Four Tips to Change Your Bad Habits

Four Tips to Change Your Bad Habits

Four Tips to Change Your Bad Habits

Are bad habits causing negative behaviors in your life?  Do you struggle to overcome bad habits or addictions?  When you are constantly getting into trouble with your behaviors, you suffer from addictions to negative influences, or you cannot shake some of the unhealthy habits you have adopted, it may be time for you to do some work on yourself.  Taking the time to work on removing these habits will take time and energy, but if you trust the process, it can work to remove these habits from your lifestyle.  As experts in anxiety therapy in Winter Garden, we are here to help.   These are a few tips to follow when you want to finally change those bad habits.

Choose What You Want to Do Differently

Before you know you want to change your habits, you must identify the habits that you want to change.  Choose the habits that no longer serve your life and pick something that you would rather be doing.  For example, you may want to give up eating junk food, and this habit will be replaced with eating healthy snacks, like nuts or yogurts.  

Start Small

When you change your habits, you need to start by taking small steps in the right direction.  Do not eliminate the habit completely, as this may lead to relapses.  Instead, start by replacing that activity with something different at least once a day.  Once you feel comfortable, work your up to eliminating the habit completely.  For example, if you want to have a cleaner home, start with one cleaning activity per day.  Eventually, you can work up to maintaining a consistent cleaning schedule.

Be Patient

When you are changing habits that you have had for years, it will take time.  You will make mistakes, and you will suffer from setbacks.  However, it is important that you stay patient and trust the process.  Give yourself grace and stay focused on the overall goal of living a healthier lifestyle and replacing these negative habits over time.  The more you trust yourself, the more likely you will be to follow through with the process.

Facilitate the Changes

Make slight changes to your lifestyle so that adopting new habits will become easier.  This may mean removing temptations from your home, setting boundaries with friends and family, and making changes to your everyday routine.  Over time, you will recognize that these positive changes make it easier to remove bad habits.  For example, if you want to lose weight, you should remove fatty snacks and junk food from the pantry.  

By following these tips, you can finally change and remove those bad or unhealthy habits that are no longer serving your life.  When you suffer from negative habits that create unhealthy patterns in your everyday life, it is time to talk to a professional in anxiety therapy in Winter Garden.  Contact us to schedule your first meeting with our experienced therapists today.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.