Our body is our most valuable asset, and our time is limited. It is rather obvious that you need to take care of your body if you hope to live a healthy, prosperous life. Eating well and exercising are a positive start. However, getting over your bad habits is what sets you on track to living a more successful life. Bad habits could be a variety of things; ranging from chronic smoking to procrastinating or eating too much. The list is endless. So, what are some of the ways you could use to curb bad behavior?
1.) Acknowledging that you have a problem
Getting to know your bad habit is essential in helping you overcome it. A recent study on lifestyle habits by researchers from the University of Alberta determined that most people assume that they understand the risk of their behaviors, though this does not motivate them enough to stop. Denial is a very big problem when it comes to overcoming destructive habits.
To be honest, the process of acceptance may be the longest when it comes to recovering from a bad habit. However, the key to acknowledging a problem is feeling the pain that is caused by it. Carry out some self-observation to gain perspective on what you have to do. Eventually, you'll find out that pain is a very good motivator and it really helps you through the transition process.
2.) Cultivate the right mindset
Once you "feel" the problem, you should now focus all your energy in seeking a solution for it. Always stay positive.
Yes, it might be scary and complicated at first to try and figure out a solution for your problem but remember, having a strong willpower is crucial in helping you stop the habit.
Even if you've been in the habit for what seems to be like ages now, remain positive at all times. If you perceive and believe, you will achieve.
3.) Identify your triggers and avoid them
Whether it is smoking or procrastinating, a bad habit needs a trigger to take effect. Knowing your triggers is key in to your recovery. "What if I don't know my triggers?" Don't worry. Luckily for you, human beings are quite predictable creatures. In your search for stability in life, you'll notice that you often indulge in activities that you deem to provide you with "comfort". Obviously, the harmful activities are your triggers.
Keeping a journal or diary will definitely help you discover a pattern in your behavior. For instance, you may notice that every time you have a bad day at work, you end up drinking excessively.
Once you've identified the triggers, try your best to avoid them.
4.) Begin the recovery process step-by-step
Once you know what your destructive habits are and what triggers it, you're almost home. The next crucial step is changing that behavior. The best way to do this is basically countering what triggers that behavior.
Now, an important thing to remember is that change has to be gradual. Trying to turn start over all at once is not only unrealistic; it will end up being counterproductive and cause you unnecessary trouble.
Say you have a habit of consciously dating abusive people. Firstly, convince yourself that you deserve much better. Afterwards, avoid places that you're bound to meet with such people. More importantly, learn to put boundaries between yourself and such people. In addition to all that, teach yourself to leave if you're physically and/or emotionally hurting in a relationship. With time and persistence, you'll start getting into more rewarding relationships.
So, don't be in a hurry. All you need to do is just develop an elaborate game plan, decide on how long it should take and give it a go. Patience pays.
5.) Commit and take responsibility
One sure way to remain focused to the task at hand is by committing yourself. Inform your family and friends on your plans to change for the better and ask them to hold you accountable for all your actions. This gives you the drive you need to get better.
Furthermore, be responsible and ensure that you stick to the plan. Pledging an item/money or making a promise to your loved ones is sure to keep you on track.
6.) Seek help and support
Having a shoulder to lean on when the times get rough is very helpful in ensuring you stay committed. The road to recovery is surely not easy, so having someone or a group of people to keep an eye on you is essential to your goal.
If you don't wish to involve your family or friends, join a support group. Getting to share your story with other people who've undergone the same thing not only strengthens, it also comforts you. Whenever you feel that you just can't go on, talk to someone familiar and all will be well. Always make sure that somebody has your back.
Conclusively, it is possible to get out of a bad habit. With the right mindset and support, you can achieve any target you've set. Additionally, learn stay true to yourself and never give up. With time and patience, you'll be amazed by the results.