Habits are formed when you do something over and over again, which is great if you want them. The problem is when you end up with a bad habit because you start repeating a behaviour you don't want without necessarily realising it. If you want to get rid of this problematic mannerism, the first thing you need to do is figure out its trigger so you're aware.
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Self-improvement blog Pick the Brain believes that every bad habit has a cue that falls into one of the following five categories:
- Emotional state
- Other people
- An immediately preceding action
Every time you engage in the same bad habit, make a note of those five things. When you start to see similarities, you'll learn what's triggering the habit and you can take the necessary steps to solve it.
5 Ways to Change a Habit [Pick the Brain]