Breaking Unhealthy Habits to Make a Happier, Better, You

Some habits are great. Whether that’s double-checking your doors are locked before you go to work, or always washing your hands before eating; healthy habits can benefit your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. However, they aren’t all so useful and they can be difficult to change, but with a bit of time and patience, it is possible.

Unhealthy habits are those that interfere with your lifestyle for the worse, even when we may already know better. We all have them, but only you can decide which need to be changed. Once you have taken the first step to identify these, here are some steps to overcome these and improve yourself…

Ask yourself, why?

There will always be an underlying reason for your habits; they are there to serve you. We often use them as a crutch to help with life. Start by discovering the basis of them and face the challenge head-on instead of hiding behind your comfort blanket.


Stop making excuses

Unhealthy habits make our brains work on default, even if we are aware, they aren’t benefiting us. Acknowledging your own subjective habits is the first step towards making a change, but this needs to be reinforced throughout. The change itself may create stress or anxiety (it’s only normal when taking away a support system), but always remember why you are doing this and keep the goal of a better self in mind. But if you’re reading this, chances are you’re moving in the right direction. So, congratulations – you’re doing great!


Don’t rush!

Many studies have shown that it can take four to six weeks to fully replace a habit. Considering you are reprogramming neural pathways and shifting thoughts this isn’t that long, but it can feel like it. Change won’t just come overnight. Be consistent and committed – remember you can do it!


Prepare for slip-ups

The bundle of nerves in your brain may not get it first try, and that is okay. Maintain positive self-talk and self-motivation, but remember not to let this get in the way of being honest with yourself about these habits. Falters in the journey are motivators, not failures.

In time, the change will become the default and your unhealthy habit will be in the past. I understand that this feels difficult now but with time, self-love and honesty, you can shift those habits to lead to overall self-improvement.


If you would like to explore healthier habits and managing mental health, you can find my book Ten to Zen here. In addition, support for mood and well-being can be found in my book Ten Times Happier here.

Take care, look after yourself and I’ll speak to you soon.


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Breaking negative habits with Owen O'Kane