4 Easy Steps To Break That Bad Habit

How To Stop Bad Habits

By Anonymous Ink

"This is absolutely the last time I'm going to do this". That's what you said last week.....and yesterday too. Breaking a bad habit or habits isn't easy. They are like that one stain on your clothe that just won't come off.

Its fine. The most important thing is actually knowing that there is a habit that needs to change. If you know so, then here are 4 easy steps to break free from it.

Self-Awareness And Action

Think about it. Why do you decide to throw out the trash? its either you notice its full or you are aware of the bad smell coming from it. (or maybe your mom told you to do it?). Anyways, that's how it is with bad habits too. The most crucial aspect of change is recognizing what needs to change in the first place.

When aware, you'll be able to pinpoint the emotions, situations and environments that trigger you. You'll also be conscious of the consequences of your habits and how it affects both you and those around you.

Funny thing is, its possible for one to see the thrash overflowing or perceive the foulness and still decide not to do anything. In as much as it is important to be aware of what needs to change, nothing happens if there is no action. So the onus is still on you to act on your decision.

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Set Realistic Targets

So you've finally decided to change your ways. Ideally, the next step would be to set targets for yourself. The point is, endeavor to set realistic targets. That is, targets that can be reached easily. Don't forget that you're trying to stop something you've become accustomed to. Set an unrealistic goal, and you'll be frustrated in no time. It can even push you to go back to what you've been trying to avoid.

For example, if you suffer from procrastination, try breaking up your tasks into smaller bits. That way, you won't suffer from burn out or fatigue. You'll probably end up postponing what you're doing. There, back to square one.

Find Alternatives

 It's not just about stopping the behavior it's also about replacing it. Instead of focusing solely on what you're trying to eliminate, shift your attention to what you can add to your life. Identify positive habits that can serve as substitutes for the negative behavior.

For example, if you're trying to quit smoking, consider engaging in physical activities like jogging, yoga, or meditation to help manage stress and cravings. That way, you'll gradually weaken the grip of the bad habit.

Consistency and Patience

Changes don't happen overnight. Its a slow process. You also have to understand that slip ups are bound to happen. The key is to acknowledge the setback, learn from it, and refocus your efforts on your goal.

To stay on track, consider enlisting the support of friends and family or even a mentor who can hold you accountable and provide encouragement.

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