We all have bad habits that we’d like to break, whether they’re big or small. The problem is, bad habits are much easier to start than they are to stop.We all have bad habits that we'd like to break, whether they're big or small. Here are 6 simple steps to help you break bad habits! Click To Tweet
Habits play such an important role in our lives. Our whole lives are made up of habits, whether they’re positive keystone habits, less important habits, or harmful habits. Changing your habits can literally change your life.
I have some habits I’m determined to start in 2019 – and a few bad habits that I’m determined to break as well. So I’ve been doing a lot of reading about habits lately and I think I came up with a solid plan for breaking bad habits.
In case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share today’s post about how to break bad habits.
But first, you have to identify what your current habits are. The best way to do this is to grab a piece of paper and brainstorm them. Think of things such as your different routines and what you do throughout the day. Write down all of the habits you can think of – both good and bad.
Now, figure out which habits you’d like to quit or change. Then use these tips on how to break bad habits!
Have a real reason to break it.
The first step toward breaking a bad habit is having a good reason to motivate us to break it.
For example, let’s say you want to quit eating sugar. If you only want to quit eating sugar because everyone keeps telling you how bad it is, that probably won’t be enough motivation to quit eating it. But if you want to quit eating sugar so that you can feel healthier and be able to play with your kids without getting worn out, that will be more motivation to help you quit.
So, really think about why you want to break your bad habit(s). What would quitting the habit give you? Write down every reason you can think of so you really understand it.
Pay attention to it.
Once you know what habit you want to break and why you want to break it, the next step is to pay attention and be conscious of it. Pay attention to when you start to do the habit. When and why are you doing it?
If you can figure out what usually triggers you to do this habit, you can better understand what feelings are attached to it too. This can help you understand the habit better and make it easier for you to stop.
Replace it with something else.
It’s much harder to STOP doing a bad habit than it is to replace a bad habit with a good one. Take smoking, for example. If you just tell yourself “no” every time you want to pick up a cigarette, it will be much harder to stop than if you replace cigarettes with gum or a vape pen or something else.
So, try to come up with a better habit to replace your bad habit with, if you can. Every time you want to do the bad habit, do the other one. This will make it much easier to handle.
Reward yourself along the way.
If you’re looking for some extra motivation to get you to break a bad habit, consider rewarding yourself along the way. Come up with reward ideas for each milestone you hit along the way. You could come up with a small reward after a week, a bigger one for a month, and a BIG one for 6 months, or something like that.
Also, track your progress as you go. It’s a good idea to use a printable habit tracker, a bullet journal, or even just a calendar. As you see how far you’ve come, it makes it easier to keep going.
You might like: 20 Healthy & Frugal Ways to Reward Yourself
Seek help or support if you need it.
Some habits are more manageable for us to break on our own as long as we’ve got a plan and we’re determined. But some habits can be tougher. If you’re really struggling with breaking a harmful habit, you might need to seek help with it. There’s nothing wrong with getting help or support, it just shows that you’re determined to change. That’s a good thing!
This support could be in the form of finding an accountability partner, going to therapy, or even going to specialized groups like Weight Watchers or Alcoholics Anonymous. If you really want to break the habit, plan for some sort of support in case you need it.
Be patient and stick with it.
Breaking bad habits can be super tough. It might even take multiple tries before you finally let it go for good. That’s normal, so it’s important to be patient and not let yourself get discouraged!
Don’t beat yourself up if you get off track. If you cave in and engage in the habit, that’s okay. Just stop yourself and try again. Stick with it and eventually, you’ll succeed!
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Are there any bad habits you’d like to break? Leave a comment and let me know!