Changing Bad Habits

Habits are ingrained into our neural pathways making them very difficult to break. I have a few habits that I would like to change, so I’m going to make a list of ways to do this. Good habits can be learned to replace bad ones.At work I like to do things the same way each time as much as I can. This way when something happens and I’m under pressure I can go  on ‘auto pilot’ so to speak. This lessens the stress and allows me to handle difficult situations easier. Habits are a cue, routine and a reward.

Go
Go! You can do it!

#1 Select the bad habit you want to change. What is the overall mood of this habit? Stress relief? Anger? Frustration?

High Desert
High Desert

#2 Actively thinking about the change and positive aspects you will achieve. You need to have willpower to overcome and change. Make a specific plan or join a program. Find the values and goals in life that are important to you!

Sand storm
Sand storm

#3 Changing the bad habit into something good. Set realistic goals. Remember if you get setbacks bounce back! Reward yourself for progress made, even if it’s a small step. Rewarding yourself promotes self esteem and dislodges the bad behavior easier.  Love yourself.

Pathway
Pathway

Habits are ingrained and difficult to change. Believe in yourself. Go from you can do it to: I will do it!