Tips for Breaking a Bad Habit

Have you been struggling with a bad habit?  Maybe you have a habit of mindlessly snacking while watching shows, drinking soda instead of water, or spending money on frivolous items.  It’s time to say goodbye to your bad habits and live the life you want to have!  Simply follow the process below to break an unhealthy habit.


  1. Find Your Focus


To begin, you need to think about the one habit that is most degrading your life – your focus will be on this single bad habit.  It is best to devote some time to meditate on what your focus will be.  Sit quietly and either think or write as you answer the following questions:


  • What is something wrong with my life?
  • What causes this aspect of my life to go wrong?
  • What can I do to improve this aspect of my life?


For instance, if the “something wrong” is your weight, you could look at what causes your weight to go wrong.  Are you eating too much or too little?  Then decide how you could improve this aspect.  Maybe you could resolve to eat mindfully and stop eating once you are full.  No matter what your bad habit is, these questions can help guide you towards a healthier life.


  1. Replace the Bad Habit with a Healthy Habit


It is so difficult to tell yourself “don’t do this.”  Think about a time when your parent told you “don’t eat this candy”, then as soon as they left the room, you suddenly wanted to eat the candy!  This characteristic of you probably hasn’t changed as an adult.  So instead of telling yourself to simply stop the bad habit, think about what you could do instead of that bad habit.  For instance, instead of grabbing a soda as you sit down to a show, you could grab a glass of water!  Or instead of habitually turning on the T.V. once you get home from work, you could habitually put on your running shoes and head to the gym to get your sweat-on!  For more healthy habit ideas, check out this article [insert link to first blog post under “article”].


  1. Make Your Resolution


This is your Anytime Resolution (because it doesn’t have to be January 1st in order to improve your life!).  Once you know the habit you want to break and what you are replacing the habit with, you need to make a resolution to truly end the habit.  Make this your #1 priority over the next three weeks.  This is a big commitment, so make sure that there are life-changing reasons for replacing this habit.  It also helps to post reminders throughout your house, car, and workspace so that you don’t lose your focus.  Friends and family can be great tools as well – build yourself a support group by letting your loved ones know about your new resolution.  But remember, life is a journey and we are bound to stray from the path now and then, but our reminders and relationships help to bring us back on track!  


So if you are struggling with a bad habit, it’s time to take the first step in the right direction!  Say goodbye to that bad habit and say hello to a wonderful life.  If you want to strengthen your resolve to end your bad habit, simply comment below with your resolution to a beautiful new you!

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