Wondering how to break bad habits? Habits come in many shapes and sizes. Some bad, some good. Bad habits can often grasp a hold over you that may feel impossible to break. We’re here to lighten the load and remind you that nothing is impossible! Combine your dedication and the five methods below to begin your habit-breaking journey!
1. THE CARROT AND THE STICK
The carrot and the stick is not only a method of Byzantine warfare but an effective habit-breaking tool with results that speak for themselves. From a young age, we are socialized into a system of punishment and reward in response to good and bad behaviors. From the star chart to the naughty step. Treat yourself for a week of breaking the bad habit and sanction yourself for relapsing into the habit. Sanctions can be anything, from putting money in a jar to the removal of certain privileges.
This method trains your brain to recognize the rewards of habit breaking. We will always choose the carrot over a stick.
Accountability is essential when it comes to altering habits. In monitoring our own behaviors through journaling and tracking, we have a record of our performance. The Win At Life Journal allows us to have a visual representation of our behavior, which holds you accountable. When we track our goals, diet, and water consumption we are able to see patterns in where we excelled and where we fell short. When you can see your own behavioral patterns and poor performance, this accountability will motivate you to do better tomorrow.
3. HABIT REPLACEMENT
The best method to beat a bad habit is to replace it with a better one. A habit that benefits you physically, mentally, and spiritually. If you indulge in fast foods, replacing this habit with learning to cook delicious, healthy meals that will satisfy your body’s cravings, without the feeling of sluggish guilt that follows. If you are stuck in a rut of social media scrolling, increasing your screen time, try picking up a book or practicing meditation to improve your mindset. You get the picture.
80% of our learning is completed by the subconscious mind. When you form a habit, it is the unconscious mind that maintains the desire to fulfill this habit. Both conscious and subconscious choices are pivotal in breaking a habit. Sleep hypnosis podcasts can be found on YouTube and Spotify targeting the most common bad habits such as emotional eating and poor sleep patterns. In harnessing our subconscious brainpower through hypnosis, we reprogram our mindset to change for the better.
5. GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
Bad habits are often our comfort blankets during emotional turmoil. Poor eating, drinking, and sleeping habits can be signs of unhappiness or stress in aspects of our personal and professional lives. In looking at the stressors behind the habit, we are able to truly understand it, therefore, we are able to target the root of the problem and we are better equipped to combat this behavior. If you’re wondering how to break bad habits, hypnotherapy might just be what you need!