A new habit of quitting bad habits...
Last week I was having a conversation with a client about her bad habits and how she wishes she could quit them. I shared with her that I was a non smoker for 10 years now and I haven't had a drink since November 2022.
She was impressed and wanted to know how I did it. So I told her my story of being diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2013. I hated it at first and I tried to protest it... Why? Because I had no choice but to stop eating wheat and gluten as it was making me ill. So of course it was a very hard time adjusting
because I thought of it as a punishment and as a diet...
During this time I read Louise L. Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life. This book touched on addictions and smoking was definitely one of mine that I very much wanted to quit. So as I read the book it had helped me to make the decision of actually WANTING TO, and not NEEDING TO stop smoking. It was MY decision. But the how was a bit unclear and all the previous times when I tried to quit before, this is where I felt overwhelmed and basically I gave up, declaring that " I can't do it" !
This time I decided that I would only focus on one step at the time, rather than the whole staircase. So I made a mantra for myself "Today, I make healthy choices" before I knew it a month went by, and now I am 10 years smoke free. I applied the same technique last November about alcohol, too, and I am now almost a year in and I still not wanted or had a drink.
I never made these decisions a forever decision, because that can be overwhelming. I just take each day as it comes and I say every day, that today, I make healthy choices for myself.
So to succeed with quitting your bad habits, you need the following:
Motive (the book made me understand why I want to stop smoking)
Remove the pressure ( focusing on one day at the time)
Remember your why ( why did you decide to want to stop)
New habits (daily mantra " Today, I make healthy decisions")
Work on your mindset ( it is not a punishment if you decide to do it)
I realised that the coeliac lifestyle is exactly what it was, rather than calling it a diet. Diets don't work, because you have a belief that at some point you can just stop, and return to your old ways. Eating healthy should not be a diet, it should be your lifestyle.
So, my client enjoyed our chat and realised what a clever little way it was to focus on the here and now, and not to set unrealistic expectations, that could cause overwhelm and failure.
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