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The Good Habit Guide
Table of Contents
Habits and How Are They Created What You Can Do to Change Habits Is There Something Stopping You Regular Habits People Create Tripping the Trigger Changing is a Process Using Meditation and Relaxation How to Stop Nail Biting Changing Sleep Disorders Overspending and Shopping Do You Have Relationship Habits Health and Fitness Habits Gambling - Another Self Destructive Habit Is Laziness a Habit When You Need Help
Habits and How Are They Created Habits: What They are and How They are Formed
There is no human being in this world that doesn’t have a habit. In fact, no creature lives and thrives without at least a semblance of a habit. Habits are reminders that we learn within our environment and that our environment directly affects the way we act, speak and think. But what are habits and how are they formed?
Learning a habit
A habit, by definition, is any act that is acquired through experiences and is performed on a regular basis, often without thinking. Once a habit is acquired, it becomes almost automatic in nature. It is often exhibited as a mannerism, a quirk, a regular act, a routine or a craving, like smoking.
Psychologist Mortimer Adler, Ph.D., refers to a habit as a 'formed ability', learned over a sustained period of time. He even considers habits as a form of perfection, regardless of whether they are good or bad. His reasoning is that a human infant, during the early stages of his life, has within himself various potentialities and abilities, all of which need to be developed.
it's almost next to impossible to get rid of this skill and become a person who doesn’t know the language. say and think things as a result of his growth. Once he gets off the bike. Learning to balance and manipulate the handle bars is a skill a person learns. he whistles as he does. is a skill. experience or both. As such. he no longer needs to exert effort in maintaining the same balance required by riding a bike and he no longer has to pedal. you will remember what your language was and very quickly. he begins to adapt certain habits that he will later exhibit when he's older. However. mainly because habits can be broken and forgotten. regain it. . by simply going back to your origin or encountering your language again regardless of medium. You can probably forget certain words and phrases especially if you become isolated from the language and live in an environment using a different one. Habits aren’t the same as skills. the human infant learns to do. for example.As 'raw material'. Another example that distinguishes a habit from a skill can be illustrated by the skill of bicycling. Learning to speak a certain language. So he rides the bike and as part of his habit. No matter how hard you try. but skills can’t.
When pushed to the extreme. stand up and sit. the same habit may still appear even if he is no longer pedaling. habits begin as part of a past experience. Habits are quite interesting subjects and are in fact. His habits can manifest themselves through these simple acquired skills. a favorite among psychologists because their nature makes them an essential element to learning. . such as riding a bike. such as always starting on the same foot when walking or using a certain posture when standing or preferring to cross one leg over the other when sitting.However. He could be cooking. habits can also become disruptive and develop into mental illnesses that often require treatment. without any conscious effort on his part. he performs it automatically. An average person. They can also be formed as part of our acquired skills. for example. if he has a habit of whistling when he is in the middle of performing something. taking a shower or washing his car and he would still be whistling. gardening. How habits are formed As mentioned earlier. Since whistling is a habit for him. has already learned how to walk.
if a person has defective teeth and has been embarrassed about them in the past. For example. Emotional aspect of habits While the above examples are based mainly on the physical sources of habits. for example. He keeps repeating this action again and again. is fairly common and is often the result of emotional immaturity or a lack of self-confidence. he might still find himself covering his mouth when laughing from time to time. it is also important to remember that habits may also be formed as a result of a sustained emotional response to an event or another emotion.Experience also plays a major part in the formation of habits. The habit of procrastination. Habits may also be formed as an attempt on self-protection and preservation. Even when he's had his teeth fixed. often a practical reason why certain habits are reinforced. . until it becomes a habit. Automatically checking doors at night or checking the car before driving are common manifestations of formed habits that are created to ensure safety and well being. he might cover his mouth when speaking or laughing.
People recognize this problem. This is when they become habits. not innate characteristics. Recognizing what your bad habits are and how you developed them will be your first step. However. but they are learned behavior. They are often tied to a certain rewarding emotion or event. . When they are firmly established as a pattern of behavior. Habits are formed early. How habits are formed Habits are the result of acquired skills and past experiences. although it's not uncommon to see habits that are unhealthy and disruptive to both physical and mental health. but saying that changing habits will improve your life is a rather simplistic approach because it's easier said than done.What You Can Do to Change Habits Bad Habits: What You Can Do to Change Them Bad habits have been implicated as being the single cause of many broken dreams. these acts become easier and easier to perform. it is true that bad habits can be changed provided we understand what they are and how they began in the first place. lost opportunities and wasted time. Certain acts become habits because they are repeated again and again over an extended period of time.
The habit in your brain According to MIT (yes. Changing them makes some people feel uncomfortable. These changes correspond to a certain habit. if you find it hard to break old habits. as if they are leaving their trusted comfort zone. that's Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Furthermore. even if it won't. certain changes in the patterns of neural activity in the brain occur. such as smoking. one way or another and it is especially true with habits. people prefer not to change their habits because of the sense of familiarity they offer. gambling or drinking coffee in the morning. most people just give up and give in. some bad habits are so deeply ingrained that some people find them comforting. When this happens. The pattern can be reinforced by continuous practice of the habit and will be stored in a region of the brain called the basal ganglia. Not only that. It's because once habits are established. blame your neurons. changing a habit makes some people think it will change their character and personality.Why bad habits are difficult to break Change is difficult. This is the same . They are so tough to break that often.
region that contributes to procedural learning and the formation of certain habits including addiction. Once the pattern of a habit has been stored in the brain. Old vs. You will have a feeling that you forgot to do . This probably explains why a reformed smoker will feel a certain pleasure or urge to smoke if he sees an ashtray or a lighter. it is always disconcerting to try to break them and continue with other tasks as if nothing happened. it can throw you off a little bit if you happen to sleep in a hotel room and wake up without your kitchen. new The establishment of patterns in the brain and the associated emotional attachment to certain habits make older habits more difficult to break than new ones. Since old habits are so strongly ingrained that they have become almost automatic. Consider for example. If he encounters an object or event that is associated with that habit. it doesn’t fade away or disappear. even if a person has successfully stopped a habit. If you perform this habit daily for many years. it will act as a stimulus and the pattern can reappear. the act of filling a coffeemaker with coffee every morning at 7 o'clock.
you will be able to break the pattern and overcome the habit.something or that something just isn’t right. how it is formed and what it does to you. then you'll know a bad habit has been broken. You only begin to worry when there is no longer an opportunity for you to perform the same habit again. When you're able to break it down and understand how you built it into your system. stored in your brain. A bad habit will always be with you. especially a bad one. but only if you know that everything will go back to normal. Changing bad habits As you can see. from a different perspective. You overcome this. By recognizing its nature. As an extreme example. aim to break them gradually. it can be quite a challenge to change a bad habit but just because it's difficult doesn’t mean it can't be done. . people who are obsessive compulsive will find it very uncomfortable and annoying if they can’t perform certain acts that they are so used to doing. But if you truly want to improve your life and implement positive change. When you're able to shed them and find a level of comfort without them. of course. you will be able to view a habit.
You know you have a bad habit and you so desperately want to change it. they could creep up on you during a weak moment and then overcome you again. They last forever and even when you conquer them. it's often easier to just give up fighting altogether and just simply let the habits overcome your efforts. but you can't seem to get past square one. The only problem with this thinking is. If you're not careful.Is There Something Stopping You Stuck in the Moment? Is There Something Stopping You? Bad habits die hard and when you're stuck in one. you keep slipping and sliding back. whether they are good or bad. shouldn’t that be enough? If only it were that easy. So what's stopping you from making a change in your life and seeking improvement? Is that a stop sign I see? You have the desire to change a bad habit. As long as you're back in your comfort zone. having a strong desire to end a bad habit isn’t enough. habits. Often. Why? For one. No matter what you do. . you're wrong. have a tendency to stick around. they can remain dormant for many years. you're fine. Forget about the concept of failure.
it has a cause for existence. do you know what it is? Here's how you can stop your bad habits and begin changing your life: Find out the root cause of your bad habit. we miss out on a great opportunity. Was there a painful or embarrassing situation you experienced in the past or did you experience encouragement in order to develop a habit? Did acquiring that habit make you feel good about yourself? Accepted? Loved? Admired? Or does it make you feel guilty. old habits offer something comforting because of their familiarity. When this happens. Regardless of what habit you might have.Second. shameful or embarrassed? Learning about what caused your bad habit will help you understand what's . Most of us are afraid to move forward for fear of living a life we know that is safe and exchanging it for a life that is unknown yet exciting. Something in your past made you acquire and develop this habit. I want a bad habit to end now! So how can you overcome a bad habit that has a stranglehold on you? Is there something stopping you? If there is.
Oftentimes. However. Accept your fears. As an adult. you will understand what your real motivation is for nurturing the habit and how you can finally put an end to it. You are probably under no duress to continue with your habit. Acknowledge your responsibility. it's a totally different story. Stop blaming your parents or your elder siblings or your friends for your bad habit. You not only feel more bitter about your present situation. This can stop you from moving on. As a child. you probably are free of blame for doing things that you didn’t volunteer. A fear can overwhelm .stopping you from achieving your goals. by targeting a specific cause or reason. you can then move on. fears have a nasty tendency of getting blown out of proportion. Once you've acknowledged your own contribution. however. you could also end up hurting people's feelings. You are an adult who is responsible for everything you do and say. Fears are beneficial by nature because they are the result of our instincts and reflexes that help protect us in times of danger.
When you have made that decision. Make a decision to replace a bad habit with a positive one. 'What do I want changed in my life? How badly do I want it? What am I willing to do to get it? What can I look forward to if I make that change?' The answers to these questions should be reasons enough to take action. Now that you have the incentive to change your bad habits and create good ones. you have every right to throw your fears away. Denying you don’t have it or that it doesn’t exist will only aggravate your emotions. It is there and you know it. Because you know it to be your own. You can’t make it go away if you don’t tell yourself it's even there in the first place. there should be no stopping you this time. Ask yourself. . You alone can make that move. Is it fear that is stopping you? If it is. Better yet. you should be able to feel a strong compulsion to take steps in the right direction. You can't kill a bad habit but you can stop doing it. learn to accept it as your own. learn to let it go. you can acquire a new one that will replace the bad habit and contribute to making a positive change in your life. no one else. After you have accepted it.and paralyze you even if it's just a tiny thing.
Are you guilty of a bad habit? Here are the most common regular habits that people create: Procrastination Procrastination is one of the most popular regular habits that people develop.Regular Habits People Create Are You Guilty? Regular Bad Habits People Create Do you have a bad habit? You probably do. although most of the effects are felt at a later stage. will develop one at some point in life. Habits are created because of the performance of certain acts in a regular manner. habits are harmless and can even be productive. It is only when they become counter productive and affect a person's development and his contribution to his environment that habits need to be changed. It is also one of the most damaging. because they pave the way toward learning. these habits become well established and as such. Usually. In fact. every person on this planet has a bad habit or at least. When the mind and body become accustomed to it. People with the habit of procrastination tend to . are difficult to break.
avoidance becomes automatic. People who have developed the habit of negative thinking often find it difficult to see the good points and would rather dwell on the negative aspects.avoid certain tasks. Sometimes. often found in people who haven’t been able to develop a good sense of maturity and acceptance. regardless of the level of difficulty of the task. there is a foreboding sense of failure or doom among people who have a negative attitude. either because these tasks are too difficult. regardless of their real value. Negative thinking Negative thinking often becomes a regular habit in people who have had experiences that were difficult or painful. too easy or just simply uncomfortable. It is difficult for them to learn to stand back. Often. The result? Wasted time and lost opportunities. They tend to view and treat things as if they are worthless. . when the habit is so well established. Impulsiveness Another regular habit that can be costly is impulsiveness. take a moment to think and decide and then take action. unsuccessful and a total waste of time. For them. the first thought that comes to mind is often the best choice so they carry out this thought.
Complacency Complacency is often characterized by submissiveness. They tend to dislike change and would rather stay within the boundaries of their comfort zones. never venturing out to see what else their environment can offer them. Complacent individuals are the complete opposite of go-getters. They think that whatever effort they give will be ineffective and unsafe.unmindful of the consequences. it's just not done. it's often difficult to go beyond these boundaries and exert more effort because. as they often believe. People who are complacent tend to be selfsatisfied with themselves and their present condition. Bad personal hygiene . In their minds. This habit limits their perspective of things and makes them refuse to accept certain truths and take advantage of certain opportunities. the tendency to stand back and be content. Implementing false limits People who are afraid to go beyond what they have established to be true and effective tend to implement false limits upon themselves.
it also becomes a reflection of his character. when a person learns about their benefits. Unhealthy physical habits Certain habits affect health in a negative way. They become a problem when they turn into an addiction or begin to threaten their physical health. However.Regular habits that involve personal hygiene are often taught and learned in early childhood. considering that many people usually develop an awareness of themselves that often translates later to self-care and development. drinking and excessive eating. drinking or taking drugs). Habits such as these may or may not be accompanied by an emotional cause or attachment but they become so well established that they often become one of the most difficult to break. These habits may be developed early in life (such as overeating) or they may be acquired later (such as smoking. they may also be reinforced later in life. it not only becomes a health risk. such as smoking. Sometimes. All the same. this type of habit is probably the easiest to change. social factors such as shame and embarrassment can also help bring about a change in habits. if a person fails to develop a personal hygiene. . unlike most regular bad habits. Sometimes.
One of the greatest factors that need to be considered is the persons full awareness of his bad habit. people can eliminate those bad habits.We will discuss some of these in upcoming chapters. The logic is simple: How can you eliminate something you aren’t aware of? And this doesn’t necessarily mean simply identifying the . However. Tripping the Trigger Get Rid of Bad Habits Once and For All by Tripping the Trigger Accept it: most people have bad habits. They only realize that they have to eliminate bad habits when they are destructive. these bad habits aren’t recognized and the individual isn’t even aware that he or she has one. whether they are aware of them or not. The point here is that changing bad habits isn’t as simple as 1-2-3. Here’s how: 1. But this isn’t a good excuse for not changing bad habits. Identify your bad habit It’s true that some people may not be aware of their bad habits. At the most.
things will be clear in your mind and you will be able to understand why such activities are classified as bad habits. Some people . every bad habit has a trigger that sets off anxieties and distresses. you don’t pull your hair for no reason at all. Simply put: stress is the major culprit. What triggers your bad habit? Of course. You see. This includes identifying the negative sides of the habit in general. Once identified. People are engaged in bad habits whenever they are stressed. Like anything else. the next step in eliminating bad habit is to identify the culprit. Identify the culprit Experts say that bad habits don’t happen overnight. 2. anxious. or agitated. there must be some reasons or factors that trigger the situation.bad habit per se. right? Not even smokers like the smell of cigarette smoke. people who smoke would normally say that smoking aids in muscle relaxation or eases the tension that builds up whenever they are in a tricky situation. Just think of it this way: In most cases. burned out. Hence. These are what you call the triggers or the very things that compel you to be engaged in bad habits.
chat with some friends. For instance. then it would be best if you go out for a walk. By simply identifying things that trigger bad habits. you need to make changes. it will be easier for you to keep yourself away from such activities. or indulge on things that you find satisfying like eating ice cream. Act Now! What good does it make if after identifying the trigger. It isn’t enough that you know the enemy and you still let that enemy bother you. The main point here is that by simply staying away from things that trigger your bad habits. it will be easier for you to come up with solutions that will effectively eliminate bad habits. you are still remain passive about it? The important thing is that you have to act and make some deliberate changes. if you know that boredom sparks your nail biting.may also show signs of boredom or negative emotional spurts. 3. . In order to effect bad habit changes. The idea is to cut the urge that is building inside every time you are within the influence of those triggers.
Of course. . just try to follow this advice and you will surely find yourself in a much better situation. In time. Replacements The next step is to find replacements. why not find other things that will release your energy. You may use a rubber ball instead and squeeze it as you try to pass through the stressful situation. For example. So when experts say trip the trigger. Hence. You may even find yourself going back to it over and over again. Tripping the trigger and eliminating the culprit in bad habit formation is just a matter of diverting your attention to things that will still provide you satisfaction or relief but in a less troubling manner. you may not immediately break the habit in such a short time.4. instead of pulling your hair every time you are in a stressful situation. you will be surprised at how much you have improved and eliminated the bad habit once and for all. the best way to break the habit is to replace it with a good habit.
Problems take place when a person with pre-conceived ideas that are fixed experiences change. it is advisable that change should be accepted as true and evident. Therefore. whether drastic or anticipated. What they fail to realize is that nothing is permanent in this world except change. Accept Change as a Reality Most people may have pre-conceived ideas of what lies before them. and what to expect based on the things that are happening. And if you think you can’t cope with change. maybe these tips can help you get through.Changing is a Process Here’s a Quick Way to Understanding That Changing is a Process Some people think that life is permanent. This is because people who don’t accept change as something that is real will have difficulty in adapting. . where things will never change and the things that happened today will be the same tomorrow or the day after. what will happen in the future.
In this situation. 1. where behavior. Usually. Experts say that for change to take effect in its most effective manner. . mind set. people who are more defensive often reflect on how they despise change. The greatest action an individual can make is when he makes decisions.Change is a Process Change is rooted in the field of psychology. Decision making The first stage is decision making. change appears as a three-step process. While others may have different categories on each stage. Some experts say it is the stage of unfreezing. When making decisions. They don’t want to let go of their old ways. To adapt to change. you have to consider several things. where pre-conceived ideas or the so-called mind set are taken apart and the individual is compelled to overcome passive actions and be interactive. you have to avoid defense mechanisms. still. the individual must learn and understand that it is a process. and personal perspectives are taken into consideration. change can be boiled down to three stages.
Preparation involves notable attempts to effect change. Experts say that things are more bearable if you know where you’re heading. the transition stage will be easier to deal with because you have programmed or set your mind that these things will happen. you must have a deeper analysis of what is happening in the present. they are more than willing to try new things and are more open to new information. Taking actions . With this. Analyze the trends and predict possible changes that may take place. Preparation To effect change. say. it is important that you have a clear understanding of your goals and objectives. you have to learn how to prepare for such occurrences. 3. Hence. or the onset of setting goals. when people are ready for change and have decided to accept it. in two to three years. readiness to engage in such changes in the next few months. To do this. 2.However.
prepared for them. Say.Change won’t happen if the concerned individual doesn’t take action. taking action is subject to your readiness to take steps and start applying for singing jobs in different organizations. This is where the actual process of change takes place. you may start with deciding what actions you have to do to exhibit change. This goes to show that people can make changes by themselves. if you want to be a singer to earn more income. All they have to do is to follow these three simple steps in the process of change and see the kind of future that lies ahead. In this stage. This will be the primary factor that will motivate you to move to the next level. After that. For instance. That is because they have finally decided on things. the future is in your hands. if you want to change the quality of your life. Keep in mind that each phase in the process has its own readiness. As they say. the individual is ready to engage will power and develop a sense of independence. and are now ready to take action. Then prepare yourself for the main event. Using Meditation and Relaxation Little Known Ways of Using Meditation and Relaxation to Facilitate Habit .
How? It is very simple. With deep breathing exercises. with a more relaxed condition. Here’s how: 1. many people fail to appreciate breathing. relaxation and meditation has been recognized as important treatment modalities. However. many people have noted that most of these treatment modalities are only used by professionals. However. What they don’t know is that these can also be used personally and applied on their own. maybe even the single most important element that man needs in order to survive. muscle tension. and other factors that exhibit unclear or distracted thinking are eliminated. Hence. anxiety. Experts say that breathing as a means of relaxation can greatly help people not only relieve stressful situations but also to facilitate bad habit changes. it will be easier for you to . Breathe Air is one of the most important.Changes Since its inception.
They don’t know that smoking can even aggravate the situation by increasing tension and irritability. Detoxifying your mind means using effective measures of eliminating negative situations or concepts. Identify stress People who are stressed tend to engage in activities that may temporarily relieve them but in reality these things only do more harm than good. 2. 3. For instance. By applying some meditative and relaxing activities. And even if the change process is stressful. Successful people say that in order to eliminate bad thoughts.facilitate bad habit changes. the results can be invigorating. Detoxify And this doesn’t mean the usual detoxification that people usually do with their bodies. quit smoking. thereby. such as yoga or selfhypnosis. most tobacco smokers contend that one of the reasons they smoke is to relieve tension or stress. you can easily identify stress and. you need to .
he meant that people can only effect change if their minds are in a relaxed state. it is important that you expect the best. said that change won’t take place unless hypnosis is involved.program yourself with good thoughts and this can be done by simply choosing positive thoughts. people are more prepared to accept suggestions that facilitate bad habit changes. Our mind can’t occupy two thoughts at the same time. Hence. With this. Hence. if you really want to change your bad habits. this is a choice. For those who succeed in eliminating bad habits. they always think of the best and believe that they can change for the better without any trace of bad habits left behind. Through self-hypnosis. 4. You think positive or think negative. the mind is relieved from anxiety and the whole body is free from stress. It goes to that old cliché of the glass being half full or half empty. People who fail to change bad habits always complain about the fallacies or mistakes in their program or activities. co-founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Engage in self-hypnosis Sigmund Freud. Some people say that self-hypnosis may also resemble that of counseling . Yes.
Quantify optimism and positive thoughts If you think you can’t simply switch from negative thoughts to positive thoughts because it has always been like that. Experts say that people just have to change the way they perceive things and develop a sense of acceptance to things that will lead them to a better life. Then. the ability of the mind to accept things in every respect is more evident and effective when the mind isn’t in its conscious state. This is not the case. For instance. 5. So where do these pointers lead you? All of these things boil down to the fact that changing habits isn’t just a process but more of a psychoanalytical activity where the mind is the primary motivator. you will be amazed at the results. every time you have negative thoughts. . The idea is to quantify the switches that you do in order to see how effective this process can be. That is because when the mind is in its conscious state. immediately switch to positive. think again. count every time you do this. the numbers will decrease.because suggestions take place. Experts say that even if suggestions take place in both situations. Little by little. In time. it tends to be logical and reasonable.
Everyone has a choice and right choices always take place in a relaxed. positive mind. How to Stop Nail Biting Tips On How To Stop Nail Biting Children generally have nail biting problems and this can cause disfiguration of the nail and of the finger. But nail biting isn’t only a worrisome habit shown by children.Everything happens not by chance but because people make choices. then it is terribly hard for them to just stop. there are parents who worry too much about the nail biting habits of their children. Some parents who have children with nail biting problems just ignore it and hope it will pass as they get older. Here are some facts about the nail biting which will help you understand the . It is present among adults as well and solving this nervous habit for both children and adults can be a challenge. However. You can tell your child to stop nail biting every minute of the day but since it is a habit.
help them find a ways to solve it: This habit may be deeply rooted and you need to address the root causes of the habit before it can be solved. Hypnosis. then perhaps. It can also be said that a lack of self esteem could be the roott cause of this habit. So how can you solve the nail biting habit? 1. Since this is a behavior problem brought about unconsciously. A person (especially an adult) resorts to nail biting when they are nervous or experiencing bouts of self consciousness. Such words can signal you to stop your nail biting habit. Hypnosis is a very powerful tool that can be used in treating the simplest to the most complicated illnesses. You can start by identifying words that you can repeat to yourself over and over again during the day. they will be okay no matter how big a challenge they are facing. they continue this nervous habit as long as they need it to comfort their insecurities.condition and perhaps. Nail biting sometimes works as a comfort which means that as long as a person can bite their nails. . In the meantime. learning how to hypnotize the yourself into believing that you can get rid of the problem may help.
If you can’t psyche yourself into putting a stop to your nail biting habit you can make use of products that will literally make you suffer if you continue. It can be very fashionable especially for women so it isn’t as if it is a very challenging solution to nail biting. However. 3. If nail biting is used to relax the nerves especially during trying times then you can substitute other habits (preferably those that . Hand gloves can discourage nail biting because you wouldn’t want to taste rubber or even satin gloves. These nail creams are specially formulated to enhance the nails of people with nail biting habits. It can be gross but it can stop the habit. Use of acetone. Remember that nail biting can damage the nail and a person who had this habit for a long time should consider something to bring back the nail to its original condition. Substitution. 4. There are commercial nail creams that are available everywhere. 5. lacquer and cayenne pepper. Imagine putting cayenne pepper on the nails that are often used in nail biting and then tasting the pepper every time you bite. This can be a desperate solution to a nervous habit that is getting worse. Commercial nail creams.2. these products are not generally safe for children. Wear gloves.
you may not think of a sleep disorder as a habit. but it is. Putting a stop to the nail biting habit can be done provided there is determination and aid from commercial products. People can experience a sleepless night even if they go to sleep early and spend at least eight hours in bed. This can lead to physical and mental discomfort the next day especially if they need to work and concentrate on . It has all of the same characteristics of any other habit.aren’t as annoying) like humming or taking a deep breath. What is important is that you are aware of your nail biting habit and are determined to get rid of the habit. Changing Sleep Disorders Guide To Changing Sleep Disorders Generally. The solution can be free (as in the case of hypnotism as you can read about this method and apply it to stop the habit) or it can cost a little (as when the purchase of products like nail creams or bitter tasting liquids applied on the nail is necessary). your on your way to becoming free of nail biting. Before you know it.
Everyone has a wake and sleep cycle or a rhythm and a disturbance of this cycle can lead to sleepiness during the daytime. sleep disorders can be changed and managed. like most habits that are negatively changing a healthy lifestyle. However. Here are some of the most common sleeping disorders and the possible solutions to reducing the ill effects of these habits and ways to get rid of them once and for all: Circadian rhythm sleep disorder This is a sleep disorder more commonly identified with insomnia or a disturbance in the sleep and wake cycle. Some people think that getting to bed early and lying in bed for a long time will bring about rest.what they’re doing that day. However. This can have adverse effects on your normal functions . this is prevented by many factors among them sleep disorders that hare been experienced for so long they think this pattern is normal. Most sleeping disorders have become habitual for some people and they think there’s nothing they can do anything about them.
also a sleep-wake disturbance. He sleeps a little later than normal. A person who has this sleep disorder will experience a hard time falling asleep during normal sleeping hours. they have a problem with sleeping as well as in waking up at the right time. A person has established a circadian rhythm or wake and sleep cycle and once this is disturbed through traveling to a country with a different time zone. Among the casualties of this condition are call center . However. there is Delayed sleep phase-This is characterized by chronic deprivation of sleep or insomnia.and can interfere with your social and work life. Thus. the sleep itself is normal. This sleep disorder can be categorized into four types: Jet lag type-The term refers to the wake and sleep disturbance experienced by a person who is often traveling through different time zones. then he experiences the jet lag disorder. Shift work-This is a sleep disorder often experienced by those working on shifting schedules. Unspecified type-This sleep disorder is unspecified because the reasons aren’t classified under the other types of sleep disorders. But once they are able to go to sleep.
Those traveling through different time zones can easily take cat naps and choose flights that will enable them to catch up with their sleeping patterns. Restless Legs Syndrome This sleep disorder becomes habitual when a person gets used to the tingling sensation in his legs while sleeping which causes a disturbance in his sleeping pattern. By addressing the root cause of this sleeping disorder. To solve this bad habit. you are able to change a bad sleeping habit. Older people and those with an iron deficiency usually experience this disorder. you can check with your doctor so you can be prescribed medications to help you get to the root of the problem. it could result in a poor social life.agents or factory workers who have to work at night for several days and then have to revert to the morning schedule the next few days. Snoring . However. A person who experiences this sleep disorder should find ways to manage his sleeping habits. Workers who have shifting schedules can totally revamp their lifestyle and live their lives according to their working hours so they can get enough sleep.
you can change this habit. Unfortunately. you have enough money to get by if only you weren’t a slave to these bad habits of overspending and shopping. The bad news is that overspending and shopping addictions are learned and once you learn them there will be no turning back until there is no longer . Overspending and Shopping How To Avoid Overspending and Shopping You may think you are earning less when you realize at the end of the month that you no longer have money to spend on the things you want. You weren’t born with these bad habits already embedded in your veins. But in reality. headaches as well as memory and concentration problems. you have spent all your earnings no thanks to a small plastic card that gives you the constant urge to splurge any time without hard cash. Snoring becomes a habit when a person who has the condition ignores the symptoms and effects like irritability the next morning. By addressing the causes of snoring like a seeming lack or interruption in the supply of oxygen while sleeping.This is a sleep disorder that can cause sleepless nights not only to the one who has the condition but also to the people sleeping with them.
anything left at the end of every pay cycle.
Research conducted by Stanford University in 2002 shows that no less than 60 million people (Americans) are categorized as shopping addicts or compulsive shoppers. The number may have gotten higher over the years considering the rise of high rise malls in America and all over the world.
The good news for shopaholics is that the bad habit of shopping and overspending can be cured in no time at all with these tips and practical guidelines:
1. First, there is a need to self-evaluate and determine if these bad habits are present. You will know you have the tendency to overspend (if you don’t already) and to shop if you: • Give way to spur of the moment shopping no matter what the price.
Little or no savings at all (and if there is a little amount left it is being eyed for another purchase.
Turn to shopping when depressed.
More than half of the monthly salary is spent for debt payments (especially credit cards).
Pleasure buying (buying items that aren’t’t really necessary).
Become upset or depressed when prohibited to buy something (includes self-prohibition).
2. Once the existence of these bad habits is confirmed, then the next step is to find ways to minimize or even stop them from totally ruining your life and finances. Among the best ways to avoid overspending are: • Avoid owning more than one credit card. If there are several then bring only one card when going out and this should be the card with the smallest credit limit.
Better yet, don’t bring the credit card at all so the urge to splurge will be discouraged. Some people hide their cards so that by the time they find the card the urge has passed.
Make it a habit to purchase using cash. Although the US is becoming a cashless society, it is still wise to bring cash to monitor expenses.
Make a list of things to buy and go directly to the aisles where these items can be found. Navigating too far away from the intended items can be another spending pressure.
Avoid window shopping.
Avoid the urge to buy just because the items are on sale.
Set up a budget and stick to it.
3. Self-Reward. It is hard to keep to a budget but if this is achieved then it is best to reward yourself not with shopping but with the little pleasures of life like a sauna or a relaxing book.
4. Take up a hobby. More often than not, people who get mall-crazy are those who get so bored at home they find the mall an attractive place. Finding a hobby that will keep you interested and busy will minimize mall visits and thus, lessen spending. The hobby can also be the start of a future business venture that could help you earn more.
5. Join groups that cater to shopping and spending addicts. If there is an Alcoholics Anonymous, there is also Debtors Anonymous and other similar groups that can serve as a support group for people with spending problems.
It isn’t easy to totally get rid of overspending and shopping addictions because these are bad habits that have been learned over time. However, a
clothes or even our partner. chances are. Whatever the similarity. and it is a pattern. If you find yourself pining over someone who is clearly unavailable. Notice that they have a bind tying them altogether. Here’s a clear example of a bad relationship habit. It could be they’re all artists or they’re all lean men.determined person who wants to be reformed and to be financially stable in the future won’t have a hard time coping with the daily challenges of learning how to spend money wisely. It may seem to have potential but the problem is that it’s so unattainable. The ironic thing is that it is so difficult to simply end a relationship despite the fact that you are aware how bad it is for you. Look back at your slew of significant others. You are attached to one . there’s something similar about their personalities too. A bad relationship is defined as continuously involving frustration from both parties. when it comes to shoes. Do You Have Relationship Habits Break Your Bad Relationship Habits They say that we have a certain preference. it only goes to show that you are addicted to this kind of bad habit.
desperate or angry. You’ll know that you’ve hit a downward spiral if you can’t cut off from the relationship completely. Bad relationships are when the two people involved in it possess different ideas and they don’t come from the same place. The tension between you and your partner will clearly affect you. There is a lack of communication and they no longer enjoy each others presence. You are only harming yourself on an emotional level and sooner or later. you will suffer from stress which will gravitate to physical pain. 1. emotionally and physically. you resort to alcohol or drug abuse. If you choose to remain in such a discordant and disruptive relationship. . You are aware that the relationship is bad for you but you don’t do anything to end it. If addiction to a bad relationship attachment isn’t remedied. you are obviously addicted to it. In order to escape it (for a short time). This will only make you more lonely. it sometimes results in suicide attempts. Here are signs that you are addicted to disruptive and discordant relationships. and sometimes even mentally.who is unattainable and this isn’t something you need to do over and over.
You suffer withdrawal symptoms such as physical discomfort when you start to end the relationship. By knowing this. These reasons aren’t exactly accurate because they aren’t enough to rebut the harmful side effects of the relationship. You give reasons for staying. If these scenarios apply. It is painful for you and the only cure for the pain is to contact the person again. Ask yourself whether you can take full control of your own life. 4. you can take the necessary steps to slowly detach from the destructive relationships. The first step is acknowledging that you are addicted. 3. You feel anxious whenever you think of ending the relationship. Anxiety leads to fear which makes you cling even more. If your answer is no. There are a lot of factors influencing their decisions to stay . chances are you are in an addictive relationship.2. People inflicted with bad relationship addiction often wonder about the basis of the addiction. then you must do something about this as soon as possible.
in a relationship even though it has gone from bad to worse. Acknowledge what you must develop and work on what you deem negative about yourself. Try to find whatever brings you serenity and peace. as well as your shortcomings. impact on the children. 6. 5. disapproval from society and disruption in plans. living quarters. 3. Focus on your own needs and not the needs of others. Bravely facing and handling your problems. Making recovery the most important priority. By doing this. 4. 2. you’ll be more secure and won’t need the help of others. You can overcome bad relationship addiction by: 1. It may be just for 30 minutes but . These include financial issues. Make room for personal improvement. Make time to develop your spirituality. Becoming selfish and focusing on what you need.
7. Be in a circle of people who understand your situation. hardly get any exercise. These mentioned behaviors are bad health and fitness habits. Once you notice that you are becoming involved in that kind of relationship again. This is also when they eat fast food. fight back. 9.it can help you relax. When abused. Health and Fitness Habits Remedy Bad Health and Fitness Habits Adolescence is a persons formulative years. Share what you have experienced and what you’ve learned with others. . 10. If you feel that you’re heading that direction. 8. This is when he or she becomes an adult. smoke cigarettes and try drugs. have the tendency to be obese. If you feel that you can’t do it alone. Turn to a friend who can empathize. turn the other way. get professional help.
Remember to keep your sugar intake low. As tempting as it may sound. If your favorite is potato chips. If they don’t change. studies show that more and more adolescents are going though this downward spiral. Poor diet. then you have to get over your food obsession as difficult as it may be. some diets aren’t the way to go. You may have small meals during the day as long as you balance it with the right amount of carbohydrates. They also seek the help of their friends or a support group to help you through out this transition. When this goes on into adulthood.these may lead to death. 1. Hormones and nerve chemicals go awry during the quick weight-loss sessions. don’t . You can do this by controlling yourself. In the United States. Overeating If you are a compulsive eater and you find it hard to stop once you start. Some do it by cutting back to normal portions. alcohol consumption and physical inactivity start during the teenage years. fat and protein. Let go of your trigger foods. This only results in binge-eating. tobacco use. it is definitely harmful. then they will only cause themselves harm in the future.
lighters and ash trays in your home. friends or other people who are also trying to quit will help you get through your cold turkey phase. car and office. Don’t buy groceries when you’re hungry.buy them. 3. You can take a hot bath instead. You should find another habit whenever you feel stressed. It also helps to have a support group. Just get up and do it. No Exercise If you keep on hitting the snooze button early in the morning and you don’t get up and do your morning walk. . You also shouldn’t let people smoke around you. Family. Change your environment by getting rid of cigarettes. you shouldn’t ever pick them up again. change it. You have to learn how to control yourself. Once you stop. Also remember how good you look and how much better you feel if you monitor your weight. read a book or exercise. If it means changing your routine. Smoking You have to set a date when you want to completely quit. 2. stop.
then you should do your very best to control it.Tell yourself that ten to fifteen minutes of exercise is enough. You can also keep records. If you watched Leonardo DiCaprio in The Basketball Diaries. have a toned body. You can make a list of reasons why you have to exercise as much as you can. Write down the number of minutes and the kinds of exercise you’ve engaged in every day. Some believe that drug intake can be lessened if the food you eat is also changed. But basically you have to control the urges. Set some goals and be amazed with the results. If you feel that you have more time to spare for exercise. Keep a total for a month and look at it. or lose weight. do so. Drug intake goes hand-in-hand with nutritional balance. drug addiction is also lessened. If you get the urge to pop a pill. Drug Addiction Studies show that by changing ones diet. 4. Keep this list and keep looking at it because this will be your motivation whenever you don’t feel like exercising. It could be to get healthy. that is the normal withdrawal symptoms .
they think that there will always . All these are possible just as long as the individual is strong and tough enough to keep themselves from doing these habits all over again. But with the proper guidance and the right support. The problem with gambling is that whenever people get lucky and score big. Habits are hard to break but once they realize that these have negative side effects. you can stop taking drugs. Gambling .for any drug addict. the lawyer brought up his addiction. It isn’t really about the winning or losing. When he was called to testify on a case. Gambling was meant to be just for fun. then it will be easier for them to just stop. Gambling can be negative because it is a self-destructive habit. It is a form of entertainment like watching your favorite TV show or catching the latest release at the cinema or playing video games. Gary Dourdan is an investigative crime reporter who has a history of gambling.Another Self Destructive Habit Gambling is a Self-Destructive Habit In CSI.
just like the lottery. sports. Casinos usually offer a wide array of games for your entertainment. sex. Gambling is just like any addiction such as alcohol. then its better that you don’t do it in the first place. If you feel that it has a negative effect on you. then it definitely is an addiction which you need to remedy as soon as possible. If you feel that you are getting too much of it then it is probably an addiction.be the chance of getting lucky again. If you are gambling because you feel that will make your financial situation better. chocolate. then you have to know that is the first sign of a gambling addiction. The reality is that they tend to lose more just to get that jackpot the second time around. There is the possibility that you might score the jackpot but in reality that is a small chance. Eva Longorias' mother-in-law has a gambling problem. Eva wanted some alone- . You should play the games just because you want to have fun and relax. drugs. If you are the kind of person who can’t restrain from temptations. nicotine. Anyone is prone to addiction. Take for example what happened in Desperate Housewives. But those who are susceptible are those who are more likely to get hooked. Anything can be an addiction.
Eva got her alone time. What she did was leave her at a casino. . 4. You try to win your money back by chasing your losses. 3. Here is what you can do to remedy it. Here are the warning signs that you have a gambling problem: 1. You don’t tell other people that you are hiding to the casino.time by herself but the mother-in-law kept on hounding her and hounding her. The first step in recovery is to acknowledge that you are addicted. 6. 5. You spend a lot of money gambling. If these points apply to you then chances are you have a gambling problem. Your gambling interferes with your time for family and friends. Your gambling gets in the way of work and other productive activities. 2. You spend a lot of time gambling. You lie and tell them you are going someplace else.
you have to make sure that you don’t go back to those casinos and start playing again. If you can’t remedy your gambling problem yourself. Go to every casino you’ve played in and tell them to close your account. It could be sports like tennis.1. just make sure that it will not lead you back to the casino again. It could be staying home and building model ships. Think of it as a new life and you are cutting off from your old one. the first step you should take is to stop feeling that way. basketball or golf. it is best that you seek professional help. Tell your friends and your business contacts your new email. You have to replace the destructive habit of gambling with a constructive one. You also need to have confidence that . You have to believe in yourself to be able to quit gambling. 4. Start anew with your email. Start a new hobby. If you feel that it is impossible to remedy your gambling addiction. Whatever works for you. 3. 2. This can be online or offline. The very minute you close your account.
Sloth is laziness. You have to realize the consequences of your lazy behavior. The root of . Is Laziness a Habit Remedy the Laziness Habit Sloth is one of the seven capital sins. What’s not normal is if we slack off most of the time. then this could also affect your boss because chances are somebody also assigned him to submit the article you wrote which he will have to edit at a specific time. Sometimes laziness is triggered by other activities. We all have our lazy days. Lets say you are a writer and you have a deadline. If you don’t submit the article at the time imposed. browsing through forum boards. That’s normal. It can creep up on anyone. Take for example. don’t believe that it can’t be done. As much as possible. Eventually. everything will come crashing down.you can restrain from the temptation. you’ll be so engrossed with what you are doing that the next thing you know the hours have flown by and you’ve spent it just flipping from one site to another instead of finishing the job you were supposed to. Your delay could also delay him. The minute there is self-doubt.
Here are some situations where you may find yourself lazy and the remedies you can use: 1. Yes. You feel lazy about doing it. You have to think how spic and span your place will look with clean floors. 2. the actress. When asked how she did it. Take for example Natalie Portman. You have to commit to whatever you are doing. the more time I slacked off. she was taking Psychology classes from Harvard University. she answered by saying that the more work she had to get done.your delay is your laziness. The less busy I was. the more productive she was. you tend to be too lazy. If you have little interest in getting work done. its your turn to mop the floor. she graduated with honors. She not only became one of the most respected and bankable actresses in Hollywood. While she was filming movies. For example. 3. If you are determined to get the work done and you understand the whole point of the action. If you have too many vacation days. then you will dedicate yourself to finishing. you have to think of why you have to get the work done. .
you have to find something exciting about what you are doing so . you have to be efficient in handling your hours. You do a task. Therefore. just make sure that you are committed to whatever you are doing. Here’s another bad habit which leads to laziness. Maximize your time. If you are one of the gifted few who can multi-task.The lack of loyalty and commitment to any action results to slacking off. do you take on a next task. get distracted and don’t finish. you are only wasting your time and that of others. finish it. you will look around and see those half-baked tasks all around you. 4. The minute you feel that you’re doing something monotonous. Sooner or later. 6. You delayed it for so long that you don’t know where to pick up because you can’t remember where you left off. the more work you can finish in the span of a whole day. Only after finishing it. 5. the minute you are assigned a task. If you work slowly. even when you are doing more than one thing at a time. If you want to be productive. The more work you get done in an hour.
You have to find something of interest to you in the task assigned so it will be easier for you to finish. Know your limitations.you won’t feel lazy finishing. 8. Therefore. You have to think of the bigger picture. You have to resist the temptation to browse through fun sites when your boss has specifically assigned you to research on a topic. you have to learn how to work hard and to play hard. In that way being productive and being lazy (from time to time) is balanced. you have to snap out of it. we get to a point where we feel that we exerted all our efforts then begin taking things easy which results to becoming lazy. If you’re bored. Its alright to be distracted but know that you have to snap out of it especially if there’s work staring right at you. When You Need Help . When this happens. 7. We tend to push ourselves too much.
The problem is that sometimes there is no one left to talk to and you can’t afford a psychiatrist. Then there are those that promise the reader too much like. What you can afford though is a book. Make Yourself Happy and Life Without Limits: Conquer Your Fears. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Awaken the Giant Within. Achieve Your Dreams. These are chicken Soup for the Soul. There are millions of self-help books available for anyone who is in need of the enlightened word. It tackles various topics so if you are in need of anything.Help Yourself When You Need Help No man is an island so the old adage goes. Some of them have made it to other parts of the globe . Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. the Atkins Diet Revolution and Overcoming Angers. There are some titles that are out there such as. all you have to do is flip through the self-help section and chances are. you’ll find what you are looking for. There are so many titles to choose from and we are just talking about here in the United States. There are those that aren’t that direct but they at least give you a preview of what you’ll be reading if you purchase the books.
is an author-turned-TV talk show host. Then there’s Laura Schlesinger who was propelled into popularity because of her work The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands’. In fact. Take for example Phil McGraw. Every year. slimmer. whose self help-books include Self Matters. there were self-help books way before we were even aware of it. Anthony Robbins Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within has sparked an international following. Self-help books have become part of American culture. In fact.and were even translated to accommodate the nationalities there. calmer. the most popular self-help authors gained celebrity status that is similar to actors and athletes. They are optimistic. Sex and the City. more attractive and richer. a million Americans buy self-help books in order for them to be smarter. Despite the differences of our race. There was an episode where Kristin Davis wanted to get a self-help book but she was too shy to buy it personally so she bought it online instead. Take for example. some popular TV shows have referred to them. If you think about it. Benjamin Franklins Poor Richards Almanac would have made the New York Times Bestseller List with his “a penny saved is a penny earned” . these self-help book titles have so much in common. they speak directly and clearly to the reader and they provide the reader the steps he or she needs to lead a fuller life.
you’ll find yourself back up and on your feet once more. Some self-help books discuss ways to challenge loneliness. Just go to your bookstore and grab a copy of a self-help book. Sooner or later. depression or . Skeptics and satirists rebut the primary goal of self-help books saying that these merely repeat what our parents taught us and that the authors are merely banking on the desperation of the readers.” These are sentiments most self-help books contain in their pages nowadays. American individualism is best reflected with pull yourself up by your bootstraps. it doesn’t meant that you’ll give up eventually. But there are the optimists who believe that the words they read from the book give them the personal empowerment that they need in order to survive the daily battles they face. Historians say that self-help books began in the late 1940s when Dale Carnegie came out with How to Win Friends and Influence People.and “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy. Just because nobody is around to pick you up. Others claim that it started during the late 60s and early 70s with the Games People Play which served as a social and political guide book for Political Scientists. wealthy and wise.
You will be amazed on the limitless options you can get when searching for the self-help book you need. Girls are guided during their transition to womanhood. . There is so much more. Teachers are taught how to be more productive in the classrooms. Boys are advised how to handle the class bully.obesity. Others advise families how to cope with divorce or death.
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