Ask👩Didi: How to Quit a Bad Habit❗️

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Dear All,

With persistence and the right mindset, it's possible to break your bad habits, whatever that habit is. Here are my bad habit breaking tips:

✅Breaking habits is a difficult task, so if you aren't fully committed to it you are likely to fail. Be sure that you want to make a change.
🤔Understand your habit:
1⃣ A “habit loop” forms from a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to start the habitual behaviour.

❓what is your trigger?
2⃣ The brain processes a “reward” from this behaviour, in the form of neurochemicals
❓what is your reward?
3⃣ The 'reward' reinforces the habit loop.
❓is there a healthier way to get the same emotional reward?
4⃣ Interrupting the behaviour part of this cycle is how to break a habit.

Many bad habits come about as a means of dealing with situations that cause stress or boredom.
Example, for many people smoking provides a relief from stress. Often, habits have become so ingrained that we don’t even notice why we do them.

✍️When you feel the urge to perform your habitual behavior, make a note of it. For example, if you’re a nail-biter, note whenever you feel the impulse to bite your nails. Take a few notes about how you’re feeling, what has been going on during the day, where you are, and what you were thinking.

😊Once you understand the situation that triggers your habit and the reward you receive for engaging in the undesirable behavior, you can make a plan that involves goals for behavior change and strategies for minimizing habit triggers.
Plan to make mistakes. Do not make a plan that will be deemed a failure as a result of a single slip-up.

📢Share your goal to break your habit with others and regularly get their enouragement.

🎉Reward yourself for successes and feedback from others who support your goal of breaking the habit.

😎Visualize success. In your mind go through scenarios where you break your habit.

😀Remind yourself of your goal every morning and evening.

It will take time and determination, but remember, you are in control of yourself - not your habit.

Duta Didi

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