Healthy habits play a important role in keeping your happiness afloat, and boosting productivity. From developing a morning and evening routine, to having a checklist at work, habits can improve your overall wellness. So, it may seem perplexing that, in addition to all the ways habits can foster a healthy lifestyle, many of us have certain habits that we'd, well, rather not have to deal with. So how do you break a habit?
Nina Perales, LCSW, founder of Perales Therapy, tells Bustle that, "As human beings, we do things that benefit us in some way. When we build up habits, they probably served us at some point." Perales says, "Even a 'bad' habit is one that has a function — perhaps short-term gratification, even if it leads to long-term suffering." In fact, as Health reported, most of us begin to rely on certain habits — like consuming too much caffeine, or taking long naps — as a way to cope with stress. While no habit in and of itself is good or bad, if you're not happy with the way your habits are working for you, there are ways to break them.
Once you get accustomed to a certain habit that helps you get through your day-to-day stressors, it can be super hard to ditch — even when the cons clear outweigh the pros. Luckily, there are ways to overcome any habit, from biting your nails, to always running late to work: Here are seven expert-approved tips that you can use to literally break any habit that's holding you back.