Kick Your Bad Habit – And Keep it Away for Good
Getting started on a bad habit is easy, but getting away from it could be almost impossible. So how do you quit a bad habit you’ve been meaning to leave when this is the case? Well, if you’re looking for answers, look no further. Here are some solid tips on making a bad habit a thing of the past.
1. Define Your Goals. First, you have to identify the habit you are trying to kick out. List it down and the circumstances revolving your involvement in this habit. This is the most important step in kicking a habit. If you don’t accept that you have a problem, you won’t be able to solve it. List down how this habit produced a negative effect on your life and document the process that happens when you perform the act itself. Logging all of this down helps you understand your situation better.
When you have written it all down, proceed to naming your goals. If your goal is to quit smoking, then state it boldly. Along with the goal, you will also have to put other data, such as schedules and plans for quitting a habit.
When defining your goals, try not to make the mistake of putting in a very unrealistic goal. This will only serve to frustrate your attempts, and you could very well see yourself falling back on your habit – hard! Study up a bit on a proven and realistic schedule on meeting your goals.
One technique to help you achieve this is to modularize your goal. It you concentrate too hard on quitting nicotine and try to quit cold turkey, you face a lot of stress meeting your goal. Some people believe that gradually reducing one’s nicotine intake per day by stages is the best way to wean a person away from bad habits.
2. Get Help. You should realize that there are things that are best solved with the help of a friend. A bad habit is one of them. Support groups are a wonderful way to suppress your quitting efforts. Knowing that there are people who are going through the same things you are going through, and who support you emotionally and physically, can greatly increase your will and ability to deal with a bad habit.
There are numerous support groups that cater to a variety of habits; you could look them up on any directory and call for a group meeting.
3. Substitution. When trying to leave a habit, the stress and anxiety that follows an episode when you cannot get the ‘fix’ that you want can be truly unnerving. One technique to help you overcome this is to try substitution. For example, when trying to quit caffeine, you will find that a cold-hot-cold shower can allay the jitters that accompany your need for a coffee jolt. The shower also serves to give you a natural ‘jolt’ - all the energy less the caffeine (and the shakes).
4. Keep Track of Your Progress. Progress always is a great motivator for people to stop a habit. However, they rarely go noticed. To avoid thinking that you are going nowhere, keep a log of your quitting journey. This will encourage you when you think you are not making progress.
Also, try to reward yourself for every milestone you achieve. This is another wonderful way to encourage you towards your goal.