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What has been the hardest bad habit you have had to break or you are attempting

  1. Faith Reaper profile image86
    Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago

    What has been the hardest bad habit you have had to break or you are attempting to break?

    There are so many bad habits and it takes a long time to break a bad habit.  What has been the hardest bad habit in your life to break so far?  I have heard the hardest thing ever is to quit smoking.  Thankfully, I never started smoking, so I don't know about how hard it is to quit smoking.  However, I do struggle with a good many bad habits. Thank you for answering

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  2. schoolgirlforreal profile image83
    schoolgirlforrealposted 3 years ago

    For me it would be smoking like you said. I have quit many times because of strep throat or bronchitis out of necessity and stayed quit for periods of time.
    Second, I would say eating before bed. Snacking. Eating emotionally or out of boredom or while watching tv!

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi schoolgirlforreal,  Yes, it must be terribly addictive for it to be so hard to break. I can so relate to the snack craving before bed or after a hard day's work, especially high carbs to comfort.  Blessings

  3. honghanhvt1182 profile image97
    honghanhvt1182posted 3 years ago

    For me it would be procrastination. No matter how hard I try and how many new year resolutions I make, I just still cannot part with this bad habit. Maybe I even procrastinate to give up procrastination lol.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi honghanhvt1182, Oh, that is a difficult one no doubt and could cause other issues in life, obviously.  However, I tend to work better and produce my best work and creatively too, under pressure and at the last minute it seems.

  4. peachpurple profile image84
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    i have a bad habit of making decisions quickly without pondering over the pros and cons. That is a die hard habit I can't break, lead me to wrong conclusion

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi peachpurple, yes, that can cause a lot more problems in life when rushing into simply without thinking it through.  Hard habit to break though, feeling impulsive to go ahead and act on something.

  5. Get Thin for Good profile image72
    Get Thin for Goodposted 3 years ago

    Many years ago I stopped smoking and that was hard, and all the times I had previously attempted to as well.

    Even harder than that, was to break my food addiction and overeating habit, which I now have under control, but it always lurks in the background, just like an alcoholic or drug addict!

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Get Thin for Good,  Congrats on quitting smoking! Yes, addiction to food is truly like being an alcoholic or drug addict, but it is just food.  It is also a terrible addiction, and I think all of us have trouble with it at times no doubt.

    2. Get Thin for Good profile image72
      Get Thin for Goodposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You are so right Faith Reaper! Food should be about surviving, and surviving well. Instead, we obsess about it most of the time. Even the thinnies. Sigh.

    3. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well said!

  6. profile image56
    Z3USposted 3 years ago

    Being the best is my habit.But I don't try to break it

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Doing one's best is always best and that is something you do not want to stop for sure.  Hope you write some hubs soon.

  7. Bob Bamberg profile image96
    Bob Bambergposted 3 years ago

    Hi Faith...I quit smoking on Christmas Eve1982 when I had a case of bronchitis and was too sick to smoke.  I was shelling out 72 cents a pack, by the way smile  I recognized this as my "ticket out" and haven't smoked since...but it wasn't easy by any means.  Sometime in my 50's I finally quit biting my fingernails...that was a bit easier.  Now, it's overeating.  I'll get back to you on that.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Bob, Congrats on the quitting smoking!  That is no doubt a hard one. I do bite my nails at times too without even realizing it.  Yes, the food one is an ongoing issue for me too, especially after a long day's work. I don't say diet, but healthy...

    2. Jackie Lynnley profile image90
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I quit in 2002 Bob and can you believe what cigarettes cost today! They really should be outlawed and I thought that when I smoked!

    3. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Jackie, Oh, I am so happy you quit and stayed quit!  They are outrageous in cost. I could not afford to smoke even if I had the urge to do so!

  8. Sparklea profile image73
    Sparkleaposted 3 years ago

    Hi Faith, not following my sincere INTENTION to clear away clutter in this house, which may fall under the term, procrastination.  I keep up with the dirty dishes, beds always made, kitchen cleaned up, cat boxes pristine (I loathe odors) but my writing room and cellar are like a war zone.  I cannot begin to describe!  EVERY DAY I am going to tackle the mess...because my Spirit tells me "you will not complete your book until you get rid of clutter...because no one can think straight in the midst of clutter."  I get so very overwhelmed that I just freeze up.  I just bought a book titled "The Magic Of Tidying Up" which is phenomenal, and I have started following her suggestions.  This year I REFUSED to make a resolution to get rid of clutter...I have to depend on God alone in me to perform through me.  This week I did go through all my clothes and did a major elimination.  The biggest problem is all my writings.  I guess you could say my worst habit is allowing myself to feel so overwhelmed that I freeze up and walk away.  This is an excellent question.  Love Sparklea smile

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Sparklea, I understand completely, believe me!  My writing stuff piles up fast, as I am always finding something that gives me inspiration to write on, then I add it to the pile of inspiration.  LOL  That book sounds great. Clutter does distract.

  9. M. T. Dremer profile image95
    M. T. Dremerposted 3 years ago

    Junk food. I'm not a huge eater of junk food, but its convenience is incredibly hard to ignore. I became a vegetarian roughly two years ago and fast foods still haunt my dreams. While that might sound like I succeeded, because I am still a vegetarian, consider that I was shooting for vegan. Read the ingredient labels of your favorite foods and you'll be shocked how many contain some sort of milk or egg.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello M.T. Dremer, Oh, I know ...if it is there, I will eat it! I just can't buy it or I will eat it all. Here in the US, we have become a fast-food country it seems. So glad you are mindful to read the ingredients. Yes, contains that and who knows!

    2. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      STAY AWAY from the JUNK, MAN.  STAY AWAY.  Being a vegetarian has MYRIAD health benefits.  Value YOUR BEAUTIFUL health.  Oh that reminds me to eat healthier myself.

  10. bravewarrior profile image91
    bravewarriorposted 3 years ago

    I was addicted to cocaine many years ago. I kicked the habit without intervention and without rehab. Of course, I had to move over 200 miles to separate myself from temptation (and connections, friends who did coke) in order to do so, but I did it.

    I'm proud to say I've been drug free since 1987.

    I also smoke cigarettes, but I'm not ready to give them up. My personality type needs some kind of a vice. Cigarettes either will or won't kill me, but if I'd not quit doing coke, I'd definitely be dead by now. I'll take my chances with ciggy butts.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome lady, Sha! That is phenomenal and thank you for sharing. That is certainly the key, to make new friends who do not use or else it is too much of a temptation no doubt.  I praise God for you, lovely Sha.  You're the best!

    2. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I commend you, Bravewarrior. You deserve some loving hugs, too. In love and Light.

    3. bravewarrior profile image91
      bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, thank you Faith!

    4. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, to you, dear Sha, for kicking your addiction to cocaine to the curb!  You kicked butt and took names and are such a lovely and wise woman.  Blessings

    5. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you!!

  11. ChristinS profile image96
    ChristinSposted 3 years ago

    Smoking was definitely a doozy.  I quit at 25 before getting pregnant with my first son, but I had been smoking since the age of 14 and it was hard, but definitely worth it. I didn't want my kids to see me with that nasty habit.  My other bad habit that I fight off and on is the tendency to procrastinate, some days are better than others smile.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi ChristinS, It is so great you were able to quit before getting pregnant! That is a great reason. I do procrastinate,  but turns out I work better in crunch time.

  12. Serminediteur profile image59
    Serminediteurposted 3 years ago

    I have this weird habit of not saying hi to people whenever i pass by them, even if we know each other for a long term, i don't even tend to stop and talk to them i guess my introvert side is always at its ease.

    But i'm willing to change that, and i want to stand out.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Serminediteur, well, at least you are aware that you do this ... I was so very shy when younger, but I made myself get over it and now I greet everyone and with a smile. So glad you are willing to change for it is an important one in this life.

  13. Laura Schneider profile image92
    Laura Schneiderposted 3 years ago

    I'm attempting to break the habit of being a slob. My house is a disaster! Getting caught up is the hardest part, and it's good motivation to keep a clean spot clean in the future. Wish me luck!

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Laura, Oh, dear ... I have been there too.  Once it goes past a certain point, you just have to devote as much time as it takes and do it all at once, and then keep on top of it daily.  Best wishes!

  14. Kathleen Cochran profile image80
    Kathleen Cochranposted 3 years ago

    Using swear words.  I have grandchildren now, and I don't want them remembering me doing this.  It's bad enough my children know this about their mother.

    But it's hard to stop because I don't do it when I'm in control - but when I'm not.  So breaking the habit is particularly difficult.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Kathleen, a habit is a habit and so hard to just stop for sure.  It takes so long to form a habit and even longer to break one.  I forget how long to form one.  I really had to be mindful when my daughter was born, and now I have grands too.

  15. profile image0
    Pennyforyourthotsposted 3 years ago

    Eating carbohydrates has been a bad habit I have been trying to kick, although the body does need some carbs occasionally. Breads and cakes can be incredibly addicting (to some folks) and delicious. I still struggle with it although I have lost about twenty pounds by attempting to cut them out of my diet (along with regular exercise).

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Pennyforyourthots, yes, for sure that is certainly a big one for me too. Oh, I believe it is an addiction.  Good for you losing 20 pounds!  You must not be giving in too often.  Blessings

  16. profile image59
    AshimaTanposted 3 years ago

    For me it'll definitely be a habit in which its difficult for me to say a NO. I know its good to be kind and everything but at times saying a NO at the right time is very important.
    I'm glad i've been able to work on this now and have improved a lot.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello AshimaTan, that is a big one there no doubt.  I used to struggle with being a people pleaser but then I realized I just had to set up boundaries and say NO!  Enough was enough.  People will take advantage of you otherwise.

  17. manatita44 profile image82
    manatita44posted 3 years ago

    Matters of the lower vital. That dark desire which has not yet been fully illumined by the Higher Light. I still struggle...

    You next question could be: "How do we deal with this, what do you find useful in the journey." I need ideas, my Sweet Faith. Much peace.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Dear Manatita,  Oh, I understand for sure ... That is a good question or even make a good hub of struggles and how to be an overcomer.  Peace

  18. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

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    Online shopping & shopping in general.  I simply love to shop Amazon, my favorite place.  Everything is so reasonably cheap.  However, this year I vow not to shop Amazon so much, if at all, for I have SO MUCH STUFF.   I try to stay away from online shopping  as much as I can.  I just look and say......GOODBYE.  I also intend to STOP shopping unless for the bare necessities, nothing MORE.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello gmwilliams, Amazon has the great deals no doubt, plus we have the prime and get free shipping and within two days it arrives at my door.  I have not been a mall shopping in more than a decade and now I try not to buy anything unless I need it.

    2. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is SO EASY to be hooked on Amie.  Sometimes I THINK of something then go on Amie & THERE IT IS.....bam, place an order. From NOW on, NO, NO, NO, NO....Just look, NO BUY! For other shopping, STAY AWAY from Marshalls, they have GREAT sweaters...

    3. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well, for me, if I look, then I know I will see something I want to buy. I guess Amazon is the new window shopping to the world.

    4. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It CERTAINLY IS.  Amazon is just so.......TEMPTING.  Also, you can find items there that you cannot find in stores.  Furthermore, things are WAY cheaper there than in stores, including discount stores.

  19. SAQIB6608 profile image74
    SAQIB6608posted 3 years ago

    The hardest thing for me is to wake up early in the morning (and have a bath too in winters ..haha) !! I work till late night for my job and getting up early becomes quite challenging.
    LIFE IS ALL MANAGING TIME
    I know but still !!

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello SAQIB ..., Woo, me too, but alas, I must arise at 5:00 a.m. for my hour commute into the city during the week each day.  So, on the weekend, I treat myself and sleep in just a bit. A good compromise.

    2. SAQIB6608 profile image74
      SAQIB6608posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello faith !! Hope life is good. Weekends are really sweet !!

  20. Irek Janek profile image61
    Irek Janekposted 3 years ago

    Smoking, working on it. Maybe this year.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Irek Janek,  I have heard it is the hardest bad habit to quit, but possible. I do hope you are able to quit for good one day.  Blessings

  21. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 3 years ago

    Sugar and Dairy are my vices.  They are addictions similar to a cocaine addictions and you do go through withdrawal with both of them.  I staooped them a couple of years ago and it took me three months, but I am back to the fixes.  I am paying for them now with cysts and not being really healthy.  I told my husband to NEVER bring ice cream in this house again.  It is too easy for me to say that I will not eat it and then go and eat it.  Bad, bad, bad.  Same with soda.  No soda in this house!

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lady, Woo, I know, I love them both too.  My husband is addicted to Blue Bell Banana Pudding Ice Cream.  I can buy one and it is gone the next day before I have even had any!  Soda are loaded with sugar, yes, BAD. Sugar is actually toxic.

  22. highprofile profile image68
    highprofileposted 3 years ago

    Faith, I gave up alcohol over 5 years ago and haven't wanted to touch it since.  I did it to prove a point to myself that if I put my mind to it I could do anything. I wasn't a drinker anyway but, when out with friends the peer pressure built up and you would drink to not be the odd one out. Well That's what it seemed like.  It didn't help being in the military as it was a bit of a culture back in the day.

    I get a lot of respect from people all the time when I say I'll have a soft drink or water when I am out now. Some of them just can't get their heads around it but determination and consistency gets you where you want to be.

    I am glad I too, never took up smoking. As there are so many that just don't want to be the odd one out all the time. Its a shame that we are self programmed to just fit in.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello highprofile, That is so fantasic!  Yes, that peer pressure is tough no doubt. You were probably just a social drinker.  That is cool about making an impression on others and not drinking.  Good for you!  Yes, we all want to belong no doubt.

  23. profile image55
    Salome Valdezposted 3 years ago

    The hardest habit that I had difficulty trying to overcome to stop using Facebook so much during the day. I can actually say that it was an addiction for me. It also was causing so much problems for my and my significant other, to the point were we almost broke up. Until one day I decided that Facebook was not going to control my life anymore and finally disactivated it. At first, I kept logging back in, making it very difficult to stay off. However, I finally stop letting Facebook control my life and I had been off it for 6 months straight. I feel amazing and have noticed that Facebook is not everything, there is better things out there.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Salome Valdez, Yes, social media can be addictive.  I am not too much into Facebook, but just for close family and friends. I work in the city full-time with an hour commute, so not much time left for FB. Good for you! Yes, FB is certainly NOT.

    2. RATHEESH A profile image60
      RATHEESH Aposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I have one bad habit that is I never meet the people when there is a big crowd. I was the secretary in my university and I had the chance to deliver my ideas into the public but I neglected  many times. Still I  have this problem but I am trying

    3. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      @ Ratheesh A, Oh, I used to be so terribly shy and frightened to get up and speak publicly, but I am no longer and decided that in reality there was nothing to fear and be insecure about.  I do hope you overcome this and it is really not a bad habit.

  24. SilentMagenta profile image70
    SilentMagentaposted 3 years ago

    I am a forgiver. I often forgive people who I shouldn't and go back to being a door mat. So I have learned the 3 times you're out. I have lost a lot of friends because of this but that's how life is honestly.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello SilentMagenta, oh dear, I believe in forgiving and as God tells us in His Word, that we should forgive 70 X 70 if necessary. I don't think of forgiveness as a bad habit.  I am sorry about your friendships.

    2. SilentMagenta profile image70
      SilentMagentaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well, my forgiving spirit has had me walking a 15 mile distance at 3 a.m. Also, I had my things stolen. Both of these are examples of me forgiving and being a door mat.

    3. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I empathise, Magenta. I have a sense of what you say. Be strong; do not be a door mat. Still, I agree with Faith. Forgiveness is different; one of your most powerful tools. Continue to be kind to yourself. Pray about what makes you weak. Much Love.

  25. profile image0
    MrDanielAbramposted 3 years ago

    Cracking my knuckles. I still haven't broken the habit.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image86
      Faith Reaperposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hello MrDanielAbram, Oh, yes, many have that bad habit. When I see someone doing it, it makes me cringe for it sounds like it hurts.  But it must not.

 
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