Week 3: Break a Bad Habit
Write a list: Consider all the ways your life will improve once you kick this particular habit. Write them down, then post the list where
you will see it—on your bathroom mirror, say, or your car's dashboard. Read it at least once daily (especially when your willpower
is wavering) to remind yourself why you want to stop and the good things that will come your way once you do. For example,
nixing nicotine can reduce your risk of heart disease in a matter of weeks If you're a mom, consider adding a note about what
quitting might mean to your child.
Secure a sponsor: Find someone who has been successful at breaking the same habit. Lean on that person for support and advice when you feel like you might cave. Holding yourself accountable to even just one other person makes it more likely that you'll stay strong when faced with temptation, experts say. Your inspiration could be a next-door neighbor or a member of an online weight-loss group such as the one at sparkpeople.
Be a patient with yourself: Behavior patterns are always hard to change so expect to relapse at least once—and be gentle with yourself when that occurs. Instead of dwelling on the setback, accept your mistake and move on. Start fresh right away. Remember, slipping up doesn't mean you can't achieve your goal. It's probably just going to take time.
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