Posted on Mar 15, 2010 | Comments 0
Are you stuck in an unhealthy lifestyle you canâ€™t seem to get out of? Do you have unhealthy habits that you desperately want to change?
Changing habits can be very difficult just ask anyone who smokes cigarettes or bites their nails because habits are done out of routine.
Did you know that it takes 30 days to change a habit? Thatâ€™s right it takes at least 30 days to get into the habit of working out, 30 days to get into the habit of not smoking every time you drive your car and 30 days to break the habit of biting your nails. It takes 30 days to break a bad habit and approximately 30 days to begin a new habit.
So whatever your habits are that you want to change do not allow yourself to get discouraged before that 30 day mark is up. And that being said do not try to change more than one habit at a time.
If you are trying to wake up an hour earlier every morning and go to the gym that is about all your body and mental health can take as far as changing a habit for about a month.
Once the 30 days are up if you find it is not that difficult when the alarm goes off at 5:30 am and it is not that difficult to get motivated to get in to the gym every morning then maybe you can throw in another habit to break.
Start small and write down your bad habits that you want to rid your life of. Just stating the habits that you want to break or the good habits you want to start may not be enough.
And just telling the loved ones around you about the habits you want to break or start may not be enough. Use techniques such as neuro linguistic programming, attend personal development courses or write down your new and healthier lifestyle and write down the bad habits you would like to rid your life of. Once you see these things on paper you will sense more commitment to them and be less likely to get discouraged.
Write down your possible obstacles as well as any possible triggers that you may come across that would make it difficult to stay away from your old bad habits.
For example for a person who has been trying to quit smoking if drinking is a trigger you may want to avoid drinking alcohol because that might trigger a reaction that results in your smoking a cigarette.
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