it.
- Be prepared to break it
Start to take the required steps to break the bad habit.
- Set a time limit for yourself, for the purposes of discipline
Give yourself a sort of deadline to break the habit, so that you will not keep going back and forth torn between progress and drawbacks.
- You can decide to reward yourself for each week/ day you go without it
Reward yourself when you fill that you have broken the bad habit for some time, it serves the purpose of encouragement.
- You can set punishments too, but do not be too hard on yourself
You might as well decide to punish yourself or deny yourself some other indulgence. Do not be hard on yourself; it’s just a way to motivate you.
- Open your mind to good alternatives
If you feel there are some other things you could do in place, then try them out.
- Draw your mind to good habits, and let them take the place of the bad one
Try to encourage yourself in trying out the good ones.
- Control yourself
When you feel yourself being drawn back towards the bad habit, control yourself.
- Know what pushes you / triggers you
For some, a deep thought pushes them to nail biting, so understand yourself and how the bad habit indulgence is triggered.
- Avoid putting yourself in the situation or the environment that may cause you to indulge
When you know what pushes you toward the bad habit, avoid putting yourself in the situation, if possible.
- Take note of the time/moment you find yourself indulging
Take note of the times you find yourself indulging, even when you are trying to improve.
- Form better habits
Same way you are battling to break a bad habit, forming a good habit can subconsciously help you get rid of any bad habit you have.
- Always be mindful so as not to indulge in the moment of forgetfulness
At those moments when you forget that you are trying to break the bad habit, be mindful not to indulge.
- Know that it’s hard work, but accept that you will break it
It will be hard because it’s a habit you are used to but admit to yourself that there is a need to break it.
- Occupy yourself when you feel like indulging
When you feel like smoking, for example, to let out your frustration, you can decide to exercise
- Create a process/ pattern to flow and stick to it
Create a plan to break the bad habit, this is to avoid decelerating.
- Do not over pressure yourself while being too determined, but rather follow a procedure
At times, you may feel the pressure to break your habit so fast, do not pressure yourself as it may lead to further indulgence.
- Ask for help from friends who have had similar problems
If you have a friend who once had a problem with eating healthy, or who was once a smoker, talk to them and ask for help.
- Take advice
Consider the advice they give you, and take it if you feel that it can work with you.
- There are going to be setbacks, but be determined to push through
There will be moments when you may experience setbacks, be determined to push through with your determination
- Stick to the plan or pattern that you have made
Stick to whatever plan you have made, to monitor your progress
- Continually review yourself, to ensure you are improving
Your plan will allow you to determine whether you are improving or not
- Motivate yourself
Even when you may not feel like going through with things, motivate yourself.
- Don’t give up too easily, it takes practice
When you experience setbacks, do not give up so easily and keep indulging, let the negative effect of the bad habit push you to be committed to breaking it.
- Repeat your intention to yourself at several times
Repeat your determination time and time again, and keep telling yourself even if you suffer setbacks
- If you can’t seem to break it alone, talk to a professional in the line
When it becomes hard to break the habit, and all you seem to record is not progress, then it’s best that you talk to a professional. More lifestyle related posts to check out.