According to Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning, you can break ANY habit in three simple steps:
Design your alternative habit.
Since your brain requires habits to function, provide your brain with a new habit. For example: When you have an urge to smoke a cigarette, chew gum instead.
Commit to the new choice.
The habit that you are trying to rid has been around a while; make sure you make a commitment to the new habit. Once we form a habit, our brain develops neural pathways that create cravings or “must have moments” to obtain happiness. Changing an old habit to a new choice requires you to form new neural pathways to happiness. Make sure you take steps in carving the new path! Maybe it would benefit you to take these steps: watch others engage in the new habit, visualize yourself enjoying the new habit, and then start doing the new habit.
Repeat for 45 days.
The neural pathways in the brain can take up to 6 weeks to form consistently with the new habit. It is normal to continue receiving urges to perform the old habit, but it will lessen as you choose the new choice. Continue to redirect your thinking down the new pathway to achieve what you want!
Here is an example of using the three-step method:
Tell us what old habit you would like to transform and the steps you have taken already to start the transformation process! Remember: change is good!