So you want to find out how to break a bad habit?
Well first things first, what’s a bad habit? A bad habit is something that is negatively affecting your lifestyle that is hard to give up.
To put it simply, it’s the things we know we shouldn’t do, but we do anyway.
Harmful habits are a piece of cake to form over time, but much harder to kick. It’s going to take a little more effort than a 21-day challenge to put a bad habit behind you.
I have my fair share of bad habits to get rid of and I’m using this guide to say goodbye to them once and for all.
I’ve had awesome results with this and I want to share it with all of you!
So let’s jump right in. Here is The Ridiculously Simple Guide To Breaking Bad Habits:
- Identify And Understand Your Habit
- Practicing Self-Discipline And Willpower
- Replace Your Bad Habit With A Good Habit
- Strong Support System
Identify And Understand Your Habit
Breaking a bad habit is not an easy process. The first step you need to tackle is identifying and understanding your bad habit.
Why does your bad habit exist?
If your habit has you on lock, it’s time to ask yourself some serious questions. Getting to the root of the problem will push you towards practicing healthier behavior and kicking your bad habit to the curb.
Habits consist of 3 super basic components:
Your Triggers or Cues – time, location, environment.
Your Routine – the habit
The Reward – feeling, external things
This cycle is known as a habit loop. Figuring out and recognizing the components of your habit loop will help put your bad habit to rest.
Take some time one-on-one to get real with yourself and your habit. Figure out what your triggers are, how you’ve implemented this habit into your daily routine and what keeps you coming back to it.
Ask yourself some questions:
What are your triggers?
When and where are you feeling triggered?
How does the habit make you feel?
Getting to the bottom of your bad habit will push you in a positive direction. You have to acknowledge your habits before you make any changes.
Once you have your habit figured out, you can work on removing it from your life.
Practicing Self-Discipline And Willpower
Self-discipline comes into play when you aren’t able to control your actions due to a bad habit. Habits rewire the way your brain works.
When you repeat something over and over again, your brain goes on autopilot and things just happen.
You need to work on self-discipline in order to take back control of your brain. Things like your triggers, routines and emotional attachments are strong fighters, so throw on your boxing gloves and show them who the real boss is.
The best way to practice self-discipline is by removing the parts of a bad habit that have a hold on you. Respect yourself enough to walk away from habits or triggers that are negatively affecting your life.
You are the hardest person to convince when it comes to quitting bad habits, especially ones that you enjoy. Discipline your mind by changing the way you think about your habits.
Replace Your Bad Habit With A Good Habit
Habits tend to be pretty instinctual. When you’ve interlaced a bad habit into your routine, it can be really hard to stop doing it.
So, instead of trying to completely eliminate your bad habit, REPLACE IT.
When your brain gets a trigger, it will automatically try to push your towards the habit so you can get the reward. Like I said above, it’s wired that way!
What you can do is replace the routine, but keep the trigger and the reward. Did I lose you there?
When you feel triggered to participate in your bad habit, try something healthier instead to replace your bad habit. Over time, your brain will accept this new habit as a replacement for your old bad habit.
It’s better to get accustomed to a new and improved habit rather than trying to quit your old habit. When you constantly tell yourself to stop doing something, you’re thinking about it more than you need to.
And then what? You guessed it. You jump right back into your old habit and routine.
Forming a new habit it takes time and it’s not as easy as it sounds. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when trying to implement a healthy, new habit:
- Prepare and Plan
Treat Yo Self! The reason you keep going back to your bad habit is that you (and your brain) love the reward you get from it. It could be a feeling or an external thing.
Sometimes that reward isn’t super obvious, but it’s there and you WANT it.
Your brain is tough one to crack, it doesn’t like change so you’re going to have to work hard on this one. Rewards have a huge impact on the success of your habit change.
In order to drop a bad habit, you’re going to have to stop enjoying the reward you get every time you do it. Easier said than done.
Basically, when you change up your routine, you won’t be getting the same reward that you’re used to. Your brain is going to continue craving unless you replace your old reward with something new.
Experiment with different rewards and figure out what works best for you.
Strong Support System
Don’t forget to tell your family, friends, and coworkers about your new motivation to change your bad habit.
I can’t express enough how important it is to have a support system backing you up when you’re trying to make positive changes to your lifestyle.
Keeping the people closest to you in the loop about your goal to drop a bad habit makes you accountable to succeed at leaving the habit behind.
They can offer you support and help make the change easier to get through.
It’s harder to kick a bad habit when you’re doing all alone than it is to have a friend or partner doing it right there with you.
Bye Bye Bad Habits
You know when it’s time to break up with your bad habits. Start making positive changes today. You’re not losing if you’re gaining a good habit by getting rid of a bad habit. You have everything to gain!
I hope you can implement this guide into your everyday life and turn those bad habits into healthy, awesome habits.
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