What can I do to replace this awful habit I've created?
Last Updated: 10/21/2019 at 10:17pm
Theresa Gulliver, Registered Clinical Counsellor
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Replace it with a new habit that is not harmful. If it's something to do with your hands, I like to play with smooth rocks or silly putty to keep my hands occupied. Some other neutral habits can be things like taking long showers, painting your nails, finding a hobby. Make a list of things you like to do and have it with you at all times so when you need it, you can look at it and find something else to do instead.
Try to find something positive to replace it with. For example: Reading, running, sewing, playing an instrument or even by playing video games!
Well it depends on what habit you have. The best thing to replace it with something you can easily do whenever you need to. You can always change what you're replacing it with if it's not working. Example: so a person is a self harmer. That person could get around trusted people, and keep them away from harming tools and what not. Everybody has some kind of habit that is bad/awful. Also everyone deals differently. Hope this helps.
To replace an awful habit created by your own self, I recommend distracting yourself. Also reminding why that thing is wrong.
You need to find a new, beautiful one. You need to distract yourself from that awful habit, and day by day you forget about it when you'll have a better one
Give yourself consequences when you do it and give yourself prizes when you fight the urge .if you can stay 40 days without doing it you will be over the habit! (stopping or starting a habit takes 40 days). Good luck!
Breaking bad habits can be very difficult, some people cut the habit cold turkey and others phase out the habit in stages. I find that taking care of yourself: getting enough sleep, eating right, taking a shower, getting outside, light exercise; is helpful in resetting yourself and ridding bad habits.
Find alternatives for the issue. Maybe do something to distract this habit by creating a better one in replace. Another thing you can do is to punish yourself everytime you do it (10 jumping jacks, pushups, etc.) to train you to get rid of it.
you could try distraction techniques. every time you think about doing the awful habit, try talking to someone or go for a walk or have a warm bath
Find some positive coping mechanisms to replace the habit. Slowly start to push the habit into the background
Habits can't easily vanish straight away - we need to set ourselves small goals and make a slow progression instead of an immediate one. Therefore, try reducing frequency of this habit per week then per day and so on. Depending on the habit type, it's an interesting idea to replace the habit with something similar or something that makes you feel just as pleasured or happy as a result of the habit. Remember, it all takes time. Patience and determination is key! It will be difficult at first, however reducing the frequency more and more will help you get used to it and get used to the replacement also.
Bad habits interrupt your life and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. They jeopardize your health -- both mentally and physically. And they waste your time and energy. Most of your bad habits are caused by two things... stress and boredom. Everything from biting your nails to overspending on a shopping spree to drinking every weekend to wasting time on the Internet can be a simple response to stress and boredom. What are you going to do when Facebook is calling to you to procrastinate? (Example: Write one sentence for work.) Whatever it is and whatever you're dealing with, you need to have a plan for what you will do instead of your bad habit.
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