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How to Get Rid of Bad Habits in Our Lives?

Updated on July 19, 2020
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Introduction

Habits are formed since our early childhood and remain like that until we try hard to change or get rid of them. It might look funny but it is a fact that many adults fight relentlessly to win over some of their bad habits but alas, they do not succeed commensurate to their efforts. Why it is so and what are the main reasons for these evils to stay permanently inside us is a matter to ponder and riddle to unravel.

Count your bad habits

We all have bad habits. Nothing to shy of that. Can you honestly count your bad habits?

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Anatomy of bad habits

The origin of bad habits can be attributable to the bringing up, society, friends, heridity (?), poverty and other factors like that. The strange thing about bad habits is that we do not know when did we acquire them. It is a smooth and silent entry of vices in our personality that we ourselves are oblivious of. Another bad news is that they enter there to remain for long like a unsolicited fatal disease in our body. They not only stay there for long but also affect and modulate our behaviour and mannerism in myriads of ways.

Habits

Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Can we change them?

Changing bad habits is a stressful task. One has to fight with oneself and one only gets torn in that process. Changing them is a tedious and lengthy process and requires patience and prudence. Old habits die hard. They do not go so easily. The process of removing them brings a strain on the individual and many times in failing to do so, one falls in the trap of self pity and self humiliation.

Desire to change

Have you got a strong desire to change your bad habits or you feel that let life go like that only?

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Are there any methods to change bad habits?

There are no easy methods to change or eradicate the bad habits. Some scholars believe that this can be achieved with will power and determination. To some extent we can agree with that view but the very question which comes in our minds is that an average person is the slave of his habits and from where he would bring courage and bravery to fight with them. So in essence it is a herculean task asking for a lot of self control and thoughtfulness in eradicating these evils from our lives.

What is the way out?

There are some trchniques which people follow and get positive results when it comes to taming oneself to remain in cleaner and positive territories in our lives. One can adopt or follow these in fighting with the bad habits and charting a path for winning over them one by one.

  • Diverting mind to creative activities - Every person has a hidden artist inside him. He can definitely create something if he is able to realise his potential. Creativity is a great tool to kill many vices in our lives. A lazy person can become highly engaged in dealing with his or her creation. I know a doctor who had a great interest in music snd singing but he did not get much time during his active service. After his supranuation from his active service, he started to pursue his passion and today he is happy with his musical engagements. His mind remains focussed in pursuing his good hobbies. It greatly helps in avoiding distractions.
  • Controlling the frequency - Bad habits are very stubborn. They will surface out time and again. One has to keep a tab on the frequency of these vices. Gradual reduction in frequency is itself a sign of improvement. One of my colleague was very abusive and others felt offended by his behaviour. This friend himself was concerned about his problem and wanted to get rid of them. He went to a psychology consultant who advised him to reduce the frequevcy of those outbursts. He tried to control it and after some time was able to bring down the frequency of abusing to much less than earlier. No one noticed it but he knew the difference. He was excited to see this achievement. It encouraged him to try further and reduce the abusive offences to bare minimum.
  • Rewarding oneself after correction - It is difficult to change but even if you move an inch ahead reward yourself with some indulgence by breaking the schedule or discipline. Every time you progress, your mind will have an expectation of reward. Sometimes the lure of reward works in our lives.
  • Socialising in one's spare time - Evil thoughts and bad habits surround us when we are alone. It is better to be with friends and like minded people which gives us enough strength to fight with these vices and refrain from them. Many people have benefited by this. It is worth trying.
  • Adopt Yoga and meditation - Stress is the most conducive enviroment for bad habits. We tend to the ways of inferior world when we are in grief and melancholy. Reducing stress is definitely a good attempt in this direction. Yoga and meditation are useful in many ways to us. They help us in increasing our inner strength to fight with all sort of evils including bad habits.

Conclusion

Changing bad habits is a big challenge in our lives. It is difficult but not impossible. One has to try different techniques and methods and even a small achievement in this is a matter of great satisfaction and brings experience and encouragement for more self-reforms.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

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    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Manuela, it is difficult but we have to try. Thanks for your visit.

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      Manuela 

      8 months ago from Portugal

      There are some bad habits that I have already changed but I still need to workout my thoughts. Thank you for this excellent article.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      SKMUNSHI, thanks a lot for your analysis and your words of encouragement. Highly appreciate.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Anurag, thanks a lot for your nice comment.

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      SKMUNSHI 

      8 months ago

      The first challenge is to pin point ones bad habits and accept necessity of replacing/changing them.if that is done half the battle is won.changing habits is a multidisciplinary problem and old habits die hard.

      But the approach you have suggested can overcome the challenges in changing the bad habits.

      Challenging time's pose challenging problems. Very good topic for a change and solulations offered.Great. !

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      Anurag 

      8 months ago

      Indeed it is an enlightening article. You have almost covered all aspects which can lead to a balanced life. Bad habit seems to be a bitter truth which sometimes get difficult to be accepted in front of society. Everyone need to introspect on this aspect.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Anand, thanks for your nice comment. Highly appreciate.

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      S K Anand 

      8 months ago

      Gone through your nice article towards self improvement. I feel it is always possible to transform your self provided will is there to do so. First step towards the process is to know and plan suitable treatment for each bad habit as per one,s priority. Slowing down and self observation can help in execution process.

      Rightly suggested is yoga and in particular Meditation practice can bring in tremendous improvement in cutting down bad habits. This I have in my own life, anger with short temperedness was priority no one bad habit with me. Meditation has brought intotal transformation in this aspect. Along with it some other negativties have gradually disappeared. I will recommend Meditation as no. one aid for self improvement towards positivity.

      Bhatt ji , continue inspiring us with variety of beautiful articles to stimulate us all. Thanks for sharing.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      13 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Priya, thanks for your visit. It is true that engaging in good hobbies is a great way to remain in positive territories.

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      Priya Barua 

      13 months ago

      Very informative article. I believe you can overcome bad habits if you learn to recognize their trigger points and consciously try to avoid them. Taking up a new hobby helps sometimes.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Liz, you are very correct. These are embedded in us so deep that they become a part of our lives and we are hurt if someone points out them.

      Thanks for your valuable comment.

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      I wonder if many of us are so used to our bad habits that they have become normal for us. Added to that, we probably don't appreciate others pointing them out to us.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Manatita44, thanks for visiting and also for your nice exclamation. Your comments always encourage me. Appreciate.

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      manatita44 

      14 months ago from london

      Lovely and informative Hub. Difficult one but your approach is useful. We sometimes have bad habits we don't even know we have. Om Shanti!

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Dr Rangan, appreciate your observation. Thanks for visiting.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      FlourishAnyway, thanks for your nice comments.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 

      14 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Nice write-up. It really takes time and self-discipline to break old habits patterns. But with sincere efforts one can change bad habits.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      I usually engage in self-talk, labeling myself as someone who engages in the desirable good behavior. I also rid myself of the emotional and perceptual triggers for the bad habit I’m trying to extinguish and don’t get too freaked out about slip ups.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      DreamerMeg, interesting comment by you. I fully agree that mind chooses between the available options. Thanks for your visit.

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      DreamerMeg 

      14 months ago from Northern Ireland

      One way to change the procrastination bad habit (putting off doing things you need to do) is structured procrastination. If you have an essay to write, suddenly, housework just HAS to be done. Or if you need to get your tax returns completed, writing a short story looks much more easily doable. For kids, when homework has to be done, washing dishes doesn't seem so bad!

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You made me think about how we can make that journey better. Like the excitement factor and friends. A lot of things are a challenge and we take them on for the thrill.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Lorna, you are very right. If there is a will there is a way. Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      14 months ago

      An excellent and thought provoking article Umesh. Even though in some cases these habits are ingrained from early years it is not impossible to change them. It may take time as you have stated, however, being aware of these habits is the first step. Breaking them will mean you will lead a more fulfilling life. I enjoyed this article.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Eric, thanks for your encouraging comments. 90 days plus another 180 days is quite a time for this but still it is a good deal. You get rid of that old devil who claims your body as his. Many thanks for visiting.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done friend, a nice fresh look at the destroyer of so many. I like that quote from Gandhi. So I try to start each day with good thoughts. A fine buddy of mine - a psychologist told me it takes 90 days to break a habit but about 6 months to develop a good one in it's stead. He through it out there to think about.

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