A bad habit is an unpleasant action that is repeated so often that it becomes typical, although the person may not be aware of it. Procrastination, overspending, overeating, smoking, drinking, and nail-biting are some examples of bad habits.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
A bad habit causes immediate reward but long-term harm. It could turn into an addiction and/or obsession. That’s why it has to be prevented and cured as soon as it is recognized.
The amount of time to break a habit is said to be 21 days in average. It takes consistent practice to replace a bad habit with a good one. But…
“The bad habits remain but are subdued rather than cancelled.”
Here are ways to help you break your bad habits:
1. Recognize your bad habit/s.
When you are assigned to solve a problem in school, the first thing you look for is what is being asked in the problem. That is also how you do it here. What is/are your bad habit/s? Why you do it?
To be aware is a must, i.e. to know the advantages and disadvantages of your habit/s. You understand your habit/s by knowing its consequences, causes, and effects.
Keep on searching related tips and thoughts about it. Learn from others on how to avoid it. And don’t hesitate to ask for help from your family and friends.
2. Change the way you think.
Initiate for a change!
Have your goals with you always. It is ideal to have a plan with what to do next that is relevant to what you want to achieve.
Bonus: Styles of Distorted Thinking
Absorb positive things and things that inspire and motivate you. Focus on what matters the most.[tweet https://twitter.com/ramoscheryle/status/572718882575785985 ]
Most of the time, you have to hear what your heart says. You don’t always accept what other people are trying to give you. You have to make reasonable judgements before you let them influence you.
3. Change the way you behave.
Your plans and goals won’t work if you don’t take action. When you’re done with all the preparation you need, it’s time to make it happen.
Change your environment. You surround yourself with people and things that you think can help you achieve your goals.
Fake it till you make it. You accomplish your goals step by step. Be patient and, I tell you, it will be worth it. Give your best shot always!
4. Take Control.
Be aware of what’s going on. Check your improvements. Track your achievements. And don’t ever forget to appreciate yourself of a job well done.
So I guess that’s it. Now it’s your turn!
Warning: If you can’t manage your habit, don’t hesitate to contact a mental health professional.