After a night of heavy drinking, we often find ourselves saying: "That was the last time!" However, when the next occasion rolls around, we still end up tempted to accept or pour another beer or glass of wine. It's hard to quit or cut back on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. So, how do you go about it? What's the secret to following through with your best intentions?
People like to set goals for the future – you might want to cut back on your drinking, for example. But it often turns out that changing your behavior isn't as easy as you thought it would be. This is because our behavior generally focusses more strongly on fulfilling our short-term needs. For example, you might have every intention of living a healthier lifestyle – and therefore drinking less alcohol – but the second someone offers you a beer, it's easier to prioritize the short-term enjoyment you'll get from that beer over your long-term goal for a healthier lifestyle.
Changing Your BehaviorDeciding to cut back on cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, or even quit them altogether, is certainly a challenge. Fortunately, thanks to scientific research, we know that it is definitely possible to adopt healthier behavioral patterns. To do this, you need to address these two things: Your thoughts about your behavior (for example, I just can't do this) and your actual behavior (for example, giving up at the first setback). The following tips might help you with this.
Seven Tips for New Behavior
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