A human being has two sides and overcoming unhealthy propensities to build restorative ones can be challenging because sometimes bad habits outweigh the good in people. A custom is tough to kick, for that’s telling the brain to get out of its solace zone, which resistance develops and gets more challenging every day. Self-improvement helps change step by step until you get applicable, then you’ll get favorable results, and if you believe in yourself more, the approach becomes more effortless. Nibbling of the tongue, procrastination, cell phone addiction, nail-biting, picking the nose, overspending, self-doubt, and food addiction are standard examples of bad habits.
Discover the Trigger to the Habit
A stimulus fits into several categories: location, time, emotion, preceding action, and people. Time-sensitive signals like a morning coffee cup or smoke after waking up become something you don’t even realize doing because it becomes a routine. Location-based spurs walk into a kitchen, automatically open the fridge, and take out cookies or a piece of cake because it is right in front of you. A primary event like a ring on your phone that you got a message then get another notice and end up scrolling the phone for hours after that. An emotional stimulus is when a person has a coping mechanism to eat when they feel depressed, have anxiety, or are addicted to discretionary purchases whenever they are bored. Other people also impact close people like friends or relatives, for example, drinking alcohol because those you are hanging out with are bound to drink. It is hard to change because the bad habits outweigh the good in people, but it is achievable. Once you know the trigger, it’s easier to begin from there.
Understanding the Desires and Rewards Compelling the Bad Habits
The reward that your practice seeks is the cup of coffee you get to drink every day and smoke the cigarette when you wake up. Eating the cake and cookies every moment you walk to the fridge or the heightened pleasure you get from splurging on online shopping done while bored. This way, you can replace the reward and see if it fits the itch until you get it right. Start diminutive; for example, a cup of coffee every morning, you can go around it with a glass of fresh juice and see if the satisfaction sets or a drink of water, which is a healthy alternative to the high dose of caffeine. It won’t be easy because there will be withdrawal symptoms like terrible migraines, but you will need to pull through to have a change.
Creating New Routines and Being Open-minded to New Ideas
After understanding the triggers, cravings, and rewards, the next logical step is an opportunity to change the convention and follow through. The healthy options are the goal to curb the bad habits that outweigh the good in people. In this case, the desire is to scroll your phone for hours, leading to decreased productivity. So when the trigger affects you could choose to take the alternative route and read a book or talk to colleagues to satisfy your curiosity and try to create a new healthy routine.
In general, we cannot know the limits of our consciousness until we push it; we see the difference between good and evil; the problem is making a bad routine become a good one. A lot of patience is required to move on from vices that overshadow people dutifulness and stick to the decision to have self-growth and self-acceptance.