Bad habits can apply to small tics (such as biting nails), as well as to destructive behaviors that can disturb our whole life (such as alcoholism, gluttony, smoking, etc.). Learn the 6 best ways to break a bad habit.

1. Avoid triggers

Most bad habits are caused by a specific situation or a set of circumstances. If you often struggle to fall asleep, this may be due to a short interval between the last meal and going to bed. If you are not entirely sure what causes your bad habit, start paying attention to the time of a day, place, environment, emotional state, which coincides with the actions that you want to fix. Often the root cause is psychological, such as stress, anxiety or boredom.

2. Replace your habit

Just simply giving up on a bad habit can be difficult or even impossible. Often a better solution is a more indirect tactic in which a bad habit is Replaced with something less harmful. For example, cigarettes are often replaced with a nicotine gum, sweet carbonated drinks are replaced with another but healthier drink, juice or a flavored water.

3. Make it harder to make a bad habit

Most of the common habits are done unconsciously. For example, let’s assume that you have a problem with scrolling Facebook or other websites instead of focusing on your work. If you temporarily disconnect from the Internet, it may help you break the bad habit because you simply won’t be able to connect to the network. Similarly, if you bite your nails Compulsively, putting on gloves might stop you from doing this.

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4. Focus on a potential harmv

Focus on why this behavior, this Particular habit is so harmful. For example, if you like to eat chips and so-called “junk food”, focus on how unhealthy it is and what it causes to your body, visualize possible illness caused by your habit. It can make eating these meals and products less attractive to you. If you start thinking about the positives associated with the habit, remind yourself why this habit is bad and what are the destructive consequences associated with it.

5. Be persistent and don’t stop fighting

Unfortunately, bad habits can be very powerful and fighting them is not easy. The deeper the bad habit is rooted in our lives, the more willpower and Effort are needed to get rid of it, to uproot it. The key to recover after failing is to try again and uptake actions to get rid of the habit. Depending on how bad the habit is attached to you, it may take months to get rid of it.

6. Solve the fundamental issue

Most habits, as we already know, are provoked by a specific triggering factor. For example, an alcoholic can use drinking to struggle with depression or social anxiety. Usually, if you think about it, you will conclude what is the real reason of your bad habit. Until you solve this fundamental problem, its root cause, other methods of fighting against your bad habit may not be fully effective and will only alleviate the symptoms. Therefore, although it can be painful, it is crucial to address the underlying psychological cause of the bad habit.

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