Are your New Year resolutions long gone, with old habits back in action? You know, those tendencies that happen over and over without thinking. Our own habits can drive us crazy, especially when they’re ones we are trying to break. So how do we finally break them?
No, not about how much you hate this habit of yours. Instead of focusing on the habit itself, try to think about what’s going on when the unwanted behavior occurs. Is there a pattern that you can see – and break?
When and How
When and how does your bad habit occur? Many habits happen during specific situations. If that’s the case, get off the hamster wheel. Avoid those situations! If that’s not possible, try to change your mindset and other actions in the situation. Look for patterns that you can modify or remove.
When it comes to that unwanted habit, consider what’s in it for you. How are you benefiting or not benefiting? Most habits, even annoying and harmful ones, serve (or once served) a purpose. Before eliminating that habit, be sure you aren't removing what’s good.
One of the best ways to break an old habit is by replacing it with something new. Consider the changes you are going to make and what you’re going to do instead. If you're going to go through the effort of kicking a habit to the curb, why not make sure you put a better habit in its place?
For example, if you want to break the habit of eating a bowl of ice cream every night, replace it with a walk around the block.
The first quarter of 2018 may be winding down, but there’s plenty of time left in this year. Here’s to making this the best year yet!
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