There is never a quick fix for us to stop something we’ve done for years. Most things seem to be habit forming, in some cases become addictions. 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. Affirmations are often used to retrain the subconscious and for us to break the habit.
My suggestions below should help:
- 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, try cutting down the amount of caffeine you drink, four cups are reduced 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;
- Try and find replacements for your 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, don’t bring alcohol into the house, but if alcohol is already in the house, drink orange juice instead.
It’s important we look at the underlying problem, as to why we’ve become reliant. It could be stress at work, something from the past that has brought us to this place. Stress in a relationship, anything that leaves us feeling needy. It’s only in these times when we reach for things to make us feel better that we become reliant.
But as habits are picked up, they can also be broken. We’re reliant, because we’re struggling somewhere else. Deal with the something else and become less reliant.
Dealing with our struggles and making better lifestyle choices, should help us find alternatives that work that can be sustained.