HOW TO BREAK BAD HABITS IN 3 STEPS:
(According to Wendy Wood, a social psychologist at the University of Southern California and author of “Good Habits, Bad Habits: The science of making positive changes that stick”, breaking bad habits involves making new, GOOD habits. Here’s how…)
1. Ease up: If something’s too difficult, you simply won’t do it. Depending on your goal, fill your pantry with healthy snacks, turn off your social media notifications, or sign up for a gym near your office. It’s all about making the choice to “do better” easier. (I need to put my phone in another room…)
2. Make it enjoyable: You’re not going to repeat a behavior that you don’t enjoy. And you’re not going to form a habit for something that you hate. So, find a way to make it fun. That could mean stopping by a favorite smoothie bar after a morning run, or watching trash TV while you complete a dreaded task, like running on the treadmill.
3. Repeat regularly: It takes 66 days to make a simple habit change. So, if you miss a day, don’t panic. Just get back to your new, good habit as soon as possible.