How to: Tips on changing your old, bad habits fast and persistent

Probably everyone has habits that lean more toward the “bad habits” category. May it be smoking, sometimes drinking alcohol a bit too much and too often or just old ways of living you want to change and get rid of. One incentive to change up your current habits might also be our changing climate. Our current life style and sourcing of resources simply wrecks our planet, and the environment. Below you will find a few tips on how to change bad habits successfully. May it be using plastic bottles out of habit, or not composting or separation of waste out of pure laziness, there can be a lot of routines and manners you cant to change.

How to break a bad habit

We all are humans, no one of us is truly perfect. To conquer your habits and to give you a few new strategies to reinforce healthier, more productive routines, check out the tips below. As everyone is different, one recommendation might work better for you, another ones for your friends. It also depends on how much you cant change. As change always has some underlining fear, fear of the new, fear of the unknown, it’s necessary to implement the change up on your own individual pace. Don’t rush it, you want the change to be consistent and not just temporarily. According to research, implimenting a new habit into your routine takes at least 21 days. Make sure to push through 4 weeks, and you can call it an accomplishment!

  • Create a List. Before you want to change something, manifest what you’d like to change. Is it just a personality trait, a real bad habit, or do you want to make your whole lifestyle more eco-friendly? To follow through, it’s good to know what exactly you actually want to change.
  • Create another List. Now that you know what you want to change, create another list or mind-map about all the benefits you will gain and experience by changing yourself. Will it save you money (like quitting smoking), or will it help the environment, or simply enhance your life (by getting fitter/loosing weight/give up meat or dairy)? These will be your ultimate “end goals”.
  • Manifest a purpose. Helping you to get over a bad habit is always thinking about the “end goal”. What do you want to achieve, why do you want to change. Keep this in mind to work through the process of change and adjustment.
  • Set goals. When breaking a habit, it’s not always about the best possible end result. Make sure to motivate yourself by setting intermediate goals.
  • Reward yourself. Only reward yourself, it you have passend some certain milestones. Don’t be too loose and inconsequent with yourself. You want change, therefore work for it, and celebrate your actual achievements.
  • Don’t feel guilty, and ask for help if needed. Changing an old, bad habit, is quite hard. Sometimes, you might feel like you’re not able to accomplish it all by yourself. Why don’t you ask a friend or family member if they want to break the same habit with you, or build yourself a support team of happy cheerleaders that are geniuly happy if you reach another milestone in changing your bad habit(s). Or, maybe you will even need hypnotherapy, in this case you might consult either a general doctor or a specialist.
    Also, don’t feel guilty if you “couldnt make it” within the 21 day-mark. Keep on track and do everything and your very own speed. As mentioned before, you want the change to be worthwile and consistent, take your time if needed and succeed!

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