Bad habits are just a fact of life and we all have them to a certain degree. Whether it’s sticking to the couch like glue after a long day of work, eating too much sugar, or finding it impossible quit smoking – most of us are constantly looking for ways to improve ourselves. Beating bad habits is a desire of many.
Luckily, quitting those bad habits doesn’t have to be too difficult, though, at least not when you have a foolproof plan to follow. Start by having a look at the simple steps below to improve your life and continue to build healthier habits. That way, you can pass the message on to your friends and family members who are looking for ways out of their own guilty pleasures.
First: You Need a Replacement
When you understand the core of your habits, it’s actually not that hard to put your plan into action. At the end of the day, we tend to make a habit out of something because it feels good; it could be going to the gym, for example, because it feels so great afterward or lighting up that cigarette because of the rush you feel.
No matter what, you tend to continue this behavior to feel the reward of it. That’s why it’s not going to be easy to quit when you don’t have anything to replace it with – and most people report on eating more when they stop a bad habit because they’re subconsciously looking to replace that feeling of being rewarded.
Every time you feel like overeating (if that’s the bad habit you’re trying to get rid of), try to have a glass of water. Sometimes, we confuse hunger with thirst. Want to stop smoking? Get yourself a vape and some vape juice as a stepping-stone to a healthier life. It won’t be everything you need but it will help you a bit along the way. And one day, you won’t even want that!
Next: Remind Yourself Why You’d Like to Quit
The next tip goes hand-in-hand with the reward system explained above. When you want to quit a bad habit, you’re going to have to remind yourself about why exactly you’d like to quit. Sometimes, you’re going to need a reminder about why you’re doing this – and those moments may come a bit more often than you anticipated.
It’s all about delayed gratification, of course, and while you may know very well why you’d like to lose weight or stop smoking, the future rewards are just not enough at the moment. Write a list, for example, of all the benefits you can look forward to, and have a look at it when you desperately need a reminder.
You Don’t Have to Start Over Again if You Stumble
Lastly, it’s important to tell yourself that it’s not the end of the world if you should stumble. Quitting a bad habit is very difficult. Even when you stumble, give yourself grace. Get back up and try again.
Beating Bad Habits
Be kind to yourself and remember that you’re not starting over again even when you stumble. Just continue with a positive spirit the next day, and you’ll be able to leave your bad habit behind soon enough.
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