We all have a bad habit that we or others find annoying. These habits are hard to break because of their contradictory nature. What negative habits do you have? Most of us have bad habits such as eating unhealthy meals, smoking, chewing tobacco, not exercising and biting our nails. The good news is that you can change any unpleasant habit once you’ve made up your mind to do so.
Consider these ideas to get rid of your bad habits
Don’t be overwhelmed. Recognize that your goal now is to reduce misbehavior. You will feel better and more in control as you gradually reduce this habit. You may also be able to break the habit altogether. Achieve daily mini-goals to help you make small changes. Suppose you ate more bread and carbs than anything considered healthy. For example, suppose your breakfast consists of two bowls of cereal and your lunch consists of two sandwiches. You want to cut your daily carbs from these meals.
The problem is, you’re stuck eating the same thing every day like a broken gramophone that’s constantly stuck in a loop. Make a daily change to reduce carb intake. You will be inspired to break a negative habit no matter what. In this case, cutting back on bread at lunch reinforces the determination to consume fewer carbohydrates. For lunch, instead of two sandwiches, add extra meat, cheese and vegetables. You will still have a good meal but cut your bread intake in half. After six to two months of changing your negative habits and successfully breaking the cycle that was affecting you negatively, you can now set yourself another mini-goal to replace your second bowl of cereal with a bowl of fruit. So, with an energy boost, you’ll set yourself another mini-goal to cut out the carbs.
How to quit smoking slowly and steadily?
- Control your vices using time intervals. Let’s say you have a habit of smoking. The first thing to know is your daily cigarette consumption. Maybe you smoke 20 cigarettes a day. If you sleep 16 hours a day, you smoke about 1 cigarette per hour.
- Smoke one cigarette per hour. On the first day, cut four cigarettes from your intake. This is growth! You will have smoked 28 fewer cigarettes by the end of the week. It’s a great incentive to quit smoking!
- After 10 days to 2 weeks of smoking one every hour, reduce the interval to 1-1/4 or 1-1/2 hours. Eventually, you will smoke one cigarette every four hours, or four cigarettes a day.
- At this point, choose between reducing your cigarette intake or quitting completely. Your day-to-day approach is working.
- Reward yourself and track your progress daily. Keep adding notes on everything you do. An additional quit smoking tip is to eat ice cream whenever you feel like a cigarette.. You can also watch anti-smoking documentaries and reprogram your mind by feeding it all the information related to the negative effects of smoking. Smokers are not really addicted to nicotine although there is no doubt that it is a highly addictive substance. The real fact is that smokers are actually addicted to their unconscious mind’s response to cigarettes. They are constantly trying to match the first burst of endorphins that occurred when they lit their first cigarette and, unfortunately, they never feel that again. They get caught up in this blind and pointless pursuit. The sooner you get rid of this habit, the better it is for you, the people around you and also for the environment.
For people who are trying to quit smoking, chewing tobacco, or biting their nails, you can also write down how many times you did that day. Check your calendar at the end of the month to see if you’ve successfully minimized your bad habits 75% of the time. If so, give yourself an incentive to help you quit your vices in the future. You can add a day of fishing or a hobby that helps take your mind off the habit you’re trying to kick.
Even though it’s hard to break a bad habit, you can definitely do it one day at a time.