The failure to change and break unhealthy habits is rarely about not having the right tactics.

We’ve all been there. Using the Pomodoro technique to curb procrastination, choosing carrots instead of Oreos, or performing the reverse Jesus and swapping wine for water.

It might work for a while. But like a cheap bandaid, it won’t stick.

Because what triggers those unhealthy habits in the first place is our response to uncomfortable emotions.

We choose unhealthy, unproductive habits because they allow us to temporarily hide from whatever mental turbulence we’re feeling.

And the only way to truly break an unhealthy habit is to face and deal with those triggering uncomfortable emotions.

As uncomfortable as it may be.