Any thoughts or ideas on breaking bad habbits. One major fault I have is a tendency to have a few too many beers which causes me to miss training more frequently than I would like to admit. I find this a very tough one to break.
I have a bad habit! I check my phone every 5 minutes. If 5 minutes goes by and I don’t check it, I get anxious. Its completely ridiculous, because nothing new happens every 5 minutes on my phone. I wake up in the middle of night sometimes to check it. I feel stupid but I am acting like an addict with it. I use it for work as well.
I have seen Mark’s advice about replacing your current bad habit with a new, good habit, instead of beating yourself up about doing the bad habit. Any suggestions of something I can replace this with? Or maybe just other advice on how to break it.
There is a book I bought recently called The Power of Habit – why we do what we do and how to change. Author is Charles Duhigg. Some interesting material and simple little model to use around analysing the habit, reward and cue which triggers it. Essentially you need a way to break the loop between the cue and reward. Too complex for a brief post unfortunately.
That is not a cut and dry situation. What I do know is that you do not want to drink or exercise at least an hour before bed. I also take melatonin if I have an issue with sleep but only on a second night. I try not to mess with mother nature as much as possible. n the other hand,I have read a few articles that support better results from 3-5 pm workouts.