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How to Quit Anything

Have you ever wanted to quit something and found it almost impossible to do so? Everyone has vices and things they’d rather not do, but find themselves addicted to. For some of us, unfortunately, we are more prone to addictive behaviors. If you find yourself with a dangerous and deep addiction, please seek help. However, if you find yourself unable to quit a job you hate, quit reading books you don’t enjoy and other minor things, try our tips for quitting anything easily and gracefully:

  1. Stop calling yourself a quitter. If you are finding it hard to break up with someone, leave a bad job, or stop playing a sport or doing a hobby you no longer like, you might be staying because you feel like quitting is bad. We are brought up to “not be quitters”. However, sometimes quitting something is the best thing you can do for your mental health. Once you stop seeing yourself as a quitter, it can be easier to stop doing that thing you’d rather stop doing.
  2. Ask yourself, what are you really doing this for? Why haven’t you quit already? Journal your responses. This can work for anything! It can work for your cigarette addiction or your lousy job. Get down and dirty with the real reasons you keep doing something you’d rather quit. Journal about how you will feel when you finally quit and compare your lists.
  3. Focus on what you’ll do instead. Focus on finding a new job and landing your dream gig. Focus on all the money you’ll save by quitting smoking. Focusing on a positive thing that can come out of quitting can help you make the leap.
  4. If you have to talk to someone about quitting something, rehearse what you’ll say so you feel prepared. However, don’t spend so much time stressed out about what you’ll say because it will make you feel more anxious. Write down a few talking points and spin it in an empathetic way. Chances are you’ll find a win, win solution.

What do you want to quit? How long have you been wanting to quit? Share with us what tips you have for quitting anything or what tips you’ll try from this list!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.