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codequaza

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Hi all

I have a few addictions which I would like to stop like sugar and other stuff I don't want to mention. It affects my mindset and my health.
First I do/use that bad thing and then afterwards I say, that tomorrow I won't do it anymore.
Tomorrow I will say that this is my last day and this cycle will repeat itself and I fall back into the bad habits.
Sometimes I didn't do it for two days or so and then I still got back into the old habit.
Does someone have a detailed process on how to eliminate it long term? Not only for a short amount.

Thanks for your answers
 

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bmarketguy

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As much as I agree with the video attached by @sparechange, and I honestly think it's the best advise possible. Yo

there are a lot of methods that can be used but ultimately it comes down to be committed to stopping and your own discipline.

One thing that can work well is making your habits more more difficult and less pleasurable and at the same time making the 'healthier alternative' easier. For example: Take all the sugar and sweets out of your house and fill your fridge with veggies and a hummus you like or some other healthy snacks. This way when you are craving sugar you have to go far out of your way to get some.

You can do the same thing with your other habits you don't want to mention. If it's going to naughty webpages you can add some sort of parental control on your computer. OR starting a good workout routine and keeping busy during the day. This will give you better sleep and be more prone being healthier in general.

Be discipline/ get on a routine/ stay busy

idle hands are the devils workshop

good luck!
 

Actionfaker

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Hi all

I have a few addictions which I would like to stop like sugar and other stuff I don't want to mention. It affects my mindset and my health.
First I do/use that bad thing and then afterwards I say, that tomorrow I won't do it anymore.
Tomorrow I will say that this is my last day and this cycle will repeat itself and I fall back into the bad habits.
Sometimes I didn't do it for two days or so and then I still got back into the old habit.
Does someone have a detailed process on how to eliminate it long term? Not only for a short amount.

Thanks for your answers
Hi,

Obviously, if it's really bad and you don't think you're going to get out of it on your own, get help.. If that isn't the case, like bmarketguy said, staying busy doing good things is a smart approach so you won't have much time to think about doing things you don't want to do.
I'd suggest 75hard, it's a challenge that helps you become stronger mentally and there's some good threads about it on this forum.

Also, there's a practically unlimited amount of motivational content out there that can help you with this (varying in quality), but indeed at the end of the day it will be on you to actually do the things that will improve things. You mentioned you want to quit these things, because they affect your mindset and health: go a bit deeper than that. Most of us do plenty of things which aren't optimal for our mindset/health, find out what really drives you to do better. Do you really wanna eliminate these things permanently or do you want to be in control of them?
What I'm trying to say is, make it very clear for yourself why getting rid of these things will help you, as 'well I might not feel so great for a little while afterwards', probably won't be very empowering to 'just stop it' when you need it most.
 

Tom H.

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If it's just bullshit lack of discipline, then stop being a pussy and start acting like a man.

If you have legit addictions that are beyond your control and making your life unmanageable, talk with someone in a 12 step fellowship.
 

Fer Vera

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Check the book Power of habits by james clear, a lot of useful and practical information, the book teach to built good habits and ignore the bad ones
 

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Take all the sugar and sweets out of your house and fill your fridge with veggies and a hummus you like or some other healthy snacks. This way when you are craving sugar you have to go far out of your way to get some.
That's what I did to overcome my nasty cravings.

The only things in my fridge are eggs, cheese, and vegetables. If I want a cheat meal, I'll need to go out of my way to get it.
 

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That's what I did to overcome my nasty cravings.

The only things in my fridge are eggs, cheese, and vegetables. If I want a cheat meal, I'll need to go out of my way to get it.

Intermiment fasting or pure water fasts can help to !
 

Nick Catricala

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Hi all

I have a few addictions which I would like to stop like sugar and other stuff I don't want to mention. It affects my mindset and my health.
First I do/use that bad thing and then afterwards I say, that tomorrow I won't do it anymore.
Tomorrow I will say that this is my last day and this cycle will repeat itself and I fall back into the bad habits.
Sometimes I didn't do it for two days or so and then I still got back into the old habit.
Does someone have a detailed process on how to eliminate it long term? Not only for a short amount.

Thanks for your answers
Is very simple to quit what you KNOW is not good for you.. it is easy because YOU are the only one who can make it happen... As the video shared by @sparechange show to you.. JUST STOP IT... and if you really want to stop it, YOU WILL. I used that method many years a go to stop smoking and drinking.. I hope you do it right now... what ever it is that is not beneficial to you, STOP IT.
 

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Start small. Set one small goal that is impossible to fail (throw away one candy bar, ask for water next time you want soda). Then set a bigger goal.

I believe Millionaire Fastlane or Unscripted mentions to make your addiction inconvenient.
If you're struggling with eating sugar, remove sugary foods from the house. Attack the problem at the source. When you're at the grocery store, don't let those bad foods into your shopping cart, that way it doesn't have a chance to tempt you at home.

Find your purpose for wanting to stop. If it's for your health, stop and think, is this worth having to deal with the complications later down the road?

Imagine what it will feel like after you stop eating sugary food. Visualize yourself having more energy, feeling cleaner, and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with all of the above.
 

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Hi all

I have a few addictions which I would like to stop like sugar and other stuff I don't want to mention. It affects my mindset and my health.
First I do/use that bad thing and then afterwards I say, that tomorrow I won't do it anymore.
Tomorrow I will say that this is my last day and this cycle will repeat itself and I fall back into the bad habits.
Sometimes I didn't do it for two days or so and then I still got back into the old habit.
Does someone have a detailed process on how to eliminate it long term? Not only for a short amount.

Thanks for your answers
@Tom H. love the most useless comment on here. "YEH JUST STOP BEING A PUSSY DUDE".

Seriously.


Sounds to be something that CBT could be helpful for. Most of the times our behaviour is a coping mechanism or escapim to issues that root from deep inside.

For the sake of sugar removing access to direct sugars and short chain carbohydrates and even considering a ketogenic diet would unhook you of the physiological dependence of sugars. Thats really the only way to stop having cravings. The brain starts to utilize free fatty acids instead of glucose and that in turn has a massiv effect on on the mental side too. But here it really depends what your issue is
 

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I feel your pain man.

Meditation and journaling helps me with breaking out of being on autopilot.

Meditation enables me to silence my thoughts, and see what's actually good for me rather than what I crave right now.

So for example - instead of getting drunk or f'd up on drugs, or binging on harmful content I get to see, that I could actually do something that brings me closer to my goals.

And It's not just a mental acknowledgment kind of thing. Meditation gives me so much clarity I stop wanting to do the harmful stuff on a visceral/emotional level.

Journaling lets me monitor my behavior and see trends, so I can predict which action is going to cause a specific reaction. It enables me to see how lack of sleep, bad food, certain environments, and so on affect my mood, well-being, and productivity so I can avoid putting myself in bad scenarios.

These are not short term solutions, but I bet you can see results in a month if you follow through.
 

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