5 Steps To Breaking Bad Habits

We've all got bad habits, I for one have many; being negative, over eating, sitting in front of Netflix for 23465468 hours at a time and the reason that these things are bad habits is because they all have a detrimental effect on my mental and physical well being. I'm working on a lot of my bad habits and over the month or two I've made quite a lot of progress and now I'm ready to share with you how to kick that bad habit.

Bad habits form because of repetition or through positive reinforcement.

1. Write down the bad habit you are trying to break.
Put that bad habit on paper with a pen, underline it, write it in bold or whatever. That is the habit that you ARE going to break. Then say it out loud 'I will ....'

Example: I will not comfort eat crap.

2. Recognise your triggers.
Keep a notebook handy with you during the day and see what triggers your bad habit. Write down every trigger you come across.

Example: Stress, lack of access to healthier alternatives.

3. Avoid your triggers
Write down every single one of your triggers on your notebook and then by the side of that an idea on how to avoid them.

Example: Manage my stress through stress management and buy healthy snacks.

4. Substitute your bad habits for good habits
Now in order to finalise breaking your habit create a new good habit, something that will benefit you.

Example: I will meditate every day and eat celery instead of junk food as a snack.

5. Enlist help
And if you're still struggling then enlist the help of your friends and family. Let them know you're trying to break a habit, what the habit is and what you're trying to do to break it and how they can help.

Example: I could ask a friend to join me for yoga and ask mum to hide the junk food or stop buying it.

What bad habits do you need to break?

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