“The more you do it, the more difficult it is to get rid of, but every single bad habit can be broken,” says Patricia A. Farell, the author of “How to Be Your Own Therapist” and a clinical psychologist in Englewood N.J.
Hopefuls! It’s never too late to change for the better. Start by getting rid of your bad habits.
Look for something else to do
Once you realized you’re doing the bad habit and suddenly became conscious about it or feel like you need to get rid of it, one of the easiest thing to do is to look for something else to do. For example, if you’re a nail biter, chew a gum or a candy. If you’re a knuckle cracker, do something with your hands, write, draw or doodle. If you’re a tablet or a capsule popper when experiencing regular menstrual cramps, just press the lower part of the thumb of your left palm (it will lessen the pain).
Track and Prevent
Habits tend to occur unconsciously but, you need to track them for you to be able to prevent yourself from doing the habit. Sometimes, when you’re waiting or bored, you pick on your nose or mouth. When you’re deeply in thought, you bite your nails. When you have suppressed anger, you crack your knuckles. When you’re stressed or feeling lonely, you drink alcohol. Every day, you eat even when you’re not hungry. Every night, you don’t get enough sleep (less than 6 hours of sleep). Whenever there is an exam or a quiz, you cram.
Track when you do the habit. So that, next time when you’re waiting for your food in a restaurant or just waiting for someone on a bench, the boredom will serve as a warning that you might pick your nose or mouth, and before that happens, you could hide your hands inside your pocket or simply, prevent yourself from doing the habit. Another, when your teacher announced the schedule for exam or quiz, you could set an alarm 5 minutes after your class time or a day before the given day for the exam or quiz, and label it “Review for a Quiz/Exam”, by that, you’ve prevented yourself from cramming. If you keep on preventing yourself from doing the habit you are trying to get rid of, eventually, you’ll get rid of it.
Take Responsibilities for Your Action
You are the king or the queen of your actions and your actions sometimes reflects your personality. So, be aware, be careful and be conscious of your actions because, no one is responsible for your actions but you. However, you could still ask help from a close friend or better from a person you’re always with. You could tell them to remind you to stop doing the bad habit you’re trying to get rid of, whenever they see you doing it.
But, getting rid of your bad habits won’t be possible without your own will. So, whether you’re a nail biter, a smoker, a crammer, a night owl, a medicine popper or even a drug pusher or dealer, or a killer. Always remember, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”