Tips for Quitting Bad Habits
By Genevieve Cunningham
Bad habits. We all have them, and we all want to quit them. But this task is almost always much easier said than done. Habits are hard to quit anyway, but for some reason, habits that aren’t so good for us are the hardest! If you really want to put your bad habits far behind you, take a look at these tips for putting a stop to those pesky crutches.
Find Your Triggers
Almost all bad habits have triggers. For smokers, that could be excess stress or a particular activity. For nail biters, it might again be stress or even boredom. Whatever the habit, it very often goes with a particular activity or feeling. The first step to quitting is to pinpoint these triggers. Once you find the connection, it’s easier to anticipate and you’ll be better prepared to handle the urge when it hits.
Repeal and Replace
We’re not talking about healthcare here, though you might have a little more success breaking your habit. If you have a bad habit that you want to quit, try replacing it with a better version of the current habit. If you use smokeless tobacco, try replacing it with sunflowers or tobacco-free substances. If you’re a boredom eater, try performing a new hobby every time you feel the urge to eat through boredom. It might take a while to completely replace your favorite pastime, but it’s definitely possible. Just be patient with yourself, find something else that you enjoy, and stick with it!
Cut Your Ties
Sometimes you have to give up things associated with that bad habit. This might be activities (as is mentioned above) or it might even be people. While this might seem extreme, you have to think of your health first. If you’re serious about ditching the bad and bringing in the good, sever those ties and don’t look back. While it might be incredibly hard at first, your mental and physical well-being will thank you for the sacrifice and diligence.
There’s no denying that quitting bad habits is incredibly difficult. If you want to start the process, you have to get yourself mentally prepared. And once you’ve made the decision, use these tips to help you be successful. Be patient, forgiving, and kick those nasty habits to the curb once and for all.
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