We all have our vices. Maybe you are addicted to your morning coffee or bite your nails too frequently. These things aren’t always a problem, but if they do start to bother you it might be worth considering ending the cycle. This can be difficult. You aren’t alone in having trouble breaking those habits and rituals, as they are deeply rooted. If you do want to break that habit, here are a few tips to help you get started.
Understand what triggers the behavior
Things that we do perpetually often have something to do with our mindset surrounding them. For example, coffee may be part of your morning ritual and you might feel that you can’t wake up without it. The nail biting might occur when you become agitated or nervous about something. Understanding when and why you do the things you do is often the only way to effectively break the cycle. When you know the why behind the behavior, you can make changes.
Write down your intention
Writing down your intention to change a behavior can help you remember it. Often these things are done without even thinking about it, like nail biting. You might only notice after it has occurred. By writing it down, you are being conscious of it, which can help you realize more quickly when it is happening so you can put an end to it quickly.
Tell a friend
A friend can remind you when you engage in the bad behavior, which can be particularly helpful if you don’t even realize you are doing it at times. Telling another person can also instill a sense of accountability to end the behavior.
Sometimes stopping something all at once is just too drastic. It may work for some people, but if you want an easier transition and a lasting effect then start with small steps first and work your way towards quitting completely.
When you have successfully quit or stopped engaging with your bad habit you should give yourself some recognition. Reward yourself. It might even be a good idea to have the reward in mind when you start, as it can also serve as a positive form of motivation.
Be patient with yourself
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up now and again. Depending on the habit, the level of effort required to break it may be incredibly difficult. Small progress is better than no progress. So, just keep at it and remember that with the right amount of motivation and focus you will get there eventually.
It is also worth mentioning that the timing is important. If you are experiencing a big life change or more stress than usual, it may not be the right time to stop certain habits. This might only cause more stress. Only you can be the judge of this, but it is definitely worth keeping in mind. Good luck! Continuously striving to better yourself is the sign of a true Career Girl.
By Lindy Callahan