Stopping a bad habit can be difficult.
That’s part of the problem.
Trying to stop.
A better way is to think of steering.
Mind you, you’re still trying to quit that thing.
But you’re focused on something else.
It’s like someone saying, “Don’t think of an elephant.”
You can’t help but think about it.
In your case, it’s not enough to try and stop a behavior. You need to replace it with something better.
The focus shifts, centering around creating something good versus avoiding something bad.
If you’re trying to eat better, don’t focus on avoiding those donuts you’re no longer allowed to eat. Instead, focus on filling your diet with wholesome, tasty meals.
It works better when you’re steering toward something constructive. That way, you have a destination rather than just running from something harmful.