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5 Self-Discipline Tricks To Help You End Bad Habits

5 Self-Discipline Tricks To Help You End Bad Habits

Do you have a bad habit that you desperately want to break? Whether that habit is overeating, smoking, drinking, or continuously returning to toxic relationships, these five self-discipline tricks will help you end the cycle.


1. Admit Your Habit

The first and most important self-discipline step is admitting you have a bad habit. Far too many men and women are facing addictions around the world, but are in denial about the problem. A popular excuse is, “I can stop anytime I want.” For an addict, this simply isn’t true.


Becoming an addict can happen to anyone. Addictions are bad habits that have manifested into something greater. Some addictions require medical attention. Others require hard work and dedication. If you are addicted to a substance that could potentially hurt you, should you choose to quit immediately, speak with a physician about your decision to break the habit. He or she will be able to help you develop a safe and effective treatment plan.


2. Find Replacements

Ask yourself what you get from your bad habit. Is it love? Excitement? Nostalgia? Whatever the case, find a replacement (usually a good habit) that can replace your bad habit. For example, if you drink alcohol to escape your problems, consider turning to a healthier habit like writing music or keeping a journal. These hobbies can help you express your feelings, wash them away, and return to a normal life. Maybe you have a tendency to overeat when you feel stressed. Instead of turning to food when you feel anxious, turn to exercise. It might seem difficult, at first, but you’ll quickly find it can have the same calming effect. Learn more about causes and replacements through James Clear.


3. Avoid Triggers

What triggers your bad habit? Is it stress, loneliness, or boredom? Whenever possible, avoid these triggers with preventative actions. For example, if you turn to cigarettes when you feel stressed at work, consider finding a job that you actually enjoy. You can also learn when to walk away from your stress by mastering coping mechanisms and aversion training. Whatever triggers you, find a healthy way to avoid it.  Learn more through American Addiction Centers.


4. Use Proper Rewards

One of the biggest mistakes individuals make is rewarding themselves with the same bad habit they are trying to break. If you overeat, don’t reward yourself after a week of being healthy by binge eating for an entire day. Dieters call these “cheat days” - and they do absolutely nothing to encourage your new lifestyle. Instead, these days allow you to taste what you’re missing. Because of this, you’ll never be able to fully develop an aversion to unhealthy foods. The same is true for other bad habits like smoking, drinking, and gambling. Read more about cheat meals and cheat days through Authority Nutrition.


Instead, reward yourself with new clothes, a night out, or a good book. You’ll soon learn that certain items or experiences can be rewarding and healthy. Eventually, you won’t even need to think about it. You’d rather have a new blouse than a high calorie meal.


5. Visualize

If you ever have moments of weakness, visualize your life without your bad habit. Does it look happier or healthier? Do you feel less trapped by something beyond your control? While it can be difficult to maintain motivation as you try to drop an addiction or habit, visualizing your potential future can serve as the push you need to keep going when times get tough.


Follow these self-discipline tricks to kick your bad habit today - making the future you visualized a reality.

Author: Jane Moore