7 Easy Steps to Breaking Bad Habits

7 Easy Steps to Breaking Bad Habits

Bad habits you develop in your college years can disrupt your life and stop you from reaching your goals.

They damage your health — both mentally and physically. They also waste your time and energy which can impact your grades. Then why don’t we break our bad habits?

More importantly, is there anything we can do about it?

This ESL lesson will enhance your English conversation skills and give you tips on how to break your bad habits.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

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1. What’s the woman doing with her left hand?

2. Do you think she’s his girlfriend?

3. How long will it take the man to finish his cigarette?

4. Do you think the man has considered quitting smoking?

5. What places are people not allowed to smoke in your country?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Pick the top 3 habits you’d like to reverse.

Smoking
Drinking in excess
Complaining/whining
Cracking knuckles
Biting fingernails
Eating unhealthy foods
Watching TV
Eating loudly
Tardiness
Playing online games
Gossiping
Fidgeting
Gambling
Lying
Swearing
Procrastinating
Not being active or exercising
Worrying too much
Other

2. Has your bad habit negatively affected you?

Yes
No

3. Have you tried breaking your bad habit in the past and did it work?

Yes
No

4. What did you think, or say to yourself, when you went back to your bad habit?

It’s ok.I’ll try again.
There I go again, doing exactly what I didn’t want to do.
I’m a loser!
I’ll never learn
I just can’t stop myself
This will be the last time.
I’ll just accept who I am.

5. How did you feel after going back to your bad habit?

Sad
Concerned
Anxious
Very stressed
Frustrated
Annoyed
Disgusted
Angry

6. How ready are you to change your habit? (on a scale of 1 to 7 where 1 is not at all ready and 7 is extremely ready).

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6- 7

7. What annoying habits do you see people do in public that bother you?

Smoking
Drinking or drunk
Complaining/whining
Spitting
Cracking knuckles
Eating loudly
Pushing
Cutting in line
Talking loudly on the train or subway
Blaring music from their ear phones
Swearing
Other

8. Do you think men in your country use the F-Bomb more than women?

Yes
No

9. Would your life be boring if you you gave up any of these habits?

Drinking
Smoking
Eating junk foods
Partying

10. List 3 good habits that top performing students have:

Part III: Share Your Opinions

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Discussion Activity

Have you ever set a new year’s resolution to lose weight, quit smoking or drinking? It isn’t easy is it?

Most of us can do it for a few days, a week or even a month, but beyond a month most of us fail.

Below are 7 suggestions on how to create a new good habit.

Choose the 3 that would have the biggest impact on your success and then discuss.

7 Suggestions for Success
  • Set small boring goals instead of big goals to achieve success.
  • Give yourself one day a week to cheat.If you’re trying to lose weight then eat a chocolate bar occasionally.
  • Don’t hang around people who share your bad habit.Being with them will tempt you and you’ll fail.Especially smokers.
  • Make it convenient.The more difficult and time consuming your new habit is, the less likely you’ll succeed.
  • Make it fun.If you don’t enjoy doing something you won’t stick with it.
  • Do it early.Exercise or eat the right food early in the day so won’t skip it later when you’re less motivated.
  • Ask a friend or family to hold you accountable each day so you won’t return to your old bad habit.

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