How to Overcome Habits

The information in this blog post is summarized from a Healthline article called How to Break a Habit (and Make It Stick)



The article starts off by explaining how a habit starts using the idea of the 3 Rs

  • Reminder- this is a trigger or cue that causes you to “do” the habit
  • Routine – This is an actual behavior that is connected to the trigger. You continuously do something in a set pattern and it becomes a habit.
  • Reward – The reward that you receive, mentally or physically, from doing the habit is what makes you keep doing it.


The article then goes into the steps of overcoming the habit.

  1. Identify your Triggers
  2. Focus on why you want to change
  3. Enlist a friends support
  4. Practice mindfulness
  5. Replace the habit with a different one
  6. Leave yourself reminders
  7. Prepare for slipups
  8. Do not have an all or nothing mindset
  9. Start small
  10. Change your environment
  11. Visualize yourself breaking the habit
  12. Practice Self Care
  13. Motive yourself with rewards
  14. Give it Time
  15. Know you don’t have to do it alone

You can refer to the article above for a more elaborate explanation of all of the steps!!

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