Helpful Tips to Break Bad Habits

By Jarin

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Last Updated: March 20, 2021

There is an old saying that says we’re all slaves of our habits. Do you agree with this demeaning statement? If you don’t, you are right where you should be. In this post, we aim to teach you how you can break bad habits once and for all.

You can find numerous articles on the internet that covers individual topics like how to quit smoking or how to be more positive in life. But our goal is to get to the core of bad habits and uproot them for good.

Do you think you can do that? For a better life? Then let’s get started.

Understand Why You Want to Break Bad Habits

Doing everything in your power won’t do you any good if you don’t know why you are doing something. So, when you want to break bad habits, you must know within yourself why you want it to happen.

How is the habit affecting your life? Is it personal? Or is it professional? Let’s take smoking, one of the most common examples of bad habits. What does it do to you? You can search on the internet for as long as you want to find the answers.

For starters, it’s the largest cause of death in the world! It’s severely harmful to the lungs. It causes high blood pressure. Do you want more? You can find more when you do your individual research.

What we’re trying to say here is find the reason why you want to break bad habits. Finding the reasons will guide you to the path of light.

Find the Triggers

This is the most important step to break bad habits. Bad habits are after all habits and we feel the sudden urge to do it after a certain task or at a certain time. If we take smoking, for example, stress might trigger it. Or you might feel a sense of relief when you puff the cigarette when you’re done eating.

The triggers obviously vary from person to person so we can’t chalk out a plan for you. What we can suggest is that you take notes. Whenever you’re doing what you define as a bad habit, take note of what you did just before. And analyze if that was the trigger.

Once you’re done figuring out all of the triggers for your habits, you can proceed to the next step which is reversing it.

Keep a Strong Morality

This is the hardest part. And it’s okay. Most of us can’t keep up with the promises we make to ourselves when we try to break bad habits. If we take the same example of smoking, we often go like ‘just one’ cigarette won’t do anything.

Soon, the one becomes 10 a day. Then a pack. Bad habits develop without us actually realizing it. And that’s the part where awareness comes into play. You need to be aware when you’re doing it.

And you cannot budge. Before you jump into breaking the habits, you need to determine and set your mind free from kinds of mental slavery. Free your soul and believe that you can do it. There is nothing more powerful in the world than one’s determination.

Look at Your Circle

Most of our bad habits and triggers are associated with our surroundings. For example, you might feel a strong urge to smoke when your friends are doing it. But you cannot possibly change your friends at this point in life, can you?

What you can do is ask them nicely to not smoke in front of you. The same goes for drinking. If you want to put a leash on your drinking habits, you can ask your friends not to invite you to drinking parties.

If your friends truly care for you, they’ll support you fully and abide by you. They’ll help you overcome your weaknesses. That’s what friends are for, right?

If it’s not helping, you can enlist in any of the support groups around you. We’re pretty sure you can find one for the habit you’re trying to break. Like Minded people often connect and it won’t be hard for you to make some new friends.

Mindfulness Goes a Long Way

One of the greatest strategies you follow to break bad habits is practicing mindfulness. It’s the art of being present and connecting your mind and body.

Due to the busy lives we lead, our minds and bodies are often disconnected. This disconnection leads to practicing bad habits like smoking without us even realizing what it’s doing to us.

Meditation is a great way to practice mindfulness. In fact, it’s the easiest way to achieve it. Keep in mind that it won’t happen overnight. You have to be patient and practice enough to reach the level of relaxation required.

If you’re not sure how to meditate, we have a very helpful article on how you can master the art of meditation.

It will bring your mind and body together and make you stronger than before to break bad habits. When you’re deep into your own realm, no habit can impose slavery upon you.

Place Reminders

No matter how careful we are and how determined we are, we are still humans at the end of the day. And humans are liable to mistakes. But one mistake might make you crumble when you’re trying to break bad habits.

So, what do you do? You set reminders. Something as simple as a sticky note might seem very helpful in such situations. Write down the main reason you want to break the habit and place it around you. So, even if you were going to do it out of habit, the sticky note can save the day.

Wrap Up

Breaking bad habits is not as straightforward as the term sounds. When we go through years of repetition with the same habit, our body and mind get used to it. The longer you practice it, the harder it seems to break.

But everything must bow in front of strong willpower like yours. Deep inside you know you can do it. We wish you a very happy life and congratulate you in advance for breaking your bad habits.

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One comment on “Helpful Tips to Break Bad Habits”

  1. Bad habits...
    Yes, simply to say that bad habits will destroy the plans what we wanted to do so. But is very difficult to to remove it since it was already the habit of a person. Basing on your good explanation on this topic i found it that you're right....and it needs constant practice until can make it.

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