Spitting was the worst habit I broke. I used to spit every opportunity I got, but not anymore.
I put into my mind that donuts were poisoning me. I don't eat them any more.
meditation and self-control
I meditate and usually try to be conscious of my actions
I was told by a doctor I had a lump on my lung after several different kinds of X-rays. He said it was thought to be cancer. I had been a smoker since the age of 16 - it was the 'cool' thing at the time (don't think that has changed much with the young generation). I was in my early 50's at the time. I had developed a hacking cough from a really bad cold and thought I'd broken some ribs and that was my initial visit to the doctor's. It went on from there.
The doctor I saw at the hospital told me to go and get another x-ray done and bring it back to him (this was 2 weeks after being told). When he looked at them he turned to me and said, "You are the most luckiest person I know and don't ever put another cigarette in your mouth." What I had was a very bad infection which had cast a shadow over my lung. However, two weeks down the line the infection was clearing up and you could see the difference.
Hence my reality check, have not smoked for around 10 years and never will again!
Sorry this was so long!
There was a time when I was a younger person, that I enjoyed quality wines, quality Canadian strong drinks, and the best Japanese beer. It never occurred to me that I was drinking too much until I started to experience "serious GI bleeding." Life threatening GI bleeding episodes caused me to think clearly about my drinking habits and to take personal responsibility for decreasing my risk for death by eating and drinking more responsibly.
I am a very respected, and highly educated clinician, a medical researcher and practiced quality medicine for more than 20 years. One may ask, "How is it that a great doctor could have a habit of drinking too much?" Drinking can give one the false sense that one is decreasing one's stress, when actually, in the long run, one in increasing one stress and risk for ill health.
I broke a bad habit out of a realization that I was killing myself. Sometimes it takes this, "a slap to the face (so to speak)" to wake one up, to bring one to one's senses, to help one give up a bad habit.
my worst bad habit was drinking. i made a promise to my girlfriend after one ugly night of insulting texts (from me). Still sober and still together
I embarrassed myself one too many times making sarcastic comments in the guise of jokes . . . about my boss, in front of him and my coworkers (his subordinates). Bad, bad, bad, but great motivation to quit that habit. I apologized, focused on treating him with respect, kept focused on respect, and managed to break the habit with the combination of fear of being fired and focusing on what I really wanted to be like.
You cannot quickly stop a bad habit. The easiest way is to replace it with something else (in the short term). After that you can decide whether you want to get rid of the thing that you replaced your bad habit with - but that might not be necessary.
For example, replace smoking with chewing gum. Replace a habitual night time whisky with a cup of tea (decaff). It's a trick, but it works - and if you do it for a long enough time then it is a permanent solution.
I stopped eating chocolate over 20 years ago. How did I go from 2 -3 bars a day to 0? Sheer willpower and I put my daily chocolate money in a jar. Watching it mount up in the early days was a real visual trigger to keep going - the thought that at the end of the year I would have saved about £400 was inspiring. Each day that I went without the demon cocoa the easier it became. At the end of the first year I traded my hoard of coins for a holiday to Spain.
20 years on the very thought of chocolate makes me feel sick... and I'm very well travelled.
Well, in course of time, all of us get addicted to at least one bad habit, problem begins if that habit starts to effect our daily living. Well I had also a bad habit of nail bitting but eventually I got rid off it and the technique I used was hybrid affirmations( combo of self hypnosis and suggestions).
I started waking up earlier! Simple, right? I had a bad habit of not being punctual and it really hurt my success over the years. Not now, cause I have since relegated to becoming an early bird! YAY!
Looking at your picture reminded me of my bad habit from childhood - biting my nails of course, it was something to do with confidence, my step brother used to statter. Our step parents used to be very unpredictable and we never knew what would happen next day...no routine, no regime, no stable food or home, I think it was our way to deal with it...it took me ages to get rid of this bad habit, my husband is making sure I am not going back to my bad habits:)
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