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5 Empowering Ways to Break Bad Habits

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Would you like to break a habit you don't like? Maybe it is eating unhealthy food? Maybe it is smoking? Maybe it is just something you don't like doing...

Most people have attempted to break bad habits in their life before but found the process so difficult that they gave up and resigned themselves to accepting the bad habit. This is not the place that you want to be in.

You need to break bad habits using the best techniques. It doesn’t matter if you eat too much junk food, spend too much money on things that are not important, or procrastinate too much you can break these bad habits when you know how to do it properly.

So in this article, we bring you the best 5 ways to break your bad habits. Breaking a bad habit is one of the most liberating things that you can do in your life. So please read all of this article and then start putting what you learn into practice.

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Step 1: Create a Consequence for Breaking a Bad Habit

People will usually do more to avoid pain than they will to gain pleasure. So with this in mind it is a good idea to create a pain situation related to your bad habits. If you eat too much junk food then fine yourself each time you visit the hamburger joint. Make this significant such as $20 that you give to your spouse or children when you do this.

Another thing that you can do is to engage in a wager with someone over your bad habit. A study from 2012 suggests it may be easier to change your behavior when the change you want to make is valuable or beneficial to you. Make it a large enough wager so that it will be really painful for you if you have to pay it out. You do not have to use money for this pain. Giving up something that you love can be just as painful if not more. The wager could be over your new video game console for example.

Step 2: Find Out What Triggers your Bad Habit

You need to understand what kicks off your bad habit in order to break it. This is called a trigger and it can be one thing or several different things.“Triggers are the first step in developing a habit. Identifying the triggers behind your habitual behaviors is the first step in moving past them.”Most of us indulge in our bad habits without even thinking about it. We then tend to believe that we can never break the habit because it is automatic.

It is not automatic it just happens very quickly so you think that it is. So when you next crave your bad habit identify what caused this craving. The more that you know about your bad habits the more likely you are to break them.

Step 3: Remind Yourself

You may have the very best intentions to break a bad habit but if you experience a sudden drop in your willpower then you can find yourself easily indulging again. In order to avoid this, we recommend that you place reminders around you that you are on a mission to break a bad habit. This will help you to refocus and continue with your good work.

Step Four: Make Changes to Your Environment

A lot of bad habits are triggered from being in a certain place or seeing the same things over and over. To avoid these triggers you can make some small changes to your environment. If the route you take to work stresses you about because of the traffic and makes you want a cigarette then try different routes.

Step Five: Take Small Steps

You need patience and persistence to break bad habits. Trying to make massive changes in your life all at once is going to be really challenging for you. It is better to take smaller steps and introduce smaller changes over time that lead to the eventual big change.


Everyone has habits, but when these habits are unhealthy for you and your loved ones these are not ones you want to keep. Breaking these habits can be extremely difficult but understanding how they occurred in the first place could ease the process. If you are still having issues with these bad habits, you could consider a Kinesiology session with me to try and determine when these habits may have started and how they could be broken for good!

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