How to Break Bad Habits and Form Good Ones
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How to Break Bad Habits and Form Good Ones

Posted on December 20, 2017

Why do we have bad habits even when we know they are not good for us? Why is it so hard to start a healthy new habit? It can be hard to get habits under control. Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you how you can kick those bad habits and replace them with good ones.

Try these tips to help you break bad habits:

  • Know about your habit. Do not brush it off, but don’t judge yourself for doing it. Facing your bad habit may bring up a lot of feelings, but this will help you notice it more when you do it in the future.
  • The next time you take part in your bad habit, think about how you felt before. Were you angry, worried, stressed, or bored? Were you craving something? Where were you? How did you feel after? We often feel even worse after engaging in our bad habit than we did before.
  • Start small. Make small changes. Set small goals to help you reach your one big goal. Picturing your life without the bad habit will also help.
  • Use “If-then.” Such as, if you are trying to eat healthier, make a grocery list and tell yourself:
    • if I go to the grocery store, than I will only buy the foods on my list.
    • if I walk home, than I will not walk by the bodega where I buy snacks.”
  • Plan to fail a few times. You might slip up. That is okay. Just keep trying!

Follow these tips to help you form and stick to new, good habits:

  • Think about why you want to form a new habit. Sometimes we form a good habit to replace a bad habit. Sometimes we form a good habit to make us feel healthier. What will you gain by forming a new habit?
  • Figure out how your new habit will impact you day-to-day. Will you have to change your routine?
  • Set small goals. Do something small each day that will lead you to your goal.
  • Commit to a plan and tell others. Once you have made your plan, stick to it. Tell your loved ones that you are starting a new habit. You will be more likely to stick with your good habit if you have the support of people that care about you.
  • Ask for help. You do not have to be alone while forming your new habit. Get a gym buddy, ask your family to cook and eat healthy with you. Each goal is simpler with the support of others.

To learn more about wellness contact the Wellness Department at Community Healthcare Network at (212) 432-8494 or [email protected].