~ Collaborative ~ A Few Ways To Help You Break Bad Habits

"If you want to live a healthy, happy life one, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to break your bad habits and make them history. Bad habits have a habit (see what I did there?) of interrupting your life, making your miserable, and in many cases negatively impacting your health. You would be better off without them right? But how exactly do you go about breaking bad habits once and for all?

Get professional help

If your bad habit is something serious or something that is difficult to tackle without help, such as drug addiction or smoking, you should really seek the help of a professional; it’s particularly important to seek help for addiction because you really can’t do that alone. There’s nothing wrong with needing some support, and if you aren’t confident you can go it alone, asking someone to assist you will give you the best chance of success.

Replace it

Perhaps, the most effective way to break a bad habit is to replace it with something else. Often, we indulge in bad habits because we are stressed or bored and removing that coping mechanism can make life tougher than it needs to be. By replacing a bad habit with a healthy one - say switching smoking for eating popcorn or switching nail-biting for a walk around the block - you can ensure that you have something better to do when you feel the urge to do your habit.

Remove triggers

Most people have a trigger that causes them to do their habit. For example, a lot of people smoke or drink when they’re stressed, and that is why it’s a good idea to work out what your habit triggers are. Once you know that you eat junk when you’re bored or you smoke when you’re out drinking with friends, you can start to remove yourself from your triggers so that the urge to do your habit doesn’t kick in.

Get a buddy

So many people find it hard to break their bad habits on their own, but much easier to manage when they have a buddy cheering them on. That’s why so many people go to the gym with friends or tell their friends and family that they’re dieting - it gives them more of an incentive to keep going and not let anyone down. This can work well for breaking bad habits too. The key is to choose friends who will be supportive, engaged and willing to help you out when you need it, and you them, of course.

Use visualisation

It isn’t for everyone, but a lot of people find that if they regularly visualise themselves as being healthier, happier and bad habit free it’s easier for them to get to where they want to be, so it might be worth a try.

Ditch negative self-talk

If you tell yourself you’re useless a failure, never going to give up chances are you won’t because your brain plays a big part in breaking bad habits, so try to be positive, and if you do say something negative, add a “but” followed by a more positive statement to get you back on track."


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