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Bad habits: 3 tips to change them

Each of us has them and everyone wants to take them off: Bad habits. No matter if you:

  • Spend more than you make
  • Eating too much junk food
  • Watching too much TV

These are just three examples of unhealthy habits. Most of us have this one way or another. Sometimes our behaviors become regular habits that difficult to change are. Because most of these habits crept into our everyday lives at some point.

New Year is a good time to get rid of bad habits and start the new year with positive ones. What are your New Year's resolutions for this year?

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But why is it so difficult to break bad habits? One reason is that there is only one Moment of weakness needs to get carried away with a bad decision. For example, when you say to yourself “Oh, only a cookie won't kill me”. However, this setting can be dangerous. It is all too easy for us to give in to the temptations of everyday life.

There are tons of psychological tricks out there that can help people deal with bad habits. Here are three strategies for giving up an unhealthy habit.

1. Make a list of "why"

You probably already know them reasonswhy you should break your bad habits. Everyone knows what overeating and drinking mean to our health and what over shopping does to our bank account.

If decisions were always based on logic, we would never feel the need to give in to a desire. But of course we don't. Every time we give in, we leave ours Emotions the decision to meet.

Often times, we succumb to our unhealthy habits as they suppress our negative emotions for a short time. These emotions can be:

  • anxiety
  • sadness
  • lonliness
  • boredom

Balance your emotions. This will be yours Improve decision making and help you resist your negative habits. Try to make your decisions based on logical principles.

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Around logic-based decisions it helps to keep lists.

Make a list of all the reasons why you should avoid your bad habits.

In addition, you list all aspects of how you will be in the future feel better as soon as you break your habits.

Then, when you're tempted to follow an unhealthy habit, you can reach for your list instead. Reading about it will calm your emotions and yours logical thinking increase.

Serves as a good example eating unhealthy snacks while lying on the sofa in the evening. When faced with this temptation, all you can do is reach for your list and read it. This instantly reminds you of reasons why you should stay strong: "You will be proud of yourself in the morning if you don't eat junk food" and "Eating junk food makes your pants tight".

Interestingly, food cravings usually go away after a few minutes. The time you read your list can help you with that To dispel cravings.

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2. Create obstacles for yourself

Sometimes, even with the help of a list, the bad habits are just too tempting. Maybe that's because they're too comfortable. Maybe it's because they're always there.

In the second method one tries to make the temptations difficult to access. The "difficulty“Can vary depending on the situation. For example, if you want to quit drinking and smoking, you shouldn't keep either item at home or go to bars.

But that's not always as easy as it sounds. There are many uncontrollable situationsthat can cause temptation. For example, if your partner has a different diet than you do. It can be difficult to go without sugar if the partner eats a lot of sweets. A practical solution can be agreed here. For example, a partner may consciously hide the candy and temptations.

Ask yourself: which one Obstacles can you put in place for your own bad habits?

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Are you a spontaneous online shopper? Then stop your computer from storing your credit card number. Instead, keep your credit card in a hard-to-reach place (such as in the trunk of your car).

Are you addicted to social media and can't put your phone down? There are apps that can set a time limit on social media.

These techniques can help you. They make your bad habits more difficult to access and help you get rid of them.

3. Come up with a personal mantra

However, the first two points are not always helpful. Sometimes the mind is with Self-doubt filled and difficult to resist negative habits. You could say to yourself, “I am strong” or “You can stand up”.

Develop a mantra that will help you Achieve goals. So you will make fewer bad decisions and start the new year fresh.

A toxic relationship with ex-partner. Are you tempted to text your ex when you feel lonely or sad? A short message can sometimes temporarily relieve these feelings. However, if the relationship was toxic, further contact can be harmful in the long run. Every time you want to text your ex-partner, you should use the word "Self-esteem" to repeat. This example can also be transferred well to the business world.

Develop your own mantra that can help you resist your bad habit. The Repetition of a phrase can increase your self-discipline enormously. Also, a mantra reminds you of the reasons why you shouldn't do something.

Breaking Bad Habits: Give up the things that are holding you back

It is important to break with negative things.

You are only as good as your worst habits.

So try your best to give up what is holding you back in life and your good habits will become much more effective.

Don't forget that Failure part of the process are. There will be times when you screw it up but don't give up. See every mistake as an opportunity to get better and get stronger mentally.

Amy Morin has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We have translated it for you so that we can exchange ideas with our readers on relevant topics.

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