Bad habits. Scrolling through social media, procrastinating, biting your nails, snacking late at night, twirling your hair, late night fast food after a few too many adult beverages, sleeping in…
The list is endless, and looks different for every person…but we all have them. We are not, however, condemned to a lifetime of tardiness, mangled nails, or excess belly fat from our many overindulgences. With mindfulness and the motivation to stay strong, bad habits can be reversed. Here are some tips to break those bad habits for good:
It takes time to break a bad habit! While many say that 28 days is all you need, research shows that most people need upwards of 3 months to break a bad habit. We are all unique, and there is no magic number for when we should be able to kick our bad habits by. Move at your own pace and put down the self-judgment. You may slip up, and that’s okay! A slip-up doesn’t negate all the work you’ve already put in. Take a deep breath, forgive yourself, and get back on track!
Hold Yourself Accountable
Write down your goals, and then put them somewhere where you will see them everyday. There is something about writing down your goals that brings them to life, and even holds you accountable to reaching them. Reach out to your support system, too, and tell them about your goals! Not only is the act of speaking your goals out loud a powerful one, but your support network can also help hold you accountable for kicking those bad habits!
Identify the Underlying Issue
Many of us go around practicing our bad habits unconsciously, but rarely ever take a minute to stop and think, “Why am I doing this?” We often engage in bad habits as a way to avoid a larger problem, to self-soothe when we are feeling discomfort, or because we might have a limiting belief about ourselves that can manifest as a bad habit. Feeling uncomfortable in a conversation?You might pick up your phone and start mindlessly scrolling. Or, maybe you are procrastinating because you are really just afraid of failing at the task at hand. Examine the “why” behind your bad habit, and try to resolve it from the ground, up.
Many times, our bad habits manifest due to the presence of mental illness…and, vice versa, mental illness can manifest due to our persistent bad habits. If you are suffering from a mental health condition that is impacting your daily life, seeking help from a qualified professional may be the key to breaking those bad habits and living your life to the fullest.
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