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The Psychology Behind Breaking a Bad Habit

Bad habits are things that can interrupt your life, and they can stop you from being yourself and living the life that you really want to. Bad habits can also lead to a decline in your health, both physical health and mental health, not to mention that they can waste a lot of time, money, and energy. But even though we know about them, the hint is in the name, they are bad for us; why do we do it? But the point to think about is if there is anything that we can do about them in our lives?

So today’s post is all about making some changes in our lives, and the lives of people around us. It is all about how we can remove some bad habits and the behaviors behind them, and how we can choose some better ones instead. So here are some of the things that you can do if you have a habit that you want to break.


The Psychology Behind Breaking a Bad Habit


Choose a substitute

There are certain reasons why we react to certain things and why we take up bad habits, and those things tend to be because of boredom and stress. And those two elements are unlikely to leave your life. So what you need to do is be prepared for when those times come. One of the things to do is to choose an alternative thing, and have it planned ahead of time, so that it can make a massive difference and you can just go straight to it. If you feel the urge to reach for a cigarette, for example, could you look at vaping, with things from somewhere like Vape Empire instead? It can then help you to wean off it all completely over time. You could also think about bad habits like wasting time on social media, for example; what will you do when boredom calls? Have things planned ahead that you will choose, and then you won’t be faced with a dilemma.


Cut out as many triggers as possible

There are going to be some triggers in our life that are never going to leave. As mentioned, stress can happen in life, so having an alternative habit when you’re feeling stressed will help. But if you smoke, for example, only when you’re out drinking, then the trigger there is alcohol; could you cut that back in order to cut out the cigarettes? If you just eat far too much junk when sat watching TV, can you simply not buy those kinds of foods or choose to do something else, instead of watching TV? Make things easier for yourself by not having triggers there as an option in the first place.


Visualize yourself succeeding

Being able to see yourself doing what you want (and need) to do is important. For example, imagine yourself throwing those cigarettes in the bin, or choosing better options when dining out. Whatever bad habit that you are looking to break, visualize yourself breaking it and imagine how things will look when you do.



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