Habits make our day! Every moment, now and then, there is some habit we exercise- knowingly or unknowingly. Well, that, of course, depends on the habit you’ve taught i.e. your old habits. As humans, we all may teach habits from different sources without even realizing we do. We aren’t even sure if that’s a boon or a ban most of the time. Often, habits become so ingrained that we don’t even notice why we do them.
I remember my dad always telling me to take good from people and ignore the bad in them. It is easier said than done. We are in a generation where things are learned and grasped so quickly that one completely ignores the fact that there are things that need to be judged before they are accepted.
On the one hand, people tell us that life is short and needs to be lived to the fullest. On the other, we also have people being too judgmental and pointing out 10 things or habits you must get rid of.
Well, one doesn’t have to decide what you need to do with your life unless you think they are important enough to decide. But, to have a happy life, you may want to get rid of a few old habits- good or bad (mostly bad). Also, we have to give up on things that don’t seem right to live life smoothly, right?
Negativity is said to come from bad old habits. It is often assumed that consuming alcoholic drinks is the only bad habit. But that is certainly not true. Bad habits generally have a higher impact on your mind and behavior. Judgments depend on one’s perceptions and thinking. So, something that seems wrong to you may not be the same to somebody else.
7 Ways to Get Rid of Unhealthy Old Habits
If you have decided to get over something, no matter how cool it sounds not, it is okay to go ahead with it for your happiness and satisfaction. More fantastic to make ourselves happy. However, one would not think twice about accepting that getting over a habit is not as easy as teaching it. Focusing on a few Dos and Don’ts will help you succeed. Here are a few points you could consider:
1. Stay Sure and Confident
You might falter and revert to your old habits despite having decided on it. Once you have decided on something, thinking, again and again, will only confuse you, and you will be in a dilemma. To avoid this, once you take a call, do not rethink! You will be surprised to see some of your good wishes cast down on you.
Breaking old habits is a difficult task, so you are likely to fail if you aren’t fully committed to it. Hence, it is necessary to remind yourself that YOU CAN and will do it. Find where you have lost the path and get back to it with all the determination you had initially.
2. Understand Your Habit
Bad habits often come about as a means of dealing with situations that cause stress or boredom. For instance, for many people, smoking provides relief from stress. It is essential to understand why and in which situation you tend to practice the habit. That will help you decide on how to tackle the problem.
3. A Small Start
To make you feel a little lighter and feel like the task is not impossible and burdensome, draw a plan that starts with simple steps. If the first step forward is simple and easy to do, you’re more likely to take it than you would tackle the whole situation.
4. Note Down Your Plan
When you write down something, it is easier for you to remember and keep an eye on how close you have come to your goal. Studies show that having a clear, specific plan greatly increases your chances of success. Writing down stuff will help the information/notes sink in, and you will forget less about it.
5. Start a New Habit
To avoid practicing old habits, try to inculcate a new habit. Something that makes you feel good and refreshed, more like an energizer that you can put in place of the old one. For instance, if you’re trying to stop smoking, do breathing exercises, and go for long walks. But be sure the alternate habit is not dull or saddening. It shouldn’t remind you of your old habits.
6. Go on A Small Trip
7. Reward Yourself
Try and reward yourself with little things that can motivate you! For example, if you are trying to break the habit of being late for work, you could reward yourself with your favorite ice cream each day you arrive on time.
Remember, you are what you are. The decision to mend your habits to improve your life is entirely yours. But sometimes, there might be a few things you would want to do to see your loved ones happy.
Changing and mending habits do not necessarily change you completely. It is just a step toward living a better and more beautiful life. Let things make a difference wherever necessary to make your life better and smile brighter!