We all have a bad habit or two in our lives that we are not so proud of.
Maybe yours is sleeping for 5 hours a day, biting your nails, drinking too much, spending time watching TV, procrastination among others.
What you need to know is that such bad habits can interrupt your daily life, prevent you from accomplishing your goals and can even jeopardize your health in the end.
Is there anything you can do about it? How can you change your bad behaviors into good ones?
This article may certainly not have all of the answers, but keep reading as I share what I’ve learned about breaking a bad habit. Note that this needs determination on your part.
1. You need to replace your bad habit with a new habit
As I mentioned earlier, each one of us has a bad habit best known to them. I, for instance during my time back on campus loved smoking and alcohol when faced with stresses.
I cannot tell how this was beneficial to me, but it somehow addressed my psychological needs at that time. So how did I stop this bad habit? Cigarette smokers will tell you how difficult it is to break, but I overcame it. How? I substituted this habit by drinking a lot of soft drinks. Coke greatly worked for me.
Anytime I had a bad craving, I would go for the later and gradually I stopped smoking and taking alcohol stuff.
What am I saying? Despite the behavior you want to change, once you decide that enough is enough; you will be able to walk out.
The first step is to choose the healthier habit that supplies you with same needs to replace the bad one and practice it consistently.
You will not break bad habits without replacing them.
2. Surround yourself with people who can help you overcome them
What I did not tell you in the first case is that quitting my smoking wasn’t my sole thing. I joined hands with a group of positive friends who held me accountable.
This doesn’t mean you should ditch your old friends but find new ones and build relationships with them.
Let’s say you want to quit gossiping as a habit, you have to associate with the colleagues who don’t discuss others behind their backs. But if you continue keeping yourself in a circle of friends who spread untrue or exaggerated rumors, you won’t help yourself get out.
3. See yourself succeeding
Whatever the bad habit you want to break, always see yourself overcoming it in the long run.
Imagine a good picture of your new identity. You will agree with me that no one was born with bad habits. Think of times when you were young, did you even know what procrastination or gossiping was?
You can become the healthy person you used to be years ago. Never judge yourself for whatever mistake or habit you are facing.
4. Seek professional help
We all slip every now and then and maybe you have done all the best to ensure you overcome bad habits. Unfortunately, you are still struggling and almost giving up.
The good news is that there is professional support available to you. Reach out and let them know what you are struggling with. Many people have gone through your situation and overcame it. You can win too if you just seek the professional help you need.
With all this said and done, remember it is only you who understands yourself best. You need to take charge of your life. Use the above tips proactively to break your bad habits