Building a Strong Habit is Important
Forming and framing habits at a younger stage is like putting cement in-between the bricks that stick the bricks together and make the building strong. We are not born with inbuilt habits. We learn it from our surroundings. If we can make our children learn about good habits at an early age, it will help them climb the hardship of life later. For example, washing our hands before eating these are healthy habits that you can form early, making them stay healthy for a lifetime.
How to recognize bad habits?
Bad habits can take a seat for many reasons like stress, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, wrong company, and excitement. It is our responsibility we need to differentiate which of them are good and bad for us, which habits jeopardize our physical and mental health and which are building us strong for a better future. If you can able to distinguish the difference, you can able to beat bad habits easily. To do this, we need to analyze our behaviour by jotting down our habits daily on paper. Then point out how some habits are hampering your growth and dragging you down from achieving your goals. For example, opening your social media account as soon as you turn on your smartphone might make you feel connected. Simultaneously, looking at Facebook and Twitter will steal your precious time that you might have used more productively. Getting a full stop to bad habits is difficult, but we can replace them with a substitute. It’s tricky, but you can build it over a while.
Good Habits Vs Bad Habits
Bad habits are like keeping exotic pet animals. Exotic animals do not make good companions. They require special care, housing, diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide and over time, you cannot trust them. In the long run, they may harm you too. Likewise, bad habits like drinking alcohol, puffing a cigarette are some of the habits that need special care and, in the long run, harms you too.
Cultivating good habits is like keeping a lovable pet like a cute dog; they can relieve you from stress and depression if you spend time with them. They also double up as caretakers. No burglar alarm can be better than a dog at home. Whether you want to pour your heart out to them or tell them your secrets, you know it’s all safe with them! Pets give you unconditional love and are always faithful. Pets are a great way to improve your mood and temperament. Same way, good habits will make you feel strong, help you to fight the battles of life.
How To Break The Addiction?
To get rid of a bad habit, we need to break the addiction. We have to understand the psychology behind it, called the habit loop, a three-part process. The first is called the trigger or cue; the second is the routine or behaviour, followed by the third, called the reward. Let me explain this with an example; one day, sitting at my office, I realized that my mind demands a coffee; otherwise, I will have a headache. In-between 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, I go to the cafeteria to grab a cappuccino and relax immediately after sipping it. Here, getting a headache is the trigger; the time between which I move from my chair is the routine and gulping the coffee is the reward. Now the question arises on how to get rid of this habit? My answer to this is to act slowly, follow the same habit loop but replace the reward with something else, go for a green tea or lukewarm water; over time, you will notice you have broken the chain this, you need dedication. Here are a few points that I learned from my own experience.
- Create a baseline: If you want to show progress, you’ll need a baseline. You will need to track your data before you even start working on improvements. Having a baseline offers a way to measure how much progress you have made and compare different strategies’ effectiveness. If you want to measure just how much success you have in something, like changing your diet, starting with a baseline can help you decide what eating strategies have worked for you.
- Raise your awareness of what you are doing: You can only erase anything if you can trace it. I was having a habit of biting my nails in the leisure time or during stressful times. I manage to found out it’s wrong, and I started working on it. Each time I found that I am biting my nails, immediately my mind commands me to stop.
- Tracking your efforts helps you improve and boost your energy that your effort is worthwhile. It will help your pace and commence them.
- Detect the root of your problems: Analyze the root cause of the problem, then act on it. Take a dig at the excuses which are making for forming those habits.
- Don’t allow laziness to overcome you. Usually, habits trap us in our comfort zone; they will not allow jumping out of it.
- Prepare a proper plan and stick to it. Suppose you are habituated to do something wrong that is hampering your health. Try to replace it with something else with a proper plan.
- Self-control: This is the master key; if you can control your mind with self-discipline, meditation, and dedication, then half of your work is done; rest is forming a good habit.