Breaking The Habit: The Ultimate Guide

"I can give up whenever I want!" A common mantra among those of us with less than healthy habits. In fact, sometimes it can be a lot easier to pretend that we are still in control even though we know that deep down it is our habit this is pulling our strings. The good news here is that you really can give up your less than healthy habits, for good too with a little effort and the right help. A topic that the post below deals with in more detail!

Acknowledge you have an issue

First of all, before you can break a bad habit like smoking, drinking too much, or overeating you really need to acknowledge to yourself that is it something that you no longer want to continue doing anymore.

To help with this, some folks choose to write down all the problems their habit is causing them and all the advantages that quitting could give them as well. Then even when they are struggling, they can use this list to keep them motivated and moving closer towards their goal.

Seek help

Next, once you have recognized, you have a terrible habit, and that you want to break it, it's time to get some help. In fact, this is one of the most crucial things you can do, because breaking a bad habit can be very tough on your own.

Luckily, there are so many possibilities for help out there, from a smoking cessation clinic run by your local GP to an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab where you stay as a resident. Something that allows you to focus totally on your recovery while you learn the skills that will help you to get well.

In fact, you may also find the help you are looking for in those around you, especially if they have a similar bad habit that they wish to kick. The reason being that you can help to motivate and support each other. After all, no one can be more empathetic than a person taking a similar road to yours.

Replace with a healthy habit

The next step when breaking a habit is often to find a more healthy one to replace it with. In fact, using these tactics can bring twice the advantage. This is because it provides your body and mind with a distraction. Something essential for when you face the urge to engage in your old bad habits, but don't want to give in. Additionally, it can also help to provide you with an improved sense of self-esteem and confidence as well, something that can further act as fuel for your bad habit breaking journey.

Celebrate your milestones

Lastly, when giving up a bad habit, it is imperative to celebrate milestones, no matter how small. For example, if you have had 1 less cigarette than you did the day before, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back.

In fact, by keeping a record of all your smaller victories, you can help to build up your confidence through your journey. Some folks even like to reward themselves when they reach significant milestones as well.

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  1. I have a habit that has been very difficult for me to break. I really appreciate this informative article. This really helped. Thank you for sharing