How Quitting a Bad Habit for Good Can Improve Your Life
Bad habits can disrupt our lives and jeopardise our physical and mental health.
So why do we still do them? Can we really do something about our bad habits?
And if so, what do we get when we stop letting it control our lives?
What Causes Bad Habits?
The first step in quitting a bad habit is to identify what causes it.
For most people, the two most common causes are boredom and stress.
Most of the time, we use our bad habits to deal with either of these two. For many people, everything – from overspending or biting your nails to smoking and drinking – can be a response to either being stressed or being bored.
Of course, sometimes these feelings of stress and boredom are caused by deeper emotional or psychological issues. Although these issues can be difficult to think about, being honest with yourself and recognising the real causes of your bad habits is the first and most important step in overcoming them.
How To Quit Bad Habits For Good
Bad habits don’t develop overnight, so it’s unrealistic to expect that you can quit them right away. But if you take the right approach, you can dramatically increase your chances of succeeding. Here are a few ideas you can try:
Don’t tackle all bad habits at the same time
It’s possible that you have more than just one bad habit that you want to break. You need to understand, though, that you don’t have to try to get rid of them all at the same time. Quitting one bad habit at a time is more realistic and achievable.
If you want to give up smoking, drinking and eating too much chocolate, for example, you’ll need to determine which bad habit to focus on first. Once you’ve tackled one or two bad habits, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to deal with the remaining issues.
Take it one day at a time
Focusing on avoiding a bad habit one day at a time is less daunting than thinking you need to avoid it forever. Thinking about long-term deprivation and denial is more stressful and overwhelming.
Instead, take it day by day and tally each day that you successfully avoid your bad habit. Marking milestones on a calendar or even a notebook is a great way to motivate you to keep going.
Talking to someone who can help you identify what is holding you back can be incredibly helpful. Let’s say that you want to quit smoking, but you haven’t been able to stop after trying so many times before. This can lead to feelings of frustration, sadness and anger.
Therapy like conversational hypnotherapy can help you work through your emotions so you can understand the changes you are capable of. It can help you take full control of your life and improve it.
The Benefits Of Breaking A Bad Habit
Breaking a bad habit can change your life in many different ways. And the extent of that change will depend largely on what your bad habit is and how much it has affected your life. Below are examples of bad habits you might want to break and the benefits you can look forward to after breaking them.
Quitting smoking: Improved memory
You already know that quitting smoking can improve your health significantly. But did you know it could also help improve your memory? In a Northumbria University study, experiments showed that habitual smokers performed poorly in memory tasks compared to non-smokers.
Findings from the study also showed that smokers reported more memory problems than non-smokers. By quitting smoking, you could avoid these memory issues that many smokers experience.
Eating less sugar: Younger-looking skin
It turns out that eating too many sweets can cause wrinkles. Sugar can start a process in our bodies that hardens the collagen in our skin, which can lead to sagging skin and wrinkles. By reducing your sugar intake, you’ll be doing your skin (and waistline) a huge favour.
Quitting drinking: Save much more money
Most people know that quitting drinking and smoking could do wonders for their health. But not many realise that successfully cutting out cigarettes and alcohol can also greatly improve their finances. According to a 2017 report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians spend an average of a little over $1,600 a year on alcohol.
By quitting or at least reducing your alcohol consumption, you can save more money and use it for other things.
And that’s just the start. By quitting bad habits like these, you can make massive improvements to your health and take more control of your life.
Need Help Breaking A Bad Habit?
Breaking bad habits may not be easy, but it’s also not impossible.
With the right knowledge and guidance, you can break your bad habits for good and live the life you want.
If you’re looking to break a bad habit that you’ve been struggling with, have a chat with us to see how hypnotherapy can help. We specialise in helping people get at the root of their bad habits and stopping it from the source. We’ll be more than happy to help you finally overcome whatever is holding you back.