Whether it's biting your nails or drinking too much coffee, we all have a 'negative' habit we wish we could drop. Sometimes we don't even remember how it started, yet now we can't imagine our daily lives without it. As much as we want to let go of the practice in question, it's often a lot easier said than done, especially when it's so ingrained in us that we don't even realize we're doing it. But before you lose all hope, we're here to break down all the habit-breaking tricks out there. No, they are not 'sure things' (even the experts who know all the tricks of the trade can struggle), but they will set you up on a path to recovery. Who knows, you might even pick up some new daily habits on the way too!
According to the experts, the first step to recovery is understanding why you do it. For example, if you're picking your cuticles because your hands need to be busy, find something else to keep them distracted. If you like them to be 'smooth' with no loose skin, maintain a regular manicure schedule. Eliminate the cause to remove the habit!
If that's not doing the trick, there are some other tactics to try. The more determined you are to stop and change your ways, the more likely you are to make it happen quickly. One thing to do is make a list of issues the habit will cause for you or the people in your life. By doing so, you will be forced to face the direct consequences of your actions, making them harder to ignore. Similarly, it can be helpful to write down how quitting the habit will positively impact you and your loved ones. These approaches can be of great use - especially for giving up smoking.
Train your brain to pick up healthy habits when it's in need of a distraction. Instead of grabbing chocolate, make a cup of tea instead. Be patient with yourself and acknowledge all your achievements and successes. Don't promise yourself today's the last day; a bad habit can't be broken overnight! Instead, take it step-by-step, setting small, realistic goals until you reach the overarching one. Good luck!