Breaking bad habits is one of the hardest things to do because the brain’s natural reaction is to remember what it has done before, and it makes you repeat that behaviour again. Breaking a habit requires three key components: motivation, awareness, and knowledge.
Be aware of what you’re doing when engaging in negative behaviour. Avoid getting into autopilot mode and just going with the flow because that’s when bad habits are made automatically without even thinking about it. Instead, think about why you do whatever you’re doing. For example, ask yourself: “why am I eating this piece of chocolate cake? Is it worth it?” or whenever you feel like having something to drink, ask yourself if there are any other alternatives out there instead of another cup/bottle of cola, etc.? Or maybe you’ve been charged for driving under the influence of alcohol, yes you can hire criminal solicitors to build a case for you, but something still needs to change afterwards.
This may take time, but once your mind starts training itself towards the good stuff, it will eventually be natural for you not to want anything else but positive things (think how easily people give up smoking or drinking alcohol, for example).
Understand What Must Change
Another vital thing to keep in mind is that there are things you must change. So it’s not about breaking your bad habits but replacing them with something better and more positive.
For example, instead of having a cigarette break after lunch at work, go for a walk outside or try taking deep breaths every time you feel the need to smoke one – this will help reduce cravings and make quitting easier because you’re making small changes gradually. The same goes for other types of addictions such as alcohol, drugs, etc.; if anything else, these can lead to severe health issues, so please be smart when choosing what makes an impact on your life (for good).
Rely on Close Friends and Family
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to talk with someone about your bad habits and what you’re going through to get help and advice. This can be done in many forms, such as individual therapy sessions or even talking with close friends/family members that are willing to listen without judging – this is also an opportunity for them to let their issues out if they have any which might be affecting the way they perceive things. Again, it doesn’t matter who listens. Just make sure that somebody does because it will help both see the bigger picture of life.
Replace Bad Habits With a Different One
A great way to break your bad habits and create a positive environment is by replacing them with something else. For example, instead of having that third cup of coffee in the morning, try going for a jog or run (if you can). You will feel healthier, happier, and energized and get rid of those extra pounds because if it’s between exercise and cola – always choose activity! It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do; just make sure you enjoy whatever it is because otherwise, there won’t be any point in doing it anyway. It might take time before things start changing but at least both your mind and body will be thanking you once they finally realize how good this feels.
The main thing you need to remember is that breaking bad habits requires time and patience. It’s not easy, but it can be done with the right mindset and support from others around you. So if at any point in time you feel like giving up, don’t give up.