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Bad habits stay with you long after they've outlived their usefulness. For example, in a stressful situation, say, before a job interview, you bite your nails to help you relax. Then for the next, say, 74 years, you continue to bite your nails in any situation that has even the smallest amount of stress. Bad habits hold on, sunk in like iron ore, and it can take every pound of willpower to break them.

Sometimes, hearing other people breaking their own bad habits can be enough to push you in the right direction.


Reddit user, u/twilitreyn, wanted to know how we're all getting a little better when they asked:

What's a bad habit that you've recently stopped?

Every Day Is Another Day Stronger

Quit smoking cigarettes like 16 days ago

portra400porno

Well done! I'm hitting 15 this year. Just remember - you can NEVER go back. Not even one. It's a little depressing, but even one will send you back. I still dream about it occasionally, but I know even one drag will end it for me. You got this.

chesarahsarah

Is There Anything Better Than Leaving Early?

I'm allowing more time to get to appointments so that I'm there a little early and relaxed, rather than cutting it too close.

Back2Bach

You know what? This might not be noticed by too many others, but I want to say Good for you! Little changes like that can make your life so much easier. Give yourself extra time to get places, make your bed when you get up, choose your clothes for tomorrow the night before. That's he start. Then automatic bill pay and automatic retirement investing. Pretty soon, you feel this good sense of control in your life and just more peace in your days.

DailyTacoBreak

Taurine And Caffeine and Anxiety

I've probably drank thousands of energy drinks. I'm around 1 month off of them now.

MarshallAlex919

Little did you realize, that water was the greatest energy drink of them all.

CoraxtheRavenLord

Saying Hello to The Morning Sun

Going to bed at like 3-4am and waking up at 1PM, now I go to bed at 11pm and wake up at 8am. I feel alot better now since doing it.

Batoli

Any tips friend?

hyjinx_97

Decide what time you want to get up and set your alarm, for every day. Even your days off, at first. Pick a bedtime 8.5 hours before your wake up time and start planning your evening around it. Get off screens in advance of your bedtime and don't take them to bed with you.

If you can't fall asleep in bed, get up and go into the other room and sit in the dark. Breathe deeply, don't read or look at screens. You can do mindfulness meditation at this time too. [Don't associate your bed unconsciously with restlessness. Only with relaxing sleep].

Then after about fifteen minutes of relaxing in another dark room, get back into bed. Repeat as often as required. Get up at your wake up time even if you got less than optimal sleep time / quality. You may struggle a bit in the early days.

I go to bed at 8pm and get up at 4am. I then have a coffee and once I'm awake, I do a cardio workout (three days a week). If I don't adhere to my bedtime, I still get up at the same time and do the workout anyway. Don't push your wake up time back to suit your bedtime slippage, you'll just lose all discipline.

I had hideous sleep problems until I did the above to clean the slate. I've relapsed in the past but then repeated the set up work and sorted it out.

bacon-n-eggies

So Easy To Forget

I have brushed my teeth every morning and night for the past 2 weeks now.

First time in many years

Take care of your damn teeth kids.

yaxxy

Bulk > Individual

Unnecessary spending. Very underrated bad habit.

thxxx1337

For sure. I don't even want to know how much I've wasted on snacks and fast food in the last couple months

HelloThereGorgeous

You should. It will really help you realize how bad it is, and how much you need it to stop.

I think in November or October I spent like 1300$ on fast food alone that month. Was a bit of a wake up call financially and for my health as well.

ggwp_0001

Clickety-Clacks

This is pretty ridiculous, but I've stopped biting my nails.

It's nice to have long nails.

YoureTriple

I've been biting my nails for 18 years and just stopped a week ago, that's what inspired me to make this post. Congrats from one nail biter to another! :-)

twilitreyn

The Ecstasy Of Actual Memory

Binge-Drinking. I'm 30 Days sober.

Went to a Mardi Gras party last weekend. Lots of beer and wine available. Learned the Cajun two-step, made new friends, drank Ginger Ale. Had a great time and woke up able to remember the whole night and feeling fine in the morning.

Mumster

Might Of Words

I stopped putting myself down mentally.

instead of saying of course the floor on my side of the bed is messy i'm [a] slob i tell myself it is really unlike me because i'm so tidy.

instead of telling myself of course a friend cancelled on me because i suck to talk to i tell myself it will be even better when i see them next because we will have more to talk about.

instead of telling myself i have nothing to contribute to a work conversation i tell myself i have amazing ideas others would love to hear.

instead of telling myself i've gotten fat and my partner won't want to have sex with me i tell myself i'm the best lay he's ever had.

NebulaMammal

Love this. I've tried to start doing the same but looking to the future. Like instead of saying how healthy I've become, thinking I'm excited to be back where I was. Or if I slip up a little with my mental health just being nicer to myself about it. Go us!

swagmaster2323

It's All About Pulling Back From The Brink

Binge eating myself further into obesity. Down 23kg this year.

Edit for anyone that is interested: https://i.imgur.com/aAjugZD.jpg

That was my progress at the beginning of Feb, so 31 days of water fasting. Decided not to go the full 50 days I had planned on and did 40 instead, breaking it on day 41, slowly introducing healthy foods back into my diet while sticking to Keto. I put on a few kilograms as I started eating again and my intestine filled back up, but kept losing fat and was at 129.6kg this morning from a starting weight of 153.3kg.

I know that people have different opinions about fasting/keto etc, but it works for me and I feel better than I have in years. Chest pains have gone away, knees feel better, even my sleeping has improved, so this is what I am sticking to.

WyrmKin

Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.

Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.

u/rat-avec-london asked:

What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?

Here were some of those answers.


My Finger, The Glass

If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314

You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).

You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.

Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.

SageSilinous

Multiple Uses

Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.

Caspers_Shadow

Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.

It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.

Gen-Jinjur

Pretty Important For Stage Actors

Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer

These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.

Obligatory Poop Hack

I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!

ASS_LORD_666

It's The Alcohol

If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.

ihadanideaonce

But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy

True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross

Get It Off Anything

That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.

I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.

Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.

omgIamafraidofreddit

And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.

Sayonara Capsaicin

Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole

Crying Crying

Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.

Lost_in_the_Library

Just A Quick Little Base

The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).

SnooPickles3213

Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.

Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!

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