Is it possible to overcome bad habits and replace them with a good one? The answer is yes. It is very possible but it is not easy. People are not perfect. Even though we know what we should do like eating well, exercising, and getting good sleep, we still indulge in unhealthy habits. These bad habits interrupt our life and prevent us from becoming a better version of ourselves.
Most of the time bad habits are formed out of boredom and stress. But this could not always be the case. You can teach yourself new and healthy ways to deal with stress and boredom. You have to recognize the cause of your bad habits because it is crucial in overcoming them.
Habits really are hard to break but you can replace them instead. You have to replace the habit with a new one but with similar benefits. Habits are present in our lives to address certain needs. For that reason, it is better to replace healthier habits with bad habits.
Replace bad habits with a new one
James Clear outlined some ideas on how to replace bad habits with a new ones.
- Choose a substitute for your bad habit.
- Cut out as many triggers as possible.
- Join forces with somebody.
- Surround yourself with people who live the way you want to live.
- Visualize yourself succeeding.
- You don’t need to be someone else, you just need to return to the old you.
- Use the word “but” to overcome negative self–talk.
- Plan for failure.
The first step in breaking a bad habits is awareness. You have to be aware of what are those bad habits that we are doing and why do we want to get rid of them. Wrap your head around the problem by being aware of it. Then, you can start to implement the ideas above and break your bad habit. Breaking bad habits takes time and effort and most of all perseverance.
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