In the course of living, human beings tend to pick up many habits. Sadly, not many of these habits are good. Some habits are so bad that they affect our life and the lives of the people around us.
Other habits are smaller but can irritate people or build up over the longer term so that they’re not good for us.
You probably want to get rid of at least some of the habits you’ve got that are bugging you. But how do you do this?
Avoid Possible Triggers
Just like the need to eat is driven by hunger, bad habits are caused by something.
In order for you to kick out these habits, you’ll need to identify the triggering factors and work on them.
Do you smoke only when you drink? Stop drinking and you won’t have to smoke. And, yes, that may be easier said than done but if you really want to stop smoking it could be the best decision.
Snacking, even when you’re not really hungry, is another common bad habit. Depending on your household you might be able to eliminate the “bad” food items from your home altogether, making it a considered decision to go out to buy a snack.
Whatever the bad habit, if you can identify and reduce the trigger that causes it, you’re on the right track.
Replace Bad Habits With Good Ones
Let’s face the truth, it’s often very difficult to stop and completely do away with some bad habits. Because if it was easy, you’d have done it already.
What do you do then?
The solution lies in finding a good habit to replace the old one.
For example, if you tend to drink when you’re bored or idle. To stop drinking completely, you need to find activities that keep you busy and less bored. Maybe join a fitness club at your local gym will do the trick.
Or if you drink to relax, find something to do instead.
Take some time to figure out what will work for you and don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the right substitute.
Choose Your Company Wisely
The people that you interact with are partly responsible for your bad habits.
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Avoid hanging out with people that make you do bad things!
If you have a drinking problem, avoid hanging out with people that drink.
If you have people who lead you astray (willingly or otherwise), cut down the time you spend with them and maybe even change your set of friends because if you’re being dragged the wrong direction, are they really friends?
Visualize Your Life After Stopping
You really want to kick out that bad habit, right?
One way to do this is to visualize the good life you’ll have after you successfully stop.
Imagine yourself in the future- with no bad habit.
This will serve to help you develop a new identity, stop the bad habit, and develop good ones.
This type of visualisation can be really powerful – take the time to go into lots of detail about your future self and how your life will look. If you can almost step into your future life, you’ll have a much easier task getting to it.
Get People To Help You
Sometimes all you need to kick out a bad habit is someone who understands and supports you in every possible way.
This will go a long way in helping you develop a good habit to replaced the bad one.
Communicate your desire to quit to someone you can trust.
This could include your spouse, siblings, parent, or a trusted friend. You should consider joining relevant clubs or groups, either in person or online.
This will help you to meet with people who share your interests. The support you’ll give to each other will help a lot.
From the tips shared in this article on how to stop a bad habit fast, you’ve discovered that you have the ability to stop any habit.
As you can see, the key to stopping lies in developing new habits to replace the bad ones.
Find out what new habits you can adopt fast that will not only help you stop the bad ones but be a better person.
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