Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My Guide To Cutting Bad Habits For Good

Everyone can hold their hands up and say they have at least one bad habit they’d like to cut out of their life. It may be something simple such as nail biting. Alternatively, it may be something that's not good for your health. Like smoking! When it comes to bad habits, it can seem almost impossible to stop. That’s why they’re called habits, because they’re engrained in our daily lives. However, with a bit of mental determination you can cut any bad habit out of your life for good.

Write It Down
The first thing you need to do is admit to yourself that you have a bad habit. This sounds easy, but a lot of us don’t want to admit our flaws. This isn’t about telling yourself off, it’s about realising you need to change something in your life. Grab yourself a pen and paper to write down the bad habit (or habits) you want to cut down. Seeing it there in black and white will instantly give you more motivation to quit.

Start Now
The worst thing you can do is tell yourself you’re going to quit on a given date. I’ll wait until I’ve eaten all of the junk food in my house before I start my healthy diet. I’ll finish all the cigarettes in the packet before I kick the habit. I’ll stop biting my nails when my exams are over. You’re already making excuses and you haven’t even begun! Once you’ve written down those bad habits, tell yourself you’re going to stop right away.

Out With the Old, In With the New
Now, get rid of anything that may be supporting that bad habit of yours. It could be cigarettes, junk food, or something else entirely. You also want to get rid of that old attitude and mindset. You won’t give into biting your nails just because you’re stressed out. You won’t have one cheeky cigarette when out with your friends.

You should replace all of the things you’ve thrown out with something new, especially for die hard habits. This could be by getting an e-cigarette or legal highs, whatever it is that replaces your bad habit. Going cold turkey can work for some, but for most of us we need to replace the old with the new. Again, you want to bring in a new mindset as well. Seeing as you’ve got rid of the old one! Tell yourself that you can do this, you will do this. Positive mental attitude can make such a huge difference.

One Day at a Time
Quitting a bad habit is no easy feat. It becomes even harder if you’re too focused on what life will be like in a week, two weeks or three weeks. We’re only human and we need to take each day as it comes. We’re going to have setbacks and there are going to be hurdles in the way. By taking it one day at a time, it becomes easier to handle. Focus on how beautiful and healthy you are right now. You need to put one foot in front of the other at all times. It doesn’t matter how little those steps are, just don’t stop or go backwards.

It takes 21 days to form a habit. Just 21 days of little steps is all it takes to change your life for the better. Start now! 

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