Habits good or not are always connected to our personality. There are habits that are harmless which wouldn’t hurt your health and lifestyle. But those habits that are hard to stop are those destructive and risky ones which will put you into so much trouble later on in life. Bad habits can be changed no matter how hard it may seem. Whether it is to quit smoking, stop overspending, or being buried in credit card debts, it can be stopped. As Aristotle had once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.”
1. Abstinence. Some habit does not need courtship for you to stop it totally. Abstinence is the only approach for habits that threatens your physical well-being such as smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse. The slow process of breaking these kinds of habits is most of the time unsuccessfully. To break it is to completely stop it. It may be harsh for you and tough but remember how bad it might get if you still continue it since that habit had been with years and years already. You might experience withdrawal symptoms so consultation with your doctor is very important.
2. Replace it with good habits. When you suddenly stop with a habit, there’s a nagging feeling within you that your body is lacking something otherwise empty. For instance, if you have a habit of going shopping every weekend, replace it with something healthier like going to the gym on weekends. Otherwise if you don’t do something on weekends you will go back to your old habit unknowingly. Just don’t leave the space empty. You need to get busy every time so that you will not keep on thinking about what you have given up.
3. Make it simple. A simple rule is easier to follow than the complex ones. It is already hard to break a habit what more to follow the rules on how to break it. Make it simple but just be consistent. For example, if you have a habit of sleeping after eating, your rule must not be to go for a walk after your meal. Consider what will happen if it rains. Instead, try having a rule that is generalized like, do household chores after breakfast, or do grocery after lunch, or so. This way your rule wouldn’t become a headache afterwards.
Quitting is a continuous effort. You simply don’t quit onto something. You need motivation and self-control to make it successful. Bring out all the positive outcomes in your life if you stop those bad habits. Don’t take it negatively. Make your ‘quitting’ on a lighter side and have fun with it. Quitting a habit means you’re free to do of something and most likely you freed up some cash that went along with it. It’s better that you trade your habit with a good one. It is one way to release stress. Most importantly, ditch a habit that you really want to lose.