Everyone has at least a few bad habits that they have trouble getting rid of. Usually these bad habits do not make much of a negative impact on our lives.
However, there are some bad habits like substance abuse that can drastically impact our lives in a negative way. It is important to have the skills necessary to get rid of a bad habit when it is hurting our lives.
To that end, here are four healthy ways that you can quit your bad habits.
Replace the Bad Habit with a Good Habit
For example, if you have a bad habit of drinking, then do something like playing an instrument when you feel like a drink.
If you do this consistently, pretty soon your brain will rewire itself to become addicted to the good habit instead of the bad one.
Try to find out what triggers the bad habit so that you can respond immediately and replace it with the good one.
“Realize that your urges will be strong, but they will go away after a few minutes,” says Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net.
“They come in waves, but just ride out the wave. Find strategies for getting through the urges — deep breathing, self massage, eating frozen grapes, walking around, exercising, calling a friend who will support you.”
One of the best ways to get the energy to transform our bad habits is to regularly exercise. Exercise not only boosts our energy levels, but also helps to reduce the levels of stress in our bodies.
This stress relief will reduce the chances of engaging in bad habits. It is best to exercise as much as possible when trying to break bad habits. A minimum of five times a week is ideal.
Be Accountable to Someone
When you are trying to break a bad habit in a vacuum, it can be very difficult to make yourself accountable for your slip-ups. However, when you have someone else who is monitoring your progress, it gives you added incentive to not fall off the wagon.
Having someone who supports you in your mission and keeps you accountable is one of the best ways to ensure success.
It is best if this accountability partner is someone close to you who you feel comfortable sharing everything with.
No Excuses or Exceptions
It is essential that you never allow yourself excuses or exceptions when you are attempting to stop a bad habit in its tracks. Any little slip-up can lead to a horrible backslide. Don’t think that one drink is okay because it is a special occasion. You need to be firm with yourself and stay disciplined at all times. Every day without the bad habit makes you stronger. You can learn more at this infographic by therehabadvisor.com.