We all have bad habits we would like to quit! We are aware of some of them and others might be less obvious. However, if we want to succeed in our journey to self-improvement we have to face the bad habits!
What exactly constitutes a bad habit? I define a bad habit as a routine/action we do regularly that is not good for us, that drains us for energy, and that reduces our productivity. Bad habits can be physically bad, mentally bad, emotionally bad – or even socially bad for you!
Whether, we like it or not bad habits are bad for us!
Lets dive right into it:
Here are 8 habits to quit right away
1. Eating junk food
Bad eating habits can affect our mood, self-worth, and energy levels. Bad eating habits can even affect our health through for instance obesity and type two diabetes.
To quit with this bad habit you need to be completely honest with yourself! Do you overeat? Do you have a sugar problem?
If yes, try to establish why you opt for the unhealthy food. Is it due to lack of energy, low self-esteem and emotional issues, or procrastination?
When you have established the why, try to determine how to overcome them.
Maybe you need to plan your meals, replace all unhealthy snacks with healthy choices, eat more small meals throughout the day to stabilize your blood-sugar, or maybe even consider going to a psychologist in order to improve your mental health and your view on food.
2. To little exercise
Neglecting exercise can be very harmful for our bodies. It can lead to bad posture, injuries and cardiovascular disease. It will be tough in the beginning, but trust me – it is worth it in the long run!
Start out small by going for a walk every day or joining a few classes at the gym a week. Maybe even go for a run a few times a week. The key is consistency!
Need inspiration to start your fitness journey? Check out these 5 tips for a fitness beginner!
3. Surrounding yourself with people who pull you down
Take a good, hard look at your relationships with your friends, partner and even family members. Are there any toxic relationships? Do you feel drained after socializing with any of them?
We should only surround ourselves with people who pull us up and who contributes with something positive to our lives.
This is easier said than done – I know! If you are not able to cut a relationship completely – for instance with a family member, you can reduce the time your spend with them as much as possible without it turning into a whole thing.
I am not saying that your friends or partner cannot have a bad day or feel the need to share emotions of frustration with you. But it shouldn’t be all your relationship is about!
4. Smoking and excessive drinking
You need to truly want to quit any of these two habits in order to be successful in doing so. Try to ask yourself why you drink or smoke? What does smoking or excessive drinking contribute with to your life in comparison to the downsides of it.
5. Not getting enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for our energy level and productivity!
We should actually aim for between 7-9 hours of actual sleep. When I found this out I started to go to bed 1 hour earlier than usual, which means that I usually get between 7-8 hours of actual sleep and since then I feel much more energized throughout the day.
A consistent sleeping pattern can actually be very hard to maintain because of parties in the weekends and late night TV! However, it is not impossible:
6. Focussing on the negative
Don’t be a negative Nelly! When we are only focused on the negative and constantly complaining we are not only draining ourselves of energy but everyone around us as well.
It is okay to have an off day – but try to be mindful of how you express yourself. Every time you get caught up in negativity try to turn it around. Analyze what triggers your negativity – it is your job, a certain person, or even the news?
Procrastination is extremely counter productive and time-consuming. My best tip is to watch Tim Urban’s TED-talk on the subject:
Stay focussed on your goals and stay out of “The Dark Playground”!
8. Excessive cursing
Bad language and excessive cursing can create a negative image around us. By cursing all the time we can be perceived as less intelligent by others, since we do not have the ability to express ourselves in a normal vocabulary.
Cursing is often an impulse or a bad habit which can be an expression of the fact, that we do not think before we talk, which is a bad habit in itself.
If you do curse a lot try to think about what triggers it and be mindful of when you are cursing. A lot of people don’t realize how much they actually curse, since it has just turned into a bad habit.
What bad habits are you looking to quit?