Eight Steps to Break Your Bad Habits

Everyone is aware that there are some bad habits that he or she must give up. But habits die very hard and in spite of wanting to give up the habits stay. This is disturbing to some people but others start accepting it as a part of life. Still others don’t even think of taking necessary action or don’t even understand or consider that they have some bad habits which they must give up. As much as some people hate to admit it, humans are not perfect. We know what we should do—like exercise, eat well and get plenty of sleep—but don’t always measure up. And sometimes what starts as an occasional oversight, slip-up or coping mechanism becomes a full-fledged bad habit. The good news is that it’s entirely possible to kick your bad habits.

1. Note down clearly which are the bad habits you want to give up.

Thinking that you have “bad habits” isn’t enough: you need to know exactly what behaviors you’d like to change. You must also write down why you want to give up your conduct or habit which has been troubling you. What losses the bad habits have caused in the past? What will happen if you continue with these habits? The more details that you describe; the better. Always remind yourself that habits die hard and therefore every effort that you make is well deserved..

2. Penalise yourself for not conforming to your decision.

Make a bad habit a little more painful and you might ditch it for good. Money is a great motivator, so you can use it to create some kind of difference in terms of money. Every time you find yourself to continue the bad habit which you have decided to give up, you take out some money from your pocket and put it in a box. This money can be given for charity or for any other household needs. But take out the fixed penalty from your pocket. If someone catches you with whom you have shared Your decision to give up these habits even then you have to find yourself your decision to give up these habits even then you have need to charge the penalty. Time they catch you doing that thing you want to stop doing. It works the other way too: Reward yourself for beating your habit every day by doing something which you like.

3. Identify the triggers of your various bad habits                                      

Understand how we make decisions, is the key to conquering all kinds of bad habits, including those related to money. Often, we repeat bad habits without even realize we’re doing them. There are five cues that usually contribute to every bad habit, though, and being aware of them can help us learn what’s behind those behaviors.

4. Habits die hard so deal with these, one at a time

Forming better new habits takes time and effort, but breaking established bad habits may be even harder. So be patient with yourself and instead of making dramatic adjustments, try focusing on one habit and the smallest steps you can take to “trick your inner caveman.” With food and dieting, for example, small changes like reducing one pack of sugar or switch cream in your coffee to low-fat milk can make a big difference in the long run and may inspire additional small but meaningful changes.

5. Don’t allow friends to encourage you to do something which you consider as a bad habit

With the best intentions, we fall into bad habits when our willpower fades. You might even promise only to have two drinks when going out with friends, for example, but forget that promise completely as soon as you step into the bar. Try setting up reminders in your calendar for yourself for your weakest moments.

6. Try to bring some changes in your routine

Over time, if you do the same behaviors in the same place, your surroundings can become a trigger—sometimes too subtle to notice. If you go on smoke breaks in your office’s parking lot, the parking lot itself can become a cue to smoke. Switch up your surrounds in even the smallest way. The 20-Second Rule can help too: Make bad habits take 20 seconds longer to start. For example, move junk food to the back of the pantry to its less accessible, and plant some healthy snacks up front. In this scenario, you’re relying on your laziness to settle for whatever is closest to your mouth.

7. Don’t be harsh with yourself; be patient and kind.

As we’ve already established, changing bad habits doesn’t happen overnight, so try not to get upset or frustrated with you when the process takes time. As Tabby points out, it takes a while for your brain to form new connections and for a new pattern of behavior to kick in. Don’t chastise yourself because it doesn’t happen instantly

8. Don’t under estimate your ability.

Even if we hate a habit we’re doing, like smoking or biting our nails, we tend to continue doing them because they provide us with some sort of satisfaction or psychological reward. Catch yourself thinking any positive thoughts or feelings about your bad habits and interpret these in some positive terms to remind you of the negative aspects. The important thing is to keep in mind your decision and be self-aware.

Thanks for reading.