Atomic Habits: 4 Ideal Ways of Breaking a Habit

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Humans are creatures of habit. They tend to pick up a good or bad habit and stick to it. Some good practices, such as cleaning up before you sleep, help build your character. It also helps you stay organized and abreast of things.

Some habits can be detrimental to your health, such as smoking. At the same time, others may be nasty or affect your productivity, such as biting your fingernails or downing liquor every day. However, bad habits tend to take the most from you.

A habit gradually becomes a part of you without much realization. If you are struggling to drop a particular habit, this article will give you ideal ways to set you on the path for recovery.

Understand Your Triggers

Subconsciously, you may pick up a habit after a specific trigger. You may not realize what it is until you take some time to analyze your patterns. Some people claim that drinking alcohol fuels their urge to smoke. Others may claim that being nervous or anxious leads to chewing their nails.

 By identifying your triggers, you are getting ahead of the problem. If you can control your trigger, you can manage your habit. For instance, when anxious, instead of biting your nails, you can take a walk or exercise to release the tension. If you smoke when you drink, it is best to avoid drinking.

When understanding your triggers, it is best to note when the habit happens, what time it takes place, and whether other people are involved. You may have to make certain lifestyle adjustments to cut your patterns.

External Support

Sometimes the high road is the right road. In this case, if you struggle to control your habit by yourself, it may be time you consider joining a recovery institution. For example, visiting an addiction center will walk you through the necessary steps to cut your addiction.

In addition, they will provide medical care if you exhibit withdrawal symptoms. All you need to do is voluntarily commit yourself to the institution.

Friend Support

Forming a habit is easy, but breaking a habit can be pretty challenging. It helps to enlist the support of a friend to help you cut off some patterns. If you have a friend struggling with a similar habit, it is best to make a pact to journey the quitting path together.

Having a friend helps in providing motivation and encouragement. If you veer off the path back to your habit, your friend can help you get back on track.

You can also read various literary works that talk of breaking habits. James Clear’s best-selling novel, “Atomic Habits,” continues to top-five bestseller lists in America. The book provides concise step-by-step ways for breaking a habit. For two consecutive months, the book was on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Be Ready for a Relapse

It is normal to experience a relapse as you cut off your bad habits. It is prudent to acknowledge these relapses and get back on track after they happen. A mistake becomes a mistake once you repeat it.

It would help if you visualized breaking free from the habit vehemently. In case of a relapse, you don’t have to beat yourself up about it. Instead, remind yourself why you need to quit the habit and get back on track.


A habit takes approximately 21 days to form. You can leverage this by replacing your old habit with a new habit. Commit yourself to a fresh and healthy practice such as cycling. This will help reduce the urge to give in to your habit.

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Food For Thought: 7 Nutrition-Based Business Ideas

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A growing number of people are taking steps to improve their diet, which has resulted in a growing need for nutrition-based businesses. If you’ve got nutrition-based qualifications or have simply been looking to get into the industry, why not try one of these business ideas? 

Become a nutrition coach

As a nutrition coach, you get to personally guide people on how to improve their diet. This could involve doing group seminars or group sessions, or it could involve creating personalised diet plans for individual clients. You could focus on healthy eating or you could try working with clients that require unique dietary requirements due to health conditions (such as diabetes, allergies and deficiencies). Many nutrition coaches work with clients in-person, however there are also many online nutrition coaches – work out what is the most effective way to attract clients for you.

Build a meal-planning app

If you have an interest in app technology, you could consider creating your own meal-planning app. These apps have become very popular, allowing people to easily track and plan meals around their specific nutritional needs. The meal-planning app market is already very competitive, so you’ll want to do your research to see what apps are already out there. You can hire an app development company to create and maintain the app for you and then pour your energy into promoting it. 

Create your own healthy food products

You could also look into creating your own healthy food products. This could be anything from healthy microwave meals to low-calorie candy. You could even try creating food products aimed at specific dietary requirements such as gluten-free or vegan – this market is very big and is constantly expanding. 

Launch a supplement line

More people are taking supplements to help them meet their daily nutritional needs. Consider whether a supplement line could be a business worth looking into. Once you’ve designed your supplement, you can outsource a softgel manufacturer to manufacture it for you. You can then focus on promoting your supplement, which could involve selling it online and approaching retailers. 

Start a nutrition blog

A lot of people read blogs for nutritional advice. It’s possible to make money from a blog by accepting sponsored content and generating ad revenue. This requires you to first build a decent readership. Start by simply running a blog as a hobby and see if you can build it from there. A nutrition vlog could be another option.

Write a nutrition book

You could even consider selling a nutrition-themed book. This could be a recipe book or a general informational guide to a certain topic related to nutrition. Your book could solely be an e-book or you could try selling a paperback version. Consider self-publishing as a way of saving money.

Combine nutrition and fitnessMany people are looking for ways to improve both their nutrition and fitness. If you also know a thing or two about general fitness, you could appeal to these joint needs by starting a nutrition and fitness business. This could include becoming a personal trainer and nutritionist or creating an app that allows people to plan meals and workouts to meet their health goals.

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