If you are working on quitting a bad habit, I am going to guess that you will have some sort of craving or longing for that thing you are trying to quit. It’s exciting at first to kind of kick those cravings to the curb, but as time passes, the cravings can even get worse. It’s tempting to think, “Just one ….”
Instead of giving in, turn your temptation into a learning experience. When a craving or longing comes, stop and figure out what triggered the craving. At first, you might not see anything, but after time, you might notice a pattern.
When giving up soda and sugar, I quickly found a trigger. When I was feeling stressed out or overwhelmed with something, my response was to want to reach for that sugary treat. I was kind of surprised by this, although I’m not sure why. I kind of just thought I had a bad habit because, well, we all have a bad habit or two. After a few days and weeks of working on those habits, though, it became very clear that my bad habits had some depth I hadn’t realized.
I can’t promise that every bad habit has a trigger, it’s probably more of the addiction type habits. But, take some time to evaluate if there is a trigger that influences your bad habit. I’ll be paying attention to see if there are things that trigger me wanting to jump online.