Change bad habits is not very easy because habits shape who we are. Habits are the reason we are able to accomplish things without thinking about them.
However everyone has some bad habits maybe 2 or 3, and we’ve probably known we need to stop before it causes more harm than it already has.
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6 Ways To Change Bad Habits
1. Recognize the Problem
In order to start changing our bad habits, we first need to start recognizing which ones we have are bad. So, take a moment, sit in a quiet place free from distractions, and for example, go over your past week.
Think about all the things you did and try to start to remember some recurring things you did that you may not be so proud of, that you can be qualified as bad habits.
Write all these down on a sheet of paper so you’re sure not to forget them. Now that you have recognized the problems let’s work on correcting them.
2. Practice Your New Habit every day
A very common mistake many people make when going about tackling a bad habit is not to work on really fixing the problem.
The truth of the matter is time is almost never actually the problem, if you add up all the time-wasting you have any given day including watching TV, napping, procrastination, distraction, or gaps between work then you would find you have more than enough time to change a bad habit.
The reason you need to be practicing your new habit every day is that you will become conditioned to your new habit much faster when you practice it. This ensures you’re not allowing for your brain to reason its way back into old habits.
“A change in bad habits leads to a change in life.” Jenny Craig
3. Talk About Your New Habit in the Present Tense
One of the best ways to change a bad habit is to change your thinking in your subconscious mind. To do this you’ll want to continually remind yourself all day as often as possible of your goal to kick this bad habit.
Say the following line to yourself both out loud and in your head “I’m so happy and grateful now that… (insert your goal)”.
Repeating these sentences and thinking about your goal all day will eventually work it into your subconscious mind which in turn will change your actions. And your actions will become your desired results.
4. Say To Someone Your New Intention
It’s pretty simple all you have to do is tell someone about your intention to change your bad habits.
This person can be a close friend or family member who will support you and check in on you often to make sure you are staying on track.
It will great if you find someone who has some bad habits too to break. Together, it will work better and faster, because bad habits are tenacious.
And when you have some maybe little success, post your new habit on your social media. It will help eventually someone else to take action too.
5. Do Not Be Too Hard on Yourself
Changing habits can be hard especially when they’re old and stubborn so do not beat yourself up too much. Remember this is a journey and it will take a little bit of time and effort so be patient.
You will do things great just keep working towards your goals and kick those bad habits.
6. Build Healthy Habits For You
It takes about 4-5 weeks of repetitive action for most things to become a habit.
Just small, doable habits that won’t take too much out of your day. By themselves, they seem small. But together, they amount to a whole new and healthy you.
For example, take a look at one habit you can adopt :
Drink 8-oz glasses of water when I wake up, and before each meal/snack.
Did you know that with just a 2% loss in water, you lose focus, you feel tired, you are more prone to headaches and have decreased mental performance?
Staying hydrated keeps you focused, keeps you healthy, keeps you fuller longer, and helps dietary nutrients get to where they need to be.
To change bad habits, think about a few more healthy habits that you want to fit into your day. Think about how much of a difference you can make in just a few weeks.