by Sydney King, Staff Reporter, Photographer

We all have at least one bad habit, rather that it sleeping with you mouth open, biting your tongue, or maybe biting your nails. But have you ever wondered how you can stop this bad habit?

Become aware of your habit

When you try to ignore your bad habit it may seem like a great way to get rid of it, but really that’s the opposite thing that you should do. To break your habit you should be aware of what you’re doing in the first place. You should take notes when you are doing the bad habit; collect data. But not only are you writing down information about your habit, but you are tracking your habit. So you are reducing ways for you to stop.

Stop focusing on what you’re not going to do

Some people tend to focus on what they are not going to do, which only worsens your chances of ending your bad habit. Instead, you should frame your goals based off of things you’re going to do.

Be your own opposing counsel

Spend some time going through the moments. maybe even seconds before you participate in a bad habit. Some people may make a huge difference if they focus on those thoughts pretty closely, by simply taking time to think or report the information. Think about if you are able to call yourself out and be able to hold yourself responsible when it will happen again.

Think positive but not too positive

Positive thinking is good at times, but not all the time. Being too cheerful about your bad habit is only going to make things much worse than they already are. This makes it only worse because you’re going to get too comfortable with your habit, and you’ll end up doing that habit. You should figure out all the possibilities that can go wrong, so you can make change.

These are all ways you can prevent yourself from putting your bad habit to action.