Sometimes we want (and need) to make a change. But we’re so caught up in our bad habits, that doing so seems almost impossible. That’s the problem with habits; they become addictive. Or, at least, many of them do. The good news is that whatever your nasty habit – be it smoking, swearing profusely, or something else, it is possible to break it once and for all. It probably won’t be easy, but it is doable. Here are some of the best ways to wave ‘goodbye’ to your bad habits once and for all.
As a child did your parents implement a swear box where you were fined each time you said a swear word? Well, how about bringing this back for whatever your bad habit is? Buy a piggy bank pot that has no plug and has to be broken to get the money out. Then, each time you smoke, have a drink, or swear, etc., put a set amount of money into it. Then, once it’s full, donate the contents to charity. You’ll make it easier to break your habit and will be helping out a charity of your choice at the same time.
Work out what your triggers are
When it comes to bad habits, there is always a trigger. Take biting your nails, for example, this tends to be linked to stress. Or take smoking, for instance, often social events that include drinking trigger ex-smokers to smoke. It’s important to understand your triggers if you’re going to beat your bad habit once and for all. By understanding what causes you to want to gamble, for instance, or smoke, you can learn to avoid your triggers. Or, if they’re unavoidable, get to grips with how to prevent certain things from causing you to fall off of the wagon.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It’s not easy quitting a habit, especially one that’s highly addictive like drinking, smoking, or gambling. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to look at the help that’s out there. Take smoking, for instance, nicotine is addictive, which means it can seem almost impossible to quit. However, there are things that can help to make the process easier. Such as taking stop smoking tablets, using e-cigarettes, and having therapy, for instance. Or, say you’re addicted to gambling, it can be hard to stay on track when there is so much temptation. However, there’s plenty of help and support out there, should you need it. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to get the help that you need. There’s no sense in making the process more difficult for yourself than it has to be, is there?
The worst thing you can do when you’re trying to break a bad habit is hide it from people. If you’re trying to stop drinking so much, tell your friends and family about it. That way, when you go out, people won’t hand your drinks without asking what you want. Or, if you’re trying to quit smoking for good, tell people so that no one offers you a cigarette and tempts you. The more people you tell, the better. As if people know that you’re trying to break a certain habit, be it social smoking or drinking too much, you have people to hold you accountable. The chances are you’ll be more likely to stay on track if your nearest and dearest are aware that you’re trying to break your bad habit.
Don’t underestimate the value of being positive. Research has shown that being positive can have a big impact on how successful you are at breaking a bad habit. You see, if you go into it with a negative mindset, you’re setting yourself up to fail from the start. So it’s important to be positive from the get go, and not presume that you will fail. Because if your mindset is negative, you’re more likely to fail. You need to believe in yourself and your willpower and know that you can do it – you can break the cycle.
There you have it, everything that you need to know to break your bad habits once and for all. Believe it or not, with the right support in place, you can quit drinking, stop smoking, or break any other bad habits that you may have. It may take time and perseverance, but you will get there. Be positive and believe it yourself, and you can break the cycle once and for all. Good luck!