As we get older, we may find ourselves picking up more and more bad habits. While they might not always be life-threatening, anything that prevents us from being our best self has to go! With that in mind, we’re encouraging you to work on yourself as part of our #YoliFromHome Transformation Challenge. Today we’re going to give you some tips on fixing your bad habits.
The first step to fixing your bad habits is to recognize them for what they are. Some are obvious and aren’t hard to see. Others may take some time and self-discovery. If you’re having a hard time recognizing any bad habits you may have, it’s never a bad idea to check in with those that know you best! Ask someone you trust what they think you could work on. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see ourselves as we truly are.
Remember, just because you may have some bad habits, it doesn’t make you a bad person. Nobody’s perfect, after all! We all have things we don’t particularly like about ourselves. While working on those things, please also acknowledge the things you are proud of about yourself. There needs to be a balance, otherwise you’ll just feel miserable!
FIND A REPLACEMENT
When trying to fix a bad habit, it’s important to have something new to replace it with. Just make sure that it’s not another equally bad action! An example of replacing a bad habit with a better one is instead of smoking, to chew gum. Instead of reaching for a candy bar, have a small square of dark chocolate. Your brain depends on that habit for a reason, so you don’t want to remove it entirely. Just find something better to do in its place!
Remember, when it comes to correcting habits, consistency is key. Slipping up once or twice won’t make or break your success, but it’s important to be fully dedicated to changing your bad habits. Some say that it can take up to a month of continual work to break a bad habit. Don’t let that discourage you, though! Instead, think of how much better off you’ll be once that month is over and you’re closer to being the person you want to be.
FIND AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
Sometimes it may be hard to hold yourself accountable to changing your habits, especially if they’re ones that only you notice. That’s why confiding in someone close to you can be a huge help! Talk to someone you trust on what you’d like to work on and how they can help you break your bad habit. They may have something they want to work on, too! Figure out a plan on how you will check in on each other. Share your wins, failures, and struggles. While it’s your job to fix the parts of yourself you don’t like, it doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone.
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