Bad habits… we all have them.
Whether it’s procrastinating (sometimes me), over spending, poor diets, not working out, biting our nails, too much TV or too much social media whatever it may be, we all have a things we do often that we may need to stop or modify.
How do we break a bad habit? Before we can do that we have to first look at where do these bad habits come from? It’s said that a lot of our bad habits serve as a form of coping mechanism for another issues like stress, grief, or boredom just to name a few.
While bad habits don’t happen overnight, breaking them isn’t going to happen instantly either. If we can be real for a minute, breaking a bad habits is hard. But not doing something about that bad habit may be even worse. Holding on to bad habits can hinder us from reaching goals, alter our self esteem and even put our health at risk, so if you’ve got a bad habit or two that you want to break, here are a 6 tips on how to do just that.
#1 Change it Up
First if you haven’t done this yet, make a list of bad habits you want to change. Write down why you want to change this habit and then write down how you can replace that bad habit with a good for you habit.
For example, if you want to reduce the amount of time on social media set your phone to shut down those apps on your phone for a specific timeframe.
#2 Know Your Triggers
Whether you’re setting a new habit or breaking a bad one, knowing what will trigger you will help you not only keep a new habit but also eliminate the bad ones.
Triggers can be anything from stress, overwhelm or fear and when you feel those things look at what it causes you to do. Note this and start creating ways that you can eliminate that trigger so it doesn’t hold you back from breaking that bad habit.
#3 Think Positively
Thoughts become things and when we think positively about how we can break our bad habits, that can go a long way. Instead of seeing the negative and what isn’t happening, look at how great it will be when you’ve broken that bad habit.
#4 Build a Support Network
The best way to break and start habits is having people who can support you and stop you if you’re getting back into a bad habit. Having support also gives you the motivation to keep going too.
#5 Give Yourself Time
Breaking a bad habit is hard and will not change overnight. Give yourself some time to break these bad habits and replace them with good ones. Take it one day at a time. Don’t worry about how long it takes just celebrate that you’re making the change. Small steps are still progress.
#6 Be Gentle With Yourself
This is another way of saying my favorite phrase “give yourself grace”. Some days you will rock it and other days you’ll feel like you’re on a struggle bus. It’s OK. Be gentle with yourself you are doing your best.
As you work to break a bad habit I hope these tips will keep you going on those days when you want to quit.