LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- If breaking bad habits is one of your New Year's resolutions, we're here to help.
The first step in banishing those bad behaviors is admitting you have a problem, then replace that practice with something that serves a similar purpose and let that become a habit.
Here are ten expert strategies for stopping some common pet peeves from Shine by Yahoo!
1. Biting your nails - First step to stop biting your nails is to identify what you do before you start biting. Do you search for uneven or jagged edges, then bring your hand to your mouth? Clench your fists instead until the urge passes. Once you've made some progress, treat yourself to a manicure!
2. Cracking your knuckles - Even though you enjoy the sensation, you want to stop because others hate the sound. Try punching your other hand or fanning your fingers instead of cracking. Also keep a record of your successes.
3. Gum snapping - Again, you love the sound, but not everyone else. How important is gum to you? Would you consider giving it up all together? If you're willing to give it up, trying deep breathing to calm you down. Or if you chew to fight bad breath or hunger pangs, pop a mint instead.
4. Sleeping in your makeup - Sometimes you get so tired you fall into bed, forgetting to wash off your make up. Keep cosmetic remover wipes on your nightstand. At least this way you can wipe off your make up before you go to sleep. Need motivation? Sleeping in your make up can cause acne and wrinkles because it dries out the skin around your eyes.
5. Interrupting - You're eager to share your thoughts, but someone else is speaking so you must bite your tongue. Try focusing on listening. The more intently you hear someone out, the less you'll feel the urge to interject. If someone pauses to take a breath or collect their thoughts, don't take it as a window to interject.
6. Noisy eating - You know if you make sounds while you eat, but you aren't sure why? Record yourself to isolate the noise. This can help you change the way you eat to avoid making the sound like chewing slower, eating smaller pieces, or keeping your mouth closed.
7. Being late - Conquering this habit requires a compelling reason to be on time. Ask yourself a couple of questions: Do you respect other people's time? Do you want to appear rude? Or do you want to be seen as thoughtful and professional? Try visualizing your arrival five to ten minutes early. Or write down appointments 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
8. Reading over someone's shoulder - It's an invasion of privacy! Putting yourself in their shoes could help stop your curiosity. Imagine how you would feel if someone was doing it to you. Now imagine that person calling you out in front of a room full of people.
9. Talking loudly on your cell phone - Imagine what would happen if your conversation got leaked onto Facebook or Twitter. Would you lose a big client or close relationship? When you're in public, you have no idea who is listening in on your conversation. To remind you to take or make calls privately, write a trigger word or phrase on your phone in a place you'd see all the time.
10. Fidgeting - Moving around because you're anxious can be seen as a sign of weakness. For prevention, think about what you'll do with your hands in every situation before it happens. Say if you're standing, put your hands at your sides and pretend their glued to you. If you're seated, place your hands on your knees or fold them on your lap.