Everyone has bad habits to some degree, whether it’s scrolling too long on your phone before bedtime or even smoking. However, there are a few great techniques you can use to replace those bad habits with good ones. Read on and you should find it much easier to turn your life around:
Start Telling A New Story
Many of the habits we have stem from the stories we tell ourselves. If you just can’t seem to have an early night no matter how much you try, it might be because you’ve been telling yourself for years that you’re not the kind of person who goes to bed early. The beliefs we hold about ourselves play a huge part in how we act. All you have to do is identify your current stories and change them.
Use The Tapping Technique
The tapping technique is a tried and tested way of changing your current beliefs and turning them into new ones. You can find a pro to guide you or you can use YouTube videos. You might be surprised at how well this works!
Use Affirmations Every Day
This ties in with the stories you tell. Keep a close eye on your inner monologue. Change negative thoughts as they crop up. Focus on the habit you want to change, and try to create a positive statement surrounding it. For example:
- I am smoke-free
- I love exercising
- I enjoy eating nutritious food
- I am fit and healthy
Visualize yourself as the person you want to be. Even if that’s someone who uses Ecig kits to begin with, that’s better than smoking. Imagine how you think and act, how you speak, and who you spend time with. Even how you carry yourself! All of these things can have a huge impact on how successful you are.
Know Your Triggers
Do you spend too much when you’re bored? Maybe you binge when you’re stressed? Know what your most frequent triggers are and work at reducing them. If you can’t for whatever reason, then stay mindful. For example ‘I’m stressed and it’s making me feel like bingeing. I’m going to take a walk and deep breaths instead.’
Choose A Substitute
Every time you feel like having a cigarette, have a carrot stick instead. When you feel like bingeing, distract yourself by running a nice hot bath, or do something else that pleases you. If you can avoid the impulse for a short time, you should soon be sufficiently distracted and forget about it.
Surround Yourself With The Right People
You want to surround yourself with people who support you and have similar goals. Spend too much time around smokers and you’re probably going to struggle to quit. Make sure the people you spend time around are good for you, and that you’re happy being like them. We are the people we spend the most time with, after all!
Which habits do you need to replace with better ones? Leave a comment!