Thanks for joining us for part two in this series on how to break, or replace your bad habits. If you're new to this series, part one talked about how bad habits are defined, as well as, how and why bad habits are formed. To go back and read part one, just click here.
Today's post will discuss how to break your bad habits and replace them with more positive ones! For affordable alcohol and drug treatment in Columbus OH, call Legacy Freedom today!
Breaking Bad - Habits!
Just like the old saying goes, "where there is a will, there is a way." Whether your bad habits consist of nail biting, knuckle cracking, chronic throat clearing, or alcohol and drug use, these bad behaviors can be replaced. It does take some work because these bad habits, as mentioned in part one, provide a benefit to your brain's reward system. However, if you're willing to commit to change research experts have developed a simple process that can be customized to any of your bad habits that need to be replaced. Here's how below:
Step One - Make A Conscious Effort To Commit
Like with any addiction, you have to first admit you have a problem. Next figure out when and why you are engaging in your bad behaviors. Try to find the connection. Is it stress, a bad phone call or email, relationship problems? All of these things can act as triggers, or cues, for your habit to surface.
Dr. Susan Jaffe, MD, is a psychiatrist at a successful private practice in New York City. She says that, "If you can notice when you are doing it and under what circumstances and what feelings are attached to it, you might be able to figure out why you are doing it and be able to stop."
Step Two - Write It Down
Janet L. Wolfe, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in New York City. She is also the author of several books, What to Do When He Has a Headache. She suggests that you should "log it," and to "put down the antecedents, the emotions surrounding the knuckle cracking and what goes through your head when you crack your knuckles." This journal will help you create a baseline. Wolfe also says that, "this will make your bad habit more conscious."
She suggests that you keep this log for at least one week so you can analyze the data and make changes as needed. You might find some surprising results.
James Claiborn, PhD, is a psychologist in South Portland, Maine. He also co-authored The Habit Change Workbook and he agrees with Wolfe. Claiborn stated that you should "Write out a list of the pros and cons of this behavior and keep a record of when you do it," and that a "Measurement of anything tends to change it and makes people much more aware in the first place."
Don't miss part three of this series where we discuss ways that you can trick your bad habits and replace them with more positive ones. Click here to jump to part three.
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