There is never a quick fix for us stopping something we’ve done for years. In fact, considering everything we do seems to be habit forming, it’s never easy trying to break a habit.
Sleep is the tool that helps us control what we do in our daily routines. When we’ve had a good night’s sleep, we can handle most things even habits. Use positive affirmations to help break the habit.
- If it’s caffeine you have a problem with, switch to alternative brands to break your addiction and say no to other products that contain caffeine, such as carbonated drinks and cola;
- If you find it difficult to switch to another brand of product, try cutting down the amount of caffeine you drink, so if you have four cups of coffee a day, cut your consumption down to three then two etc. until you’ve kicked the habit;
- Another good example would be to look at triggers or markers that are connected to those habits. Write notes on what makes you trigger your bad habits, that way you will give yourself back some form of control;
- It’s always a good idea to find replacements for triggers or markers. For example, if you go out with friends who smoke, ask them not to smoke, or stay in with a friend who doesn’t and find something else to do;
- If it’s alcohol you’re struggling with, try not to bring alcohol into the house, but if alcohol is already in the house, drink orange juice instead.
It’s important to look at the underlying problem, as to why you’ve become so reliant. It could be stress at work, something from your past that has brought you to this place, stress in a relationship, anything that leaves you feeling needy. It’s only in these times when we reach for these things, that we then become reliant.
As habits are picked up, they can also be broken too. We’re reliant, because we’re struggling somewhere else in our lives. Deal with the something else and we become less reliant. If we can go on to incorporate better lifestyle choices, we should be able to find alternatives that work and can be sustained.