A Beginner's Guide to Breaking Up With Bad Habits
If you're here, chances are you're human (unless you're a bot; in that case, hello AI!) and, as a fully functioning human, you're likely wrestling with a pesky habit or two that's overstayed its welcome.
Whether you're scrolling Instagram like a hypnotized zombie, scarfing down donuts during your morning commute, or reaching for a vape at every stressful email notification, let me assure you - you're not alone.
While on the surface it may seem simple to “not do the thing,” the reality is that bad habits tend to stick around, unless we commit to learning how we fall into these habit traps – and how to escape them.
4 Steps To Say Bye-bye To Bad Habits
1. Don't Just Stop, Swap
As we discussed, bad habits often spring from subconscious attempts to meet a need. Simply booting the habit without a stand-in can often lead to a rebound. Instead, find a replacement habit that scratches the same itch. Looking to shatter the "glass of wine after work" habit? Commit to a brisk walk instead when the craving strikes to unwind.
2. Make it Simple
2. Make It Simple
Our decisions are largely influenced by our environment. If you leave candy on your desk, you’re much more likely to eat it while working. On the other hand, if you place healthier nuts or fruits on your desk, it will be much easier to make a good choice when the sugar cravings strike. By designing our environment to support our goals, we can make it much easier to reduce temptations.
3. Paint a Picture
Visualize your success in technicolor detail. Envision yourself triumphantly breaking that habit. Soak in the thrill of accomplishment, and fast forward to a few weeks from now, when that bad habit is just a memory. What are the perks of breaking this habit? How do you feel?
4. Find an Accountability Buddy (or a few!)
Sharing your commitment to breaking a bad habit exponentially increases your chances of success. It's easy to renege on promises to ourselves, but not so much when others are in the know. Bonus if you can find a friend who's also on a habit-transforming mission, you can cheer each other on, hold each other accountable, and celebrate each other's victories.
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