There’s no such thing as a bad habit

We all have some habits that we would like to change. Perhaps you’re partial to drinking a little more wine than you’d like to. Maybe binging series after series on Netflix is taking up more of your time these days. It could be that eating too much sugar is your vice.

All habits serve a function

Whatever your particular undesired habit is, it’s important to recognise that at some level it serves a purpose. In other words there may very well be a part of you that wants to stop that habit but there is also another part of you that doesn’t.

Your undesired habit serves a function or you wouldn’t do it. It’s as simple as that. You may prefer not to do it and that’s fine. However the more that we recognise that we are made up of competing drives and motivations the more we can begin to understand and make sense of our behaviour. This way of looking at undesired habits allows us to explore the reward or pay off that we receive from engaging in them.

The best way to break undesired habits

Khody Damestani, co-founder of mental fitness company, Mymindpal has the following advice.

“Stress is not just something that we feel in our minds and bodies, it is revealed in our behaviour and habits as well. Using will power to try to break habits is a flawed concept that doesn’t take into account the function that the habit serves. Most unwanted habits are really ways of managing stress and discomfort.

A more effective approach to change an unhelpful habit is simply to replace it with a relaxation exercise of some kind. Ideally go outdoors or find a quiet place and If that’s not an option we have plenty to choose from in our mental fitness app.”