Unwanted habits are susceptible to some simple tricks, says PsyBlog, reviewing a new study. Something you want to stop doing? Try:
- Vigilant monitoring: watching out for slip-ups and saying “Don’t do it!” to yourself.
- Distraction: trying to think about something else.
- Stimulus control: removing the opportunity to perform the habit, say by leaving the bar, fast-food restaurant or electronics store.
Posted by Will Baum, LCSW