How to get rid of a bad habit?

Jan 1st, 2021 | by  Sweta Jaiswal


As much as certain individuals hate to let it out, no one is perfect. We know what we ought to do—like exercise, eat well and get a lot of rest—yet we don't generally do it. At times what begins as an incidental oversight, slip-up or a way of dealing with stress turns into an undeniable bad habit pattern. Bad habits interfere with your life and keep you from achieving your objectives. They affect your mental as well as physical health. To add to it, they burn through your time and vitality. Fortunately, it's totally conceivable to kick your bad habit. Let’s see how. 

1. Identify the behaviour you want to change

You have to make preparations for breaking bad habits by thinking of specific and possible practices; like not dumping your shoes in the family room and placing them in your wardrobe, not eating before the TV but in the dining area and going for a half-hour run five days per week. At the end of the day, go in knowing absolutely what it is you are going to deal with.

2. Take slow and steady steps toward changing your bad habits

Adopting better habits requires some investment and exertion, however, bringing an end to bad behaviours might be considerably harder. Be patient and instead of expecting huge changes suddenly, try focusing on one habit at a time and the littlest advances you can take to deceive your inward cave dweller. With food and dieting, for instance, little changes like diminishing one pack of sugar or change cream in your espresso to low-fat milk can have a major effect over the long haul and may motivate you for additional minute significant changes.

3. Find a better reason to get rid of the bad habit

Indeed, we realize that we shouldn't smoke or eat junk food consistently, yet that mindfulness itself may not be sufficient for us to kick the propensity. Regardless of whether you supplant a bad habit with a good one, once in a while the bad habit will have a stronger 'reward' than its substitute. So for instance, in addition to thinking you should stop smoking since it will be better for your wellbeing, you can rouse yourself to do it since it might assist you with becoming fitter and enjoying hiking in a manner you couldn't previously.

4. Be kind and patient with yourself

As mentioned earlier, changing bad habits doesn’t happen overnight, so when the process takes longer than you imagined, try not to get upset or frustrated with yourself. Be patient and kind. It takes some time for your cerebrum to shape new associations and for another pattern of conduct to kick in. Try not to chide yourself since it doesn't occur in a flash. Likewise, don't whip yourself when you have an unavoidable foul-up, and absolutely never use it as an excuse for quitting. 

5. Think about your bad habits from a different perspective

Regardless of whether we despise a habit we're doing, such as smoking or gnawing our nails, we will keep doing them since they give us fulfilment or mental satisfaction. Think of positive contemplations or emotions about your bad habits and examine the negative viewpoints. Putting it in other words, for this situation, it's acceptable to adopt the thought process of a hater.

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Bringing an end to bad habits requires some serious energy and exertion, however, most importantly it takes determination. Many people who bring an end to negative behaviour patterns attempt to bomb on numerous occasions before they make it work. You probably won't achieve immediately; however, that doesn't mean you can't have it.



Sweta Jaiswal

Sweta Jaiswal


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