Friday, March 01, 2013
Getting Rid Of Bad Habits
I posted my awnsers in the challenge thread in the persons with disability team and I hope that posting here will not only share the idea on how to make the habits disapear avalible to everyone. I am going to drop procrastination :)
Step 1. Identify your bad habit behavior
You canít break a habit unless you know when and how you perform it. Track down your trigger, identify the routine that follows. Complete this sentence, I, (Fill in your bad habit), whenever I (fill in your habit trigger).
Step 2. Assess the risks and rewards of your bad habit
Your habit offers you short-term rewards, gives you pleasure or relieves your stress, which are sound reasons for why you have held on to it for so long. But this habit also holds you back or undermines your health. Recognize the tension you feel continuing this habit as opposed to the long-term benefits you would get if you were to change.
Complete this sentence: If I stop (Fill in your habit), Iíll (what would be possible long term?)
Step 3. Prepare for Change
Create an environment conducive to the changes you want to make in your life. Remove temptations or stressors, wherever possible. Complete this sentence: The biggest physical obstacles in my daily surroundings that hinder me from breaking my bad habits include:
This will help you add good habit reinforcers: The biggest physical assets in my daily surroundings to help me develop good habit behavior include_______________________
Step 4. Purge the Urge to Relapse
Complete these sentences: I canít resist returning to this bad habit when__________________________
Iím best at avoiding this bad habit when__________________________
My commitment to breaking this bad habit is____________________________
Write a slogan or affirmation you can remember and use against slipping back to old routines.
Step 5. Daily Conditioning
The more you feel good, the more you will get hooked on feeling good. You will also become intolerant of feeling bad.
At the end of every day, take a few minutes to express your gratitude for the positive changes that you are making in your life, one day at a time. The strength and confidence we get from breaking our bad habits help us to develop empathy and compassion for others who still struggle with these same problems. The best way for you to keep your new-found freedom is to give it away. That is, find someone who needs help in this area and spread the word. Youíll find the benefits of busting this habit will provide you with unimagined rewards.
Note: For Alcohol-related problems, eating disorders or other compulsive addictions, contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services at www.alcoholicsanonymous.org. For Financial support contact www.DebtorsAnonymous,org.