Bad Family Habits and How to Change them

Habits are repeated actions performed by an individual when faced with a particular situation. Whenever the situation occurs, the behavioral activity or action occurs. But, yes, situations cannot be avoided every time, instead they can be replaced with something else.
Bad habits are easy to pick up and follow, but the effects start showing on one’s health and lifestyle. The sooner one realizes this, the better it is for one to change. You cannot all of a sudden put an end to bad habits, but you can change them with time. So, put in a little effort and with good habits, you can experience a transformation.

A Grubby House
Bad Habit: The entire house has things in disorder, kitchen sinks stained, dusty rugs, sooty kitchen shutters, and the worst part is that you don’t even have a place to eat or sleep, because it’s either covered with toys or clothes. A home is a place where you feel relaxed and at ease. But when you are not putting any effort to clean your messy house, then the kids are getting a wrong message.
Changed Habit: Put on some loud music and hand over gloves and scrubbers to your family members and start cleaning. Gather your husband and kids and make cleaning fun and interesting, like who cleans more gets more points, and the member with highest points will be allowed an extra hour of sleep.

Workout
Bad Habit: Busy routines leave no time for workouts. But even when there is opportunity, we don’t exercise. We engage that extra hour in sleeping or watching our favorite series. As parents if you don’t exercise, it sets a bad example for the kids. Leading an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to serious problems like obesity and high blood pressure.
Changed Habit: Start listening to some motivating workout songs and make it a rule in the house that on weekends or mornings, the entire family goes for a walk or jog. Initially, start with a workout that can be done by all the members, then move on to individual preferences.

Eating Habits

Bad Habit: Nowadays, it is rare to see the entire family having dinner together. The aroma of home-cooked food is now mostly replaced with the aroma of fast food and ready to cook food. Dinning table conversations rarely occur because someone is busy messaging on the phone or someone is watching television. The essence of family warmth is losing its charm.
Changed Habit: Be in charge and be stern about it. Even if everyday as a family you cannot have dinner together, make it a point to have dinner together at least once or twice a week. Collect everyone’s mobiles and keep them away from the dining area. Make the place cozy and comfortable by dimming lights and lighting up candles. Voila! You have a perfect family dinner.

Being Busy

Bad Habit: In a family everyone has their individual jobs or routines but as work pressure increases, your family time decreases. Parents become busy in their own work shifts, and kids remain busy in their extracurricular activities. Nobody really knows what is going on in each other’s lives.
Changed Habit: As a family, you people need to balance your work and personal life. Take time out of your busy schedule and plan for family get-togethers. Make a schedule and spare time where all the family members have to be present and abide by the schedule religiously. Go out for a brunch or play some family games, talk, and share your experiences and resolve issues. These activities make family bonding stronger.

Budget Planning

Bad Habit: Every family has a member who is a shopaholic or spendthrift. Kids get spoiled when no one pays attention to how much they spend. Then, finally on a rainy day or an emergency, you don’t have enough savings to solve your difficulty.
Changed Habit: Keep tabs on the allowance you give your kids and if they need more, go through their requirements and ensure that their demand is genuine, only then hand them the extra amount. Keep a record of monthly expenses and savings, then accordingly plan for the upcoming month and from savings always keep aside a fair amount for a rainy day.

Special Days

Bad Habit: Many a time, it happens that anniversaries and birthdays just pass like normal days. And even if there is a plan to celebrate, someone definitely misses it. Work excuses need to stop for not celebrating anniversaries or special days.
Changed Habit: Plan special things for special days. Show commitment and don’t let work come in between special moments. Keep the party small but do celebrate, because such occasions are the only moments that one can treasure.

Prefer Driving To Nearby Places

Bad Habit: For every small reason the car is taken out, whether it is walking to a nearby friend’s house or nearby school.
Changed Habit: Make a habit to walk and inculcate the same in your kids. Walking not only provides health benefits, it can also save you fuel.

Tips to Break the Habit of Skin Picking

Breaking the habit of skin picking
Love it, hate it, but you can’t ignore it. No matter if you feel happy, sad, anxious, or just plain indifferent, you can’t resist yourself from picking your skin. Doesn’t it sound like an addiction? An alarming state of a maniac who’s lost it all!

There are many of us who are addicted to skin picking. A habit dear to you right from your childhood. The pleasure you gained in picking on your skin around the nails and lips was enough to keep you busy throughout your childhood. And now, it has grown into an impulsive control “disorder”. Can it really be cured? Well, cure isn’t the correct word. Let’s say, we can help you stop or break the habit of skin picking by the following ways.

Know what causes it
If you accept that it is a disease and you need to come out of it, do a thorough research on it. Skin picking disorder or dermatillomania is caused due to external as well as internal factors. Tanning, dust, smog, and exposure to harmful microbes – bacteria and virus – can be the external factors.
Your diet, water, or other supplements that you have can play a role as well. It can also be passed on to you as a hereditary syndrome. But the most common cause is deep inside your head; as the coping mechanism to deal with high levels of turmoil, anxiety, or stress.
List down things that relax you
Note down the things and activities that help you relax. Do some painting. Play your guitar. Do yoga. Go for a sauna. Read magazines, novels, or books. Watch a movie. Listen to music. Or perhaps take a nap. It will help you curb the anxiety that compels you to start skin picking.

The Hate Approach
It may sound funny, but try this. Many in the world have found great relief in doing so. Take a large picture/poster of your favorite celebrity and paste it in your room. Take a red marker and draw zits and scars all over their face. Now sit and watch it. Then, using the marker draw a bold and dark cross all over the picture. This will remind you what “NOT” to become.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop
Quite self-explanatory in this case. Keep your hands occupied. Take a squeeze ball or those popular Chinese Caomaru balls. To prevent biting around your nails, apply a bandage in that area or apply some fancy nail paint (for girls). That way, you will be less tempted to dig on your skin. Another reliable practice is to wear gloves. That way your hand remains covered, and your grip on any other object to pick skin completely wears away.

Inspirations on the go
Stick inspirational quotes and sayings everywhere you go. The kitchen (refrigerator) door, toilet door (preferably the inner side), car’s dashboard, or cupboards of your room. In this digital age, you rather set the quotes as wallpapers of your laptop and cell phones. This way, wherever you go, you will be reminded “NOT” to do it.

Keep loneliness at bay
When do you pick ideally? Whenever you are alone doing nothing! So, better we take this “loneliness” out of the scene. Try to remain engaged in something or the other. If you live alone, try to hang out – go to some departmental store, visit your friends, go partying, or go to some fine restaurant and treat yourself with whatever you like.

Healthy lifestyle
It all boils down to the same fact again and again – “A healthy lifestyle is the key to happy well-being”. Do regular exercises – yoga, morning walks, jogs, simple stress-relieving exercises like aerobics, etc. This will refresh you and lower your anxiety level.
Avoid eating too much fried junk food and instead go for nutritious food like salads, sprouts, juices, soups, raw vegetables, and fruits. Water is a great detoxifier, hence drink plenty of water. This will prevent the growth of acne and other scars on your skin. No acne, no picking!

Aromatherapy
Who doesn’t like the sweet fragrance of flowers? So does your skin. Aromatherapy has emerged as a great way to revitalize your skin and open the blocked pores, thus cleansing your skin.
▶ Take a vessel filled with hot, boiling water and add 2-3 tablespoons of aromatic herbs or oil in it.
▶ Place a wide towel over your head, covering the bowl and create a steam tent.
▶ Inhale the fragrant steam for about 5-10 minutes.
▶ Finish the process by washing your face with cold water.

Tip: Use lavender oil, lemon oil, or apricot oil. For herbs, you may choose chamomile, basil, mint, lavender, or rose petals.

Peer Counseling
One is always motivated to attain more when the inspiration comes from an alter ego. Try to be friends with fellow chronic skin pickers, and both of you can take it as a challenge to get rid of the disease. Competition, this way, is a healthy practice. Or you can use the social network to join forums where you can interact with people who have overcome a similar condition. Direct motivation from a veteran would do wonders.

Keep a track of your progress
Make a habit to log and register every bit of your growth as an anti-skin picker/peeler. Starting from day one, note down the frequency of your picking, the most susceptible areas where your pick on, and what ways are you trying to cope up with the urge. After every week, take stock. You will really feel happy and motivated by your progress. Plus, this documentation might come handy for others when you turn a ‘Once-a-Picker’.