Break Free of Old Habits
We all have some habits that we can do without. Some habits are really hard to break! Here are 8 tips that might help…
- Realize that you have the habit and that the costs out weigh the benefits. Know what the consequences are if you don’t stop those habitual behaviors.
- Keep a journal to recognize your habit patterns. Do you shop when you are stressed out or just bored? What are the triggers to your behavior?
- Surround yourself with a support system. Some habitual behaviors may need professional support or group support to help shake them. Other habits can be broken with support from friends or family. Sometimes an accountability buddy works really well. Make sure that you get the type of support that works best for you.
- Be prepared for relapses. You are almost guaranteed some type of relapse. Just have a plan in place prior to the relapse so you can nip it in the bud.
- Check the negative self-talk and self-doubt at the door. Make sure you are setting yourself up for success. Realize that you deserve this positive change in your life. You need to know that you can do this!
- Some undesired behaviors may need a positive behavior to replace it. Figure out if you can replace a “bad” habit with a “good” habit. For instance, instead of biting your nails, go get manicures. Instead of working too much, schedule in some gym time. Figure out the best new activity for you.
- Monitor your progress in your journal. Not all of us can change a habit “cold turkey”. Look at how you are improving and take joy in knowing you can do it.
- Reward yourself. Remember that you are really achieving a big goal for yourself and you should be proud!