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How to Get Rid of Bad Habits

Madison M., Contributor

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     We can admit that we have bad habits. They can mess with our minds and health, and ultimately waste our time. They range from biting our nails, littering, and even procrastinating. We can acquire them so easily, without knowing that they will become bad habits in the future. According to Yale University researchers, it was scientifically proven it takes approximately 90 days to break a bad habit. Bad or good, habits can be fixed, even though we may have no hope in breaking them. So here are some tips and tricks to help you stop that annoying bad habit of yours.

 

Find out what triggers the habit.

   For example, many of you bite your nails when you get nervous, scared or just bored. Finding out what triggers the bad habit can help you stop it. You can prevent the nail biting, nervousness, or other habits from occurring before it even starts by avoiding situations that spark that bad habit.

 

•Make an effort to replace your bad habit with a good habit.

   As an example, instead of cracking your knuckles, you can try tapping your foot. Also, what will you do when cookies are calling your name? Pick up an apple or any other healthy food that is laying around. Always remember, try replacing the bad habit with a positive lifelong habit.

 

•Visualize yourself succeeding.

    Most of the time, we may be looking at the negative side of things. But the key to breaking a bad habit is more mental than physical. Picturing yourself succeeding can help you break the habit. Imagining yourself crushing it, beaming with pride with your success, and loving the new you. All it takes is having the right mindset, so if you can get that part down, you will succeed.

 

No matter how simple and plain bad habits are, they can become annoying. Using these tips will help you break that nasty bad habit. So remember, never give up, even if you can’t break that bad habit at first.

Good Luck!

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