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How to Quit Your Worst Habits for Better Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everyone has bad habits. For some of us, the bad habits are fairly innocent. We might bite our nails, twist our hair, or tap our fingers. For others, the bad habits are seriously detrimental to overall health. You may have a cigarette habit or a drug habit. But for the vast majority of people, the bad habits fall somewhere in the middle. They're not completely innocent, but they might still have a damaging effect on health. No matter what bad habits you have, there's no doubt that getting rid of them will improve your health -- whether that's mentally or physically. But how? If you need help quitting your worst habits, take a look at these tips to help you find success. 

Find the Cause

Every bad habit has a cause. If your bad habit is smoking cigarettes, the cause may have initially been rebellion, but is now addiction. If your bad habit is eating, the trigger may be emotional stress or even boredom. Take a good hard look at the habits that you want to stop. Why do you do them? What triggers them? Once you determine the trigger, you can avoid the trigger or at least draw attention to the problem so that a change can happen.

Find a Good Alternative

It's easier to get rid of a bad habit if you replace it with another habit. If you want to stop boredom eating, try to do something else in its place. This replacement habit will be very specific to you. Every time the urge arises to do your bad habit, do your new habit instead. At first, this will be really difficult. But as time goes on, the new habit will be your go-to and leaving the old habit behind will be a cinch.

Get Support

Support is everything. If you're serious about breaking those bad habits, enlist some help. Ask your spouse, your best friend, or your mom. Ask your coworkers to help you stay accountable. The more public you make your desire, the more likely you are to stick with it. And most of the time, people are more than willing to help. Support will help you make it through the really tough times (and there will be really tough times), and it can also help you stay motivated to push through to the end. 

Bad habits are tough to break, but it's not an impossible task. Use these tips to help you stop laziness, quit eating junk food, or end whatever your bad habit may be. With some patience and persistence, you can quit your bad habits and get in better health in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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