We all have those little things that we do out of habit, things that we don’t even realise we’re doing half the time. Things that we do on a regular basis that feel normal or we just do it without thinking about it. More often then not we can’t change our habits, even if we want too.
Habits come many different strands.
There are the good habits or the habits that no one thinks twice about:
•Waking up the same time every morning
•Going to the gym every day
•Managing their money
•Reading a new book every week
But there are also bad habits, or the habits that others want us to stop before we even realise were doing them:
•Biting your nails
•Watching tv for hours on end
•Snacking on food in between meals, even if your not hungry
And then there are the habits which you want to give up just as much as everyone else wants you to but the compulsion is just to strong:
•Driving too fast
•Shop to excess
My bad habit was biting my nails. No matter how much I tried to stop it took me ages to brake it. My dad would tap my hand when I starting biting my nails and my sister would ask if I was hungry. These were all small little remarks to make me realise that I was bitting my nails again as most of the time I was unaware of it.
As I said I did brake it: it took me a few bottles of that special nail varnish that has a bitter taste to it so I would stop biting but most of the time I would just bit my nails to get rid of the stuff. But then after a while I just stopped. I didn’t force myself I just stopped. It went from being a habit which I would subconsciously do to something that I hadn’t even realised I had stopped.
I first realised that I had stopped biting when I was at work and broke a nail, I think I was more in shock that I actually said “dam I just broke my nail” then actually braking it. I had never been one of those girls who was obsessed with their nails. But I have found recently that my nails are now brittle and snap easily so now I'm buying special nail varnish to help prevent the brittleness and help strengthen them instead.
I know that there are other habits that are harder to brake then just stop thinking about them.
And these habits mainly reside in the third column of examples. Smoking has been the main habit which gets publicised these days and has many different solutions of how to brake it.
Most of life is habitual. You do the same things you did yesterday, the day before and every day for the last month. Habits, good or bad, make you who you are. The key is controlling them. If you know how to change your habits, then even a small effort can create big changes.