7 Ways To Break Bad Habits


Everyone has bad habits that they would love to break. It could be anything from swearing too much, to smoking, to procrastinating, any many more. In order to break these bad habits, you need to think about them carefully and determine the best course of action for you. Everyone is different, so everyone’s habits need to be considered on their own merits. Here are some ideas that might help you when it comes to breaking those habits that you hate, but can’t seem to stop.


Fine Yourself

If a bad habit becomes unpleasant, or even painful (not necessarily in the physical sense, but emotionally or psychologically, perhaps) then it will be easier to notice when it is happening, and easier to stop it altogether. Fining yourself each time you carry out the habit that you’re trying to break can certainly help for many people. You might have a jar into which you put a certain amount of money each time you smoke, swear, bite your nails, or speak negatively. Alternatively, you might have to pay your friends a dollar or more when they see you doing something you are trying to give up.


If you can reward yourself by using the money you have had to pay, for example, each time you go a week without doing whatever it is you’re trying to give up, you will have even more incentive.


Know Your Triggers

Bad habits are often caused by triggers which subconsciously make you do or say certain things. This is why we so often find that we’re carrying out the bad habit without even realizing (and that is also what makes it so much harder to give up). If you can understand what your triggers are, then you can try to stay away from situations in which you will find them as much as possible. For example, if you only smoke when you are at a party or social function, or with a drink, then these are the activities you need to stop. It should be a temporary thing until your habit is broken. Once you go back, you will hopefully no longer want to do whatever it was you did before.


Make Small Changes

Some people are able to give things up ‘cold turkey,’ and their willpower keeps them from going back, but in reality, these people are few and far between. Most people will need to take things slowly and make small, gradual changes. Breaking an old habit, especially one that you have had for many years, is a difficult process, so it may well take time. As long as you know this and aren’t too hard on yourself if you have a relapse, you can keep going.


Making small changes such as using vaping equipment from Blazed Vapes instead of cigarettes, or gradually eating smaller portions will make the transition a lot easier, and soon enough you will have enabled yourself to give up your bad habits and be happier and healthier.


Think First

Some experts suggest that you need to take a month to think about how you are going to give up and why you want to before you actually take any action. Even if you are keen to get rid of your bad habit right now, it’s best to take the time to consider what you are doing. Make a list of all the reasons you want to give up, for example, and you can refer to this every time you are thinking of going back to your bad habit; it’s the ideal reminder of why you’re putting yourself to the trouble of quitting.


You can also use this time to record every incident of you doing it. It is not to berate yourself or to try to stop it there and then, but simply so that you can see how big a problem (or not) the habit truly is. You’ll often be surprised at how much it is a part of your daily life, and this can give you more determination to quit than if you weren’t aware.


Speak To Your Future Self

Speaking to your future self may sound strange, but it really can work. Willpower doesn’t usually last, and it’s easy to fall back into old, comfortable (albeit potentially dangerous) habits again when it fades. You can set up reminders in your calendar, for example, that will give you a boost and tell you that you’re doing well, or that you need to be careful. Or you might leave notes to yourself around the house.  


Change Your Environment

Sometimes it’s not so much the habits themselves as the places in which they are done. If this is the case for you, the best course of action would be to change your environment for a little while as you try to break the habit. For example, you might take a smoking break in the parking lot at work. It then means that the parking lot itself becomes a trigger for smoking, so as soon as you pull up in the morning or when you leave at night, you’ll want a cigarette. If you park somewhere different for a little while, those cravings at least will disappear. Keep doing this, and the habit should also be broken after a while.


Make A Plan

When you stop and think about your bad habits, you’ll notice something; they happen on a loop. You’ll find yourself in a place, or doing a certain activity, and this triggers the need to smoke, overeat, bite your nails, and so on. We then get a reward because the habit feels good (even if only momentarily), and then the whole thing repeats. Even if we feel bad afterward, the habit itself and the triggers surrounding it override this feeling.


Therefore, making a plan to deal with this situation will help you. Keep the plan as simple as you can. Otherwise, it will be too complicated to think about and deal with, and you will more easily fall back into your bad habits.


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