We all have bad habits. Some of us are easier to recognize and admit it than others. I am one who's upfront about that sort of thing with myself. There's no use in being in denial. It doesn't do you any good.
The 1st step to starting to correct a bad habit is to admit it to yourself.
I am a nail-biter. I hate it. I would LOVE to have gorgeous, natural nails. I have always been a nail biter. It never really was an issue really, before my kids were old enough to question me about it. I'd either go get my nails done ( acrylics and polish) or I'd do them myself with those wicked, evil stick-ons that hurt like HELL if you caught your nail on something and bent it back..... *OUCH!*
Lately, my 5 year old has been noticing that I bite my nails. I've caught her and my 3 year old emulating me and I don't want them to fall into the dark, ugly habit that is nail biting!!
The 2nd step is to make yourself aware when that habit creeps up on you.........
That's a lot easier to write than it is to put to practice. Bad habits come at us from all directions. Some are done out of nervous energy and some out of boredom; some show up when we're watching a scary movie or waiting in line in anticipation of a roller coaster. In other words, these bad habits feed the pleasure seeking part of our brains. We have to become aware of these times and replace them with another action. Some people have incredible willpower. My dad was one of those people. Once he made up his mind to do something, he stood, steadfast and didn't falter. I wish I had received that from his genetics, rather than my short stature! HA!!
For me, willpower is just not an option. I haven't got a drop.
The 3rd Step is the solution
Now that we're aware of the bad habit. What can we do about it? How can we replace that habit with something that will equally feed the pleasure seeking part of the brain? Now, for each of us, this can and probably will be different. Some people put nasty-tasting nail polish on their nails and some will chew gum or suck a lollipop. None of those things work for me. I am not a gum person and I can't stand hard candy. I am still seeking a solution that will work for me. The nasty nail polish works to an extent.... maybe I'll be persistent with that........
What's a bad habit of yours?