How Do I Break a Bad Habit and Form a New One?

How Do I Break a Bad Habit and Form a New One?

Habits either make or break you, so it seems. New Year’s resolutions rise up before the first of the year and drop off by the first of February. Every goal people have in mind usually gets broken at one point or another. We try to keep up but we fail miserably sometimes. Breaking up with bad habits is important if you want to form (and keep) new ones.

Set New Patterns

Patterns don’t take hold instantly. It takes time for a pattern to become a pattern or for an action to become a habit. Pretend you don’t drink everyday and you have a goal of complete sobriety. Instead of quitting, you just stop without help and put yourself at risk of withdrawal. It’s better and more efficient for you (also safer) if you ask for help and try to cut back with the support of those who know how to help your individual situation.

Replace Old with New

Finding something similar to your bad habit can help you replace it. If you only have the choice to give into it, or stay the same, your habit will influence your choices. If you have two choices, one new choice and one old choice, you have a better chance at picking the new choice that will help you form a positive habit. It puts you at an elevated level compared to where you were before. If you drink alcohol when going out with friends and want to stay sober, try a new non-alcoholic drink. You will still enjoy having something in your hand and tasting a good drink but you’re not making a bad choice. As you start to replace your bad choices with good ones, you begin to reach for the better choices more often and don’t even look back.

Love Yourself

Loving yourself is a huge key to removing the chains of addiction or bad habits. This is where a strong mind and strong love for yourself comes into play. Love yourself enough to stop yourself from doing damage to your present and future. You are responsible for your actions and the consequences that comes along with them. We all make mistakes but we are not those mistakes. They don’t own us nor do they have us locked into anything. What we need is a strong sense of self love that compels us forward and supports us on the journey of recovery. If you are struggling to love yourself or give yourself room to give up bad habits, you might need to speak to people who can help you with your issues and offer support for recovery.

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