Habit has a way of sneaking up on us. They begin to be able to start off as a momentary lapse and become an established routine. But not all habits are bad. For example, such as leaving the wrong shoes in the hall or the dishes in the sink. Fortunately, these are easy enough to crack, but usually more uncomfortable or less profitable are the more difficult.
Bad habits are difficult to break because they become hardwired into our brains. The first step to better habits is to find the trigger, which prompts your brain to do the behavior. The next step is behavior itself, and finally give the reward to yourself, so that behavior can be repeated in the future.
Luckily, habits are changeable.
Here are a few ways to get rid of your bad habits anda make better ones.
Identify the habit’s structure
The first step to changing a habit is identifying it. There are many actions that we do without even thinking. For example, biting our nails or fidgeting. Even though they are self coping mechanism triggered by an emotion, you may have given it free rein to become a habit. Some behaviors can become so ingrained that you no longer see it as a habit. So, take a moment to reflect on some of your bad habits and make a determined effort to change them.
Find the trigger
Now that you know what you want to do, find out what triggers it. Is that an emotional response or a situation? Typically, triggers belong in one of five categories, Place, Time, Emotional state, Other people, Preceding action
Find out what kind of situations you typically engage in habitual behavior. Then, make it difficult for yourself to do so. Learn to identify triggers from your habits. Some triggers are emotional. If you feel the trigger is emotional, take a moment to assess how you feel about the moment. Contact someone you trust who can help you deal with the emotions you feel or try to break free from the environment that triggers those emotions.
Eliminate the reward
Whenever you want or like something, your brain releases dopamine, this same chemical is released as you make a habit. That’s why habits are so painful to break. However, could set aside the system of habit recognition. By punishing bad habits and giving yourself credit every time you don’t.
Take baby steps
Eliminating bad habits doesn’t happen overnight. It takes patience and consistency. Take baby steps. Break down the habit into small changeable doable behaviors. Making these small positive behavioral changes will keep you motivated and inspired to change that bad habit.
Change the environment
Psychologists believe that the environment plays an important role in the molding process because the environment gives you clues as to how you should behave, so if you have trouble getting rid of bad habits, change your environment. According to Charles dubisg, author of the power gf habit, a good time to change bad habits is through vacations. For holidays take you out of your familiar surroundings, change your daily routine, and eliminate established ward signs. Next time you are on vacation, use it to replace a bad habit
Find a substitute
You technically do not get rid of a habit, you’re replacing it. Develop a better alternative to what you are already doing.
Changing your bad habits for the better is not easy. It’s a process that takes time. Remember to be kind and loving toward yourself during the process and enter with a plan. Make a list or plan and visualize the new behaviors you want to follow.
Delia Permata Zaytun
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