How to Stop Being A Prisoner Of Bad Habits
Bad habits are hard to break. These habits can become almost automatic actions, especially those that are long sustained. Individuals controlled by their bad habits feel somewhat imprisoned by their behavior.
However innocuous the habit may seem at first, once it reaches the point where the person is unable to control this behavior, it becomes harmful.
If this pattern of behavior goes on unchecked, it is going to be extremely difficult for a person to put a stop to this. This is why probably the best way to get rid of bad habits is not to develop them in the first place! But this is virtually impossible, given that every person has the tendency to develop a habit.
If you are one of those people who are addicted to bad habits, here are some methods that can help you get out of your habitual prison cell.
1. Be dedicated to your cause. It is important that when you finally decide that they want to kick out your bad habits, you have to stick by this decision - whether the bad habit you want to break is nail biting, smoking, overeating, etc.
You can start by mentally preparing yourself for this move. You should not treat this lightly, but rather you should treat it like an important event that will change your life for the better! This is why serious effort must be put into the process of trying to quit a bad habit.
2. Tell your friends and family about your decision to quit a bad habit. Friends and family will be able to help you get rid of your habits by encouraging and offering you moral support.
3. Make a list of the consequences of your bad habits. Putting it in writing makes it official! This has long helped those who are in denial about the harmful effects of their habits realize that their bad habits does in fact have consequences! Anytime you feel the urge to go back to your bad habits, you should read this list out loud!
4. Don't quit! If you find yourself reverting back to your old ways, just make a conscious effort to stop. Getting rid of bad habits does not happen over night. It is a gradual process. Many individuals will not be rid of their habits at their first attempt. But the important thing is that you keep at it, until you finally kick out the habit for good!
5. Replace bad habits with good ones! Find an activity that will replace the old bad habits that you've formed. For example, instead of eating because of boredom, try to do something more constructive. Pick up a hobby that will divert your attention from eating.
Always keep in mind that when the going gets tough, you have to persevere and not give in to the temptation to go back to your old ways!
You should always keep in mind that all the hard work and dedication that you are putting into quitting your bad habits will pay off - that what lies in store for you in the future is a healthier, and happier lifestyle!