How To Take The First Step In Changing a Bad Habit

Bad habits do their part in interrupting not just your routine but your life, and delaying you from accomplishing the goals that you have set for yourself. These habits can either drain you mentally or jeopardize your physical health. But we cannot help but stick to them.

The good news is that you can most definitely learn to do something about it once and for all.

What Causes These Habits Anyway

Two main things cause bad habits in people who are aware they are not good for them. The first is stress and the second is boredom. The more time you have on your hands, the more you would want to experiment with new things. The more stressed out you are, the more you will seek ways out of it, ways that are quick and efficient.

Of course many a times the boredom or stress on the surface is a cause of some other deeper issue but that is difficult to think about. However, if you want to make a change, nothing should be able to stop you from doing so. The important thing is that you are honest to yourself.

The First Step Is Not To Eliminate but Replace

Everything you do serves a purpose, no matter how bad that habit is. Your job is to replace the bad habit with one that addresses the same need. No it won’t be easy as not everything has an equivalent or alternative. Sometimes you need more than one thing to make up for the bad habit that you just let go of. Just remember that it is important.

Here is how you break and replace the habit.

Begin by Choosing the Substitute That is Perfect for You Specifically

You always need a plan ahead of time for how you will respond to the need or urge for the habit. Whatever it is that you are dealing with, it is important that you plan what you will be doing instead of your bad habit. For example, if you are trying to quit smoking, do a few breathing exercises to curb the urge, or if you have noticed that every time you drink you smoke as well, then stop going to the bar. By avoiding the things that lead to you indulging your bad habit, you are making it easier for yourself to let go of that particular habit.

Get A Buddy To Help You

When you pair up with someone to quit together, that way you know that someone is watching your failures and knowing that there is someone whose expectations you want to meet, you will be more motivated.

Surround Yourself with The People You Want To Be Like

Do not ditch your old friends but do not make the mistake of thinking that you may not be able to find new ones. Meeting new people is a good way to replace old habits with new ones, especially if you are around people with the sort of vibe that could get you a healthy and happy life.