Bad habits, who likes them? But we all have them, whether it’s talking to yourself, using slang, lying, picking your teeth in public, or using excessive salt. At some point, we all must deal with them. Briefly, here are some of the many bad habits that I’ve found to be very interesting.
- Bullying People
- Popping Gum
- Talking During Movies
- Thumb Sucking
- Hair Pulling
- Chewing Tobacco
- Chewing with Mouth Open
- Being Late
- Excessive Throat Clearing
- Picking Your Nose
- Smoking Cigarettes
- Biting Fingernails
- Hair picking
- Emotional Eating
- Eating Fast Food
- Alcohol addiction
- Emotional Shopping
How to Break Your Bad Habits
Having bad habits is one thing but knowing how to break them is another. Here is a simple, four-point guide that’ll help you break free from bad habits. Each phase has its challenges, but you will succeed if you give it your best shot. The four steps are as follow:
- Overcoming the Critics
- just Do It
Breaking old bad habits is hard, so much so that many people give up at the start. But truth be told, if you work at it, you will find that breaking your bad habits isn’t that hard.
Acknowledging Your Bad Habits
Before Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ became great, he had many sick habits that he needed to get rid of fast. He was desperate to change, and the very first thing he did was acknowledge his sins before God. (In your case, it’s your bad habits).
Paul’s story highlights the importance of acknowledging bad habits. There’s always a temptation to conceal them, but if you avoid this phase, the chances of you breaking your bad habits are slim.
Learning More About Your Bad Habits
Congratulations! You have made it to where most persons have given up.
At this stage, information is vital to your success. Why? You may ask, well, knowledge is your friend, and it can make or break your efforts. Like the Bible puts it: ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee… (Hosea 4:6).
For this reason, what you don’t know can, and if you allow, destroy you. As an example, if you allow your bad habits to grow without addressing them, you would be doing more harm than good to yourself.
Moreover, it is vital to harm yourself with the correct information. There’s a lot to learn at this phase, but here are a few easy things you can do to fast-track your learning:
- Talk with other people: join focus groups, share your experience with families and friends. You will be surprised how much you will learn from other people’s experiences, and what they did to break their old bad habits.
- Consult a professional: whether a psychologist or a doctor, they are called professional because they can help. So, consulting a specialist wouldn’t be a bad idea.
- Read: if you are a “DIY” person – this is your best option. Read rigorously on the topic until you find the right answers to your questions.
Silent Your Critics
Your biggest critic is you; it is your mind telling you to quit. But don’t listen to critics; follow through with your intentions. Here are two things you can do to help:
- Talking to yourself: this works! “You are not crazy but smart and talking to yourself keeps you calm while reminding you of your goals as you keep your mind on the big picture.
- Focus on the final picture: it’s like the dog and the bone – once the dog sees the bone, it will stay focus. Keep your mind on the big picture; visualize yourself eating healthy foods instead of unhealthy ones. Whatever your bad habits are – see yourself doing the opposite of it (good habits).
Don’t do it!
In closing, if overeating is your bad habit, don’t do it. If lying is your bad habit, don’t do it. If smoking, watching pornography, staying up late, or sleeping with makeup is your bad habit, then don’t do it.