Did you know that you have the power to change your bad habits at any point? You don’t need to wait until the New Year to make positive life changes. However, changing your bad habits is a lot easier said than done. If you’re struggling with changing a bad habit, here’s how to make things a little easier.
It’s easy to say, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to exercise more” but neither of those is very defined. What is it that you need to do differently in order to ensure that you’re successful in losing weight or exercising? Defining your goals will help them not only seem more manageable but more achievable as well. Saying, “I will exercise for 1 hour 3x a week” is better than just saying you want to start exercising.
Find Your “Why”
Changing a bad habit isn’t easy because often times there are a lot of emotional attachments and underlying causes of the habit. Perhaps you drink too much because you’ve been stressed at work. Maybe you haven’t been eating right because you’re having relationship issues. Find out why you’re engaging in this bad habit. From there you will be able to feel more connected to your goal of breaking the habit because you know why you want to break it. You want to feel better, look better, be better, do better, etc.
Whether you’ve had this habit for a month, a year, or 5 years, you’re not going to automatically change overnight. Change is a process and a journey. Change can take anywhere between 18 and 254 days. So don’t beat yourself up if you can’t totally quit the habit cold turkey or if it’s been 6 months and you have a slip-up. You’re not perfect and neither is your journey. Give yourself some credit.
Celebrate Your Successes
Acknowledge your successes! Breaking a habit is not for the weak. So even the smallest win is worth celebrating. Find healthy ways to treat yourself that fall in line with your new values. Get a massage, see that movie you’ve been wanting to see, go offline for a day and enjoy the world. Whatever you do, just make sure you reward yourself.
Habits develop for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we use a habit to cope with stress, sometimes we use a habit to make life seem easier. As difficult as change may seem and be, it is possible. If you’re struggling to make positive life changes, maybe we can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out how counseling can help you create the change you wish to see in your life.