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How to Break a Bad Habit

by Wanda on July 17, 2016

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It’s really important to love yourself- to be happy with who you are even if you’re not perfect. Perfection is boring anyway! Self-love and all, though, don’t you have a bad habit or two you really wish you could break? And that’s a trap for making you feel like a failure, because breaking habits can be sooooo hard! I know all about it. But because of my love¬†for my imperfect self and my constant quest for self improvement, I’ve been working hard to learn how get out of some habits that make me love myself just a little bit less. Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • You have to replace a bad habit with a good one. You can’t just wipe away behaviors, so you modify them. If you’re trying to stop biting your nails try chewing gum instead.
  • Have a conscious plan. Winging it just won’t work. You need to plan it out. Just be careful not to bite off more than you can chew- set small goals if the whole project seems like too much.
  • Find a method that works for you. Don’t plan to do something that really won’t work. If you’re not a morning person don’t plan to get up at 5 AM.
  • Write everything down. Your plan, your triggers, your emotions.
  • Avoid triggers. Once you know what can set you off, do you best to avoid those situations or people- put the fattening snacks on a high shelf. Or distract yourself when you’re hit with a trigger.
  • Reframe your thinking. Look at your bad habits in a negative light, instead of thinking about the satisfaction you usually get from them.
  • Involve others. Let your loved ones know what you’re trying to do. They can be there for you with¬†reminders and support.
  • Reward success. Even small steps.
  • Visualize yourself succeeding. See yourself successfully changing your behavior and being happy about it.

Anyone who’s tried to break a bad habit knows it requires a lot of hard work, often with some setbacks. Hopefully these tips can help you set yourself up for success!

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