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How To Stop Bad Habits For Good

Everyone has habits and routines that help them get through the day. But what if those same habits are holding you back? 
Sometimes, it's not easy to break bad habits, but it's worth it! 

A bad habit might be something as simple as biting your nails or drinking too much coffee. Other times, a bad habit can mean more than just an annoying tic; a bad habit can have severe consequences for your health, relationships, and career. With enough determination and an action plan to break the cycle of that negative behaviour, you can ditch the evil habit once and for all.

Identify why you have this habit

Before you can decide to break a bad habit, you first need to understand why you do it in the first place. If you can identify the root of your habit, you'll also be able to see how best to replace it with something more positive. Are you stressed out? Do you have low self-esteem? Are you experiencing some kind of trauma? Whatever the reason, you must identify it before moving forward. You can do this by keeping a journal. Write down the times when you notice yourself engaging in your bad habit. 

What is going on in your life at the time? 
How are you feeling? 
What kind of thoughts are going through your head? 
What would you like to change about your life?

Know why you want to stop

This might sound a bit silly, but knowing why you want to break your bad habit in the first place is essential. What is it costing you? Does it affect your relationships? Is it affecting your health? What will you gain from breaking your bad habit? Will it help you save money? Will it improve your health and relationships? Will it put you on the path to a more prosperous life? 

Knowing why you want to break this bad habit will motivate you to push through and break that pattern.

Enlist some help

Suppose you're trying to break a bad habit that negatively impacts your relationships, like a drug or alcohol addiction; it's best to have loved ones on your side. It's helpful to have people who love and support you and hold you accountable for your bad habits. They can help you identify triggers, talk through your cravings and keep you on track when you feel like giving up.

Sometimes, it's easier to break a bad habit when you have support. If you're giving up smoking, for example, it can be helpful to use smoking cessation aids such as chewing gums or patches to help reduce cravings. Using non-nicotine vape juice can help you to replicate the action of smoking without all of the harmful products in cigarettes.

Write your goals down

When you break a bad habit, it's easy to get discouraged if you don't see immediate results. Instead of letting that discouragement get the best of you, write down your goals. You can keep track of your progress in a journal or on a scrap of paper. This will help you stay on track and see that, with time, you can break your bad habit. 

If you're trying to break a bad habit that negatively impacts your health, like a cigarette addiction, it's best to write down your goals in a red pen. Studies have shown that writing down your goals in red pen has a much higher success rate than writing them in black or blue pen.


Bad habits can really suck, but they don't have to last forever. By working towards breaking the cycle of your bad habit, you can improve your health and well-being while also gaining the confidence and self-love you deserve.

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