2013#alive: Who’s Helped You Break a Habit?

2013#alive: Who’s Helped You Break a Habit?

It’s that time of the week again! alive staff share who’s helped them (or whom they’ve helped) break a bad habit.

This week for our 12 Months of Wellness, we’re making that bad habit easier to break by reaching out and getting some support. And, as some of us at alive have found, that support can sometimes come from the most unlikely sources!

Ellen Niemer, Editor: “One of my worst habits was falling asleep on the couch while watching TV. I regularly slept through the last 15 minutes of Law & Order. My cat Batman did whatever I did, so he’d stay on the couch with me until I went to bed. Sometimes I’d wake up at 1:00 in the morning on the couch with the TV still on. Batman would be waiting patiently so we could go to bed.

Ellen and Batman

“Knowing I was disrupting both of our sleep patterns made me feel a bit guilty and foolish enough to break my habit. It took a while, but now I recognize when I’m really tired and I don’t allow myself to even sit on the couch. I go to bed with a book. At least if I fall asleep while reading, I never miss the ending!”

Colleen Grant, Editor: “My brother used to down energy drinks to deal with his long working hours. I would frown and grumble at this less-than-healthy habit, but disapproval from a younger sister isn’t, apparently, a powerful motivator. I finally “helped” him kick his energy drink habit by brewing or buying him black tea every day for a month. Now, he can’t live without his morning cup of chai. (Success!)”

As for myself, I have a boyfriend who still leaves socks about the house no matter how much I nag, remind, threaten, explain, or cajole. However, we’ve recently opened our home to a golden retriever puppy named Tucker who (as we quickly discovered) really enjoys chewing on socks.

Tucker, with any luck, will be able to help my boyfriend correct the bad habit before all his socks get turned into chew toys!

Caitlin and Tucker

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Who—furry or otherwise—has helped you kick a bad habit?  Let us know by leaving us a comment on Facebook, by sending us a Tweet with the #2013alive hashtag, or by commenting on our blogs.

Plus, don’t forget to download our November goal sheet to keep track of this month’s goals!

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