Sometimes, for numerous reasons, we feel the need to break a habit. Easier said than done. Don’t you wish we all could just snap our fingers and, Voila! I found a great article on Healthline, called How to Break a Habit (and Make it Stick) which highlights 15 tips you can try.
First, understanding why a habit forms is a good place to start. What comprises making a habit? With many theories out there on how habits form, one concept, called the “3 Rs,” is one that rises to the top.
Reminder, Routine and Reward. Usually something is acting as a trigger to activate our habit. Then the behavior becomes associated with our trigger and doing the behavior over and over can make it become a routine. Usually the repetitive behavior is providing us with some kind of reward. The reward is also something that contributes to making the habit last. Recognizing these three aspects of our habit can be helpful in parting with it.
Here are the 15 tips that can help rid yourself of your habit:
- Identify your triggers
- Focus on why you want to change
- Enlist a friend’s support
- Practice mindfulness
- Replace the habit with a different one
- Leave yourself reminders
- Prepare for slipups
- Let go of the all-or-nothing mindset
- Start small
- Change your environment
- Visualize yourself breaking the habit
- Practice self care
- Motivate yourself with rewards for success
- Give it time
- Know that you don’t have to do it alone
The article provides a deeper explanation of all 15 tips. If you are looking for more information, you can find the full article here: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-break-a-habit
I hope these tips along with the 3 Rs can help you achieve your goal and move away from your habit.