Do you want to drop your bad habits? We all have bad habits that we would like to change, from procrastinating to smoking to overspending. Check out 4 tips to help you break ANY bad habit in your life.
1. Change your environment – often your environment will be linked to your bad habit. For instance, if you work in a shopping mall, you may be more inclined to overspend, and if you live with smokers, you may find it harder to quit smoking. Make quitting easier for yourself by being aware of the places that tempt you, and if it is possible, try to avoid them.
2. Be aware of why your habit is bad – most people want to quit their bad habit, but when their willpower is tested they only feel tempted. If you want to cut down on sugary drinks, remind yourself when you’re tempted why you don’t want to. This may seem obvious, but it will make it easier to stay away from your bad habit.
3. Replace your bad habit with a good habit – instead of leaving a space in your life where your bad habit was, find a new habit that you’ve always wanted to try, such as cooking, reading or painting. You never know – your new, good habit could be much more enjoyable than your old, bad habit!
4. Review why you relapse – many people relapse when they are trying to quit a bad habit, but this shouldn’t deter you from quitting. Instead of feeling sad about your relapse, ask yourself these questions; was I in a good mood or a bad mood? Was my relapse affected by my mood or my environment, or neither?
What did you think of this list? Do you have a bad habit that you want to quit? I am trying to cut down on sugary snacks – so far, so good!