An addiction is typically a bad habit that features frequently in your life. These habits creep into your life, often starting with just the one hit in the morning. Before you know it you are having something when you get to work, at lunchtime and as a fix for the mid afternoon slump. The addictions I’m talking about are five of the most common; sweet treats, cigarettes, caffeine, booze and carbohydrates. What’s your weakness?
The process to change these habits for the better involves eight progressive steps; I won’t do it, I can’t do it, I want to do it, how do I do it? I’ll try to do it, I can do it, I will do it, I did it! Which stage are you at?
It’s time to wipe the slate clean, forget previous failed attempts and start fresh. Set yourself up right. If you start with a plan you are more likely to see the change through so keep reading for my top tips for overcoming your guilty pleasures…
1. Find the motivation to stop
If you have a compelling reason as to why you should or why you want to stop it will be much easier to start and is also strong motivation to keep going when times get tough. Sometimes we know we should kick the habit but there isn’t a strong enough reason as to why you should start now.
2. One step at a time
Take each craving as it comes. You have to fight every craving and each one will become easier to overcome. As you practice, you can progress to dealing with it day by day. Every day you wake up, reset and get ready for the day ahead. Over time this is how your habits will change.
3. Give it up for a specific duration
Give yourself a set amount of time when you will be strict, with no slip ups ever. Once this period of time is up you can have as much as you want. It’s very likely that at the end of your restrictive period, your cravings will be much less prominent.
4. Have your whole week’s intake in one sitting
Doing this will provide two things for you, first, a final binge to satisfy your desire and second, having so much in one sitting can put you off for life!
5. Keep a record
Make a note of every time you indulge, this will increase your awareness and may well make you realise that your bad habits could be a much bigger issue. This can also be valuable information to gain clues about when your weakest time during the day is, for example wanting a sugary treat mid afternoon for an energy boost. One way to rectify this is to make sure you fuel yourself sufficiently at lunch time.
Making just a small change can have a huge knock on effect to other areas of your life. Make a change today!