"Good habits may demand time, energy and willpower to keep. As life changes, people may no longer be able to maintain certain good habits which they used to be in."

I am looking for a concise expression, be it formal or informal, for this kind of a situation, where one can no longer keep up a good habit, which was once practiced, but has died out gradually.

  • I think there is a need for more clarification about what stopped the person from being the same person and what is the "good habits". As a learner, I can only suggest the adjective "stale" which, however, means to lose the previous sharpness and creativity because of overdoing something or doing it for a long time. I won't defend him because I think he's stale and isn't half the wrestler he once was. (From Oxford) Again, this adjective works only if the reason is doing a task for a long time and the good habit is doing something well.
    – Cardinal
    Jan 16, 2018 at 11:51

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Your example is a bit awkward/stilted, and there's too much redundancy. It doesn't flow well. I would word it differently. Perhaps something like this:

Maintaining good habits takes some conscious effort, but as life changes, these may fall by the wayside.

to fall by the wayside: means to fail to persist in an endeavour or undertaking.


The word lapse can be used both a as a verb or a noun. As a noun, it generally refers to a temporary failure, but as a verb it can be permanent. You can also use the past participle lapsed as an adjective. It can certainly refer to a gradual decline.

It's great if you are a lapsed exerciser – it is so easy that you will mentally get back into the frame of mind without much effort, and your muscles won't have forgotten - Healthy living: Life-boosting, stress-beating, age-busting ways to total health

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