Bad habits that can be really hard to break at time. All vices, such as nail biting, smoking, or even overeating, and so many more need work to defeat. I’m sure you have thought of quitting and even attempted it but for one reason or another you have found yourself right back to doing it. I’m here to say that it is possible to overcome them. All you need is some will power and faith in yourself. Here are a few tips to help you kick your bad habit to the curb.

–          Write down the reasons you want to quit and set a date. Anytime in the future when you find yourself wanting to go back, just look at your list of reasons for some motivation.

–          Go cold turkey. I know this may seem difficult for some people but there are several tools to help you, such as support groups. Sometimes quitting cold turkey can be harsh and even intensify your cravings so if this is not for you, try finding what will make it easier on you. If you smoke, try using nicotine gum or patches. It will be a tough adjustment at first but it gets much easier, especially without the cravings. If it’s biting your nails, go get the bitter tasting nail polish and when they get to an appropriate length go get a manicure. I’m sure seeing them well kept and pretty will make it harder to bite them.

–          Try replacing your habits with new ones. When I quit smoking, I replaced it with a lot of exercising and when I wasn’t doing that, I chewed gum because I did not want to take it out on food. Mostly it’s the act itself that you might miss and not the nicotine. Those of you quitting alcohol can try replacing it with soda or soda water. If you want to eat healthier, make sure you have enough healthy food around you at all times to do that. Just make sure not to replace one bad habit with another. Also, promise yourself reward for doing a good job and sticking to it.

–          Remove any temptation from your environment. Make sure there is no junk food around you if you are eating healthy. Throw out the alcohol at home and try to stay away from people and situations that trigger your smoking habits. Surround yourself with positive people and places. There is so much to do in the world so find yourself some new hobbies!

I hope this helps others in their journey to a healthier vice-free life. I kicked several bad habits to the curb these past few years and it feels great. At times it was challenging but as long as you are motivated and have faith in yourself you can do anything. Don’t get discouraged if you jump back into old habits, just remember all the reasons you quit and get back into it. Thankfully, I am healthier and happier than I have ever been and I can’t wait to improve!