Sure, some of us have habits that are a little worse than others. In fact, most habits are hard to shake. Perhaps we developed some because we grew up with them. Or, worse, some are just plain super addictive. Whatever your bad habit is, there are ways to change them. It may not be an easy road, but it is possible.
We understand that you want to finally rid yourself of that burden and change your life for the better. And, we all want to live to our best lives. But sometimes, our self-destructive habits just keep holding us back. These habits don’t simple disappear overnight. So, instead of beating yourself up, why not ease up a little and be less judgmental with yourself? Just know that with time and patience, you will hopefully kick that habit.
Ease Up on Self-Pressure
Life itself is one big pressure cooker. When growing up, perhaps you felt pressure from your parents to excel in school or make the right friends. And now that you are on your own, you continue to put pressure on yourself to succeed in life. So, when you have a bad habit that you want to break, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to be rid of it. With this added mental pressure, you may actually affect your physical well-being.
Without knowing it, you may feel like over-compensating for your bad habit and take on too many things in life. You might find that your schedule is always busy. Or, you never feel like you’re doing the right thing. And so, you rush through all the things you do. This constant pressure can affect your overall health. Perhaps you take on too many heavy tasks at work and rush around all of the time. In fact, your carelessness can lead to accidents or even spinal stenosis. This painful syndrome can occur due to pressure on the spine. However, it could be easily be avoided if you were to just take life a little slower. Forgive yourself and be less judgmental for messing up here.
So, how can you be less judgmental with yourself? This feeling of self-hate and negativity doesn’t do you any good. When you start feeling down on yourself, simply nip it in the bud. Don’t let that little judgmental seed to grow. It is up to you to control your own thoughts. Think positive thoughts like the small progress you are making towards kicking at that bad habit. It’s all about the baby steps. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Rather than beating yourself up constantly, celebrate the small wins. Eventually, those small battles will soon develop to you winning the war (against yourself) and that bad habit.
Have an Open-Mind
Now that you’ve agreed to be less judgmental towards your shortcomings, keep going until you hit the open-mind road. Sure, we are, to some extent, creatures of habit. We do what we feel comfortable with and shy away from the uncomfortable moments of life. So, in order to truly kick a habit, you also have to be open to open mindedness. By doing so, you are already challenging yourself to tackle what makes us most uncomfortable. And that may just be that habit that you cling to. Be open to the possibility that while you may not be able to quit the habit right away, at least it is foreseeable in the future at some point, hopefully.
Keep working on breaking that bad habit! Don’t beat yourself too much if you stumble here and there. Be less judgmental about your shortcomings. Open your mind to the possibility of change!
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