What Causes a Bad Habit?
To understand what causes bad habits, you need to get an outside perspective on the problems you’re facing. Whether through a psychologist, spiritual leader , or even a best friend, getting some outside insight will give you the edge you need to get in front of the habit and pull it out by the root.
Once you find this new perspective, you can see where the issue stemmed from. Did it stem from starting a new job? Did it start when you fell out of a bad relationship? Did it start when you lost a loved one?
Every factor of your life includes some sort of habit. What’s important is to have the strength to reward your good habits and remove the bad ones.
It’s imperative to replace or, at the very least, impede the bad habit. What’s the key to succeeding? Start simple.
Want to be more healthy? Start the habit of drinking 1 glass of water a day. Increase that every few days until you have cut soda out completely. Want to ease your bad spending habit? Sign up for a money-saving app like Acorns or Stash. These apps will save you money (that you won’t even notice) until you have quite the savings account. Need to break the smoking habit? Remember, start small, remove ALL tobacco products out of your car, home, or work place. The simple act of doing this will slow your habit down and make it easier to quit.
Breaking the Habit
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you’ve taken the hardest step! Now, reward yourself! No seriously, take a moment and congratulate yourself anyway you see fit. This is the next step to breaking your habit.
As you continue your journey, you will begin to see positive changes depending on what habit you’re trying to break. For example, if you’re trying to kick sodas, you will most likely also begin to lose weight from the act of cutting out excess sugar and that will help you to feel more confident overall! This, in addition to your reward system, will give you the strength you need to kick the bad habit.
There’s no “magic pill” you can take to break a bad habit. It’s an overall lifestyle change you need to consciously make to succeed. Just know you’re not alone, there are millions of people who are trying to better themselves each day.
If you’re not quite ready to change, ask a friend to break the habit with you. Simply having someone else to hold you accountable can make all the difference in the world.
Take your time. Never give up. Keep looking forward.