There’s a stigma that puts a negative connotation on word “habit” but not all habits are actually bad habits. In fact habit, as defined by Webster, refers to a “settled or regular tendency or practice”. In other words a habit is something that you do automatically in your day like brushing your teeth, showering, and getting dressed. These are all good activities but it’s not to say that bad habits don’t exist.
Harmful Habit Warming Signs
Think about when you are at work or doing something that requires focus. Is there something that grabs your attention away for a prolonged period of time? Does it interfere with your work? Does it interfere with relationships with others? Do you feel trapped or tied down to something? If you answered yes to any of these questions odds are you have a harmful habit or an addiction.
Maybe you’re still on the fence about your habit. Here’s a way to find out if you habit is an addiction:
- Make a list at the start of you day of everything you need to do from eating, sleeping, to doing the dishes.
- Analyze your list. Do you do everything thing you needed to? Give it a percentage score or a grade.
- Think. Why did you get the score that you did? Was it because of your habit? If it was, then this is a helpful way to see the impact it has on you.
Breaking the Habit
Now that you are aware there are a few easy steps to help combat the harmful habit.
- Learn or do new things. It could be a musical instrument, reading a book, yoga, or volunteer work. Just be sure it’s something you don’t normally do.
- Mark your calendar. Be strict for 21 days in order to overcome the habit.
- Get a hobby. Do something constructive like sports, cooking, or fishing.
- Don’t go back to the habit if you think you’re in control. It will become worse.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones”. Following these steps will help you be aware of your harmful habits and be able to lose them.