Bad habits don’t necessarily make you feel good, but you just can’t help doing them. You may just be slightly bored or insecure, and just need something to twiddle around with to occupy yourself. These bad habits are like a security blanket, always there when you need them, and it’s comforting, so you can probably see why they are so hard to break. Be forewarned, though, that by breaking one habit, you might just end up replacing it with another bad habit, which is a total downfall but Give it a shot and see what happens.
The problem with bad habits is that in front of well mannered, civilized people, it is very rude, and just does not look good at all. Most people who despise bad habits, are the ones with guilt complexes about doing it themselves, and when they see you do it openly, they feel as if you are getting away with something that they never could get away with.
But how do we actually deal with these annoying, and disgusting habits of ours? How do we just give up these bad habits for good? Here are some examples of bad habits, and ways to break them, but first we’ll start with just some general distraction tecniques.
General Distraction Tecniques:
Announce it to the world, get it out in the open and tell all of your friends, especially those you see the most, of your bad habits that you are trying to break. If they catch you in the act of performing your bad habit, give them permission to give you hell for it.
Another great distraction tecnique is for you to just keep your hands busy. Try writing a letter, playing a game with your hands, or maybe typing on the computer. You don’t necessarily have to use these specific techniques, but just make sure that you keep your hands busy doing something other than your habit.
Verbal Tics and Conversational Padding:
Verbal tics can be very annoying because it signifies limited vocabulary. Someone who abbreviates a word, and says it half- assed like saying Y’all, instead of You all, or someone who quotes TV shows or cartoons all the time, such as The Simpsons, is not going to be taken very seriously,because it’s obvious they are limiting their vocabulary, and talking like a 5 year old child.
Some other bad habits and tips on how to break them are…
Cracking Your Knuckles:
My best friend cracks her knuckles all of the time, and it get on my last nerve! The sound just gives me the chills. To break this awful habit, try wearing something on your hands, such as gloves, or you can even try wrapping an Ace Bandage around your hand and see if that works at all. You can also try thinking to yourself that if you keep on cracking your knuckles, you might end up with Arthritis, or some other form of joint problems down the road.
I must admit, this is one of MY bad habits. I have a tendency to keep arguing, even though I know that I am completely wrong. I really have no idea why, but I just do.I have learned to at least sit and listen to the other person’s opinion, and think it through thouroughly, before I form an opinion of my own. If you happen to have a friend that is contradictory, here are a few things that you can try to break them of this habit. You can switch off, and act like you never heard anything at all, that has just been said, dont talk to him/her, or,pretend to hold the opposite point of view that you actually do, and then listen to them defend what you actaully agree with…pretty sneaky isn’t it?
Giving up Smoking:
This is another one of my habits that I have dealt with for years. It is a disgusting habit, and I have tried to quit many times…The last time I tried was two years ago. I tried to gradually cut down the amout of cigarettes I smoked a day. At first, I did pretty well, got down to 10 cigarettes a day, or less. That is, until I met my fiance, who is a smoker, so that idea went down the tubes really fast. Pneumonia and Bronchitis can also give you a big shove to quit smoking and stick to it. Other things that you can try to quit are chewing gum, sucking on some hard candy, and keeping your hands busy doing something so that you can forget about having a smoke and make it easier on yourself.
Smelling Your Hair:
Yet again, this is one of my lingering habits that I’ve had since I was a little kid. I don’t have any idea why I do it, maybe I just like the smell or something?? Well, the only solutions that I have tried, that actually work are putting up my hair so I can’t reach for it and pull it to my nose, or just going to an extreme and cutting it so short that I can’t even see my hair unless I look in a mirror.Trust me…These ones do work!
This is a habit that I notice alot of people have. I grew up in a family where all I heard was swear words, and I have thought of some ways to help stop swearing. You can try writing it down everytime you swear, so that you make a concious effort and actually see the amount of times that you swear each day. You can put a rubber band around your wrist and everytime you swear, take the rubber band and pull it back so it comes back at you and hits your skin. Now everytime you do that, you associate swearing with pain. And last, but not least, you can make up funny and bizarre phrases or words to replace the swear word. Alot of people will find the words amusing, and you will be laughing so much that you might even forget what you were swearing about. Also, if you are going to do it this way, be careful of the way you say it, because children can pick up the tone of your voice, and put two and two together and realize that you are trying to cover up a swear word.
Oh, what a wonderful habit…NOT! in fact it is very gross! So I’ve got a few tips for you to stop being a booger miner. Put your nose pickings in the bin, instead of under a desk or a chair. Imagine putting your hand underneath a desk only to pull it out and find it covered in snot…Yuck! Be considerate and put yourself in someone elses shoes, and imagine YOU are the one to have snot all over your hand. Always carry a tissure or hanky around with you, so that if you need to get some junk out of your nose, you can be polite about it, and at least wipe your nose and/or fingers on the tissue…If you absolutely have to pick your nose, do it in private! Go into the bathroom or something, nobody needs to see that! Wear gloves, or grow fingernails. You can’t pick your nose with either one of those…
Overusing the LOL phrase on a PC messenger like MSN or Yahoo(I just had to stick this in)!:
I do this alot! It is one of my favorite phrases to use, and overuse. One of my friends is always telling me that I use LOL too much, especially today. I can’t really think of any other ways to break this habit other than just making a concious effort NOT to use it, or having that certain friend( you know who you are), give me hell for it….LOL, sorry, I couldn’t resist!
And the last bad habit I am going to help you with is Farting:
Now, in my opinion, there is really no way to completely stop doing this, its a bodily function, and everyone does it, so the only option I have for everyone is just to run to the bathroom, or some other room where you are alone, and let go there. This way, even if people still heard you fart, at least you wont suffocate them with the rancid smell!
Well, there you have it, some of the worst habits, and ways to break them. Unfortunately, there will always be bad habits in this world, but you just have to be smart enough not to pick them up anymore…and if you do…remember these tips!