17 May 2016
Habits are like social crutches, we rely on them as an involuntary response to situations. They are things we tend to do regularly or activities that we get accustomed to performing or carrying out as a result of certain social situations or triggers.
Habits can either be good or bad but most times, human beings are prone to performing bad habits. Habits such as smoking, drinking, nail biting, tongue sucking and many others tend to come about in response to certain triggers.
The key to breaking a bad habit is understanding and realizing that the habit is bad and in detriment to your health and well-being. After this stage, you must be determined to stop that bad habit and be willing to do whatever it takes to stop it.
There is a lot of dedication and devotion needed to breaking a bad habit, therefore it is important that you must be mentally ready to stop it so that your progress can be effective.
– First, you must understand that breaking a habit is practically changing your lifestyle and so it is a gradual process that requires consistent and constant effort.
– Identify the habit you wish to break and aim for short term, daily goals and victories.
– Identify your habit’s triggers and try to avoid them daily.
– Monitor and document your day by day progress and steps in breaking the habit.
– Set reminders for yourself about breaking your habit. Set a daily alarm with hourly reminders, write it on your journal or notebook or bedroom wall, refrigerator door, car dashboard and anywhere you frequent daily.
– Tell your friends and family. It helps to have a support system also reminding you of breaking your habit.
– Allow yourself brief moments of lapses. If you fall behind on your target, don’t be too hard on yourself, that can make you feel discouraged and even make you stop completely.
– Reward yourself for your little progress and victories.
– Use the 21-days rule. If you can do something everyday for 21 days, you will do it for the rest of your life. try breaking your bad habit for 21 days at first and see how it goes.
– Change your environment or any other situation that causes a trigger for your bad habit. Re-train your mind or pick up a good healthy habit in exchange for the old, bad habit.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.