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Many of us have a few toxic habits which can be damaging to our health, well-being, and success.
In today’s post, I am going to be discussing 10 toxic habits and why they are bad for us, as well as habits that you can get into to better yourself.
Personal development is more than just reading books and listening to podcasts. It also has a lot to do with looking at how you are currently living your life and what behaviors you are partaking in. Sometimes, we find that the things we do on a constant basis can be ones we could do without.
So without rambling on much longer, here are 10 toxic habits to cut out of your life to make you a better version of yourself.
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Toxic Habits To Cut Out Of Your Life
Constant Negative Self-Talk
There is nothing wrong with having a reality check with yourself once in a while, but there is a healthy way to do it. Tough self-love isn’t meant to put you down or make you feel like you are not worthy of whatever it is that you want.
If you have a habit of always being negative about yourself, your achievements and your goals, then that’s a recipe for disaster.
A habit to replace negative self-talk: Try positive affirmations every morning. You might feel uncomfortable saying them at first, but you will get used to them.
Gossip is a very toxic habit and one that everybody should work on quitting.
Gossiping should be minimized because of a few reasons. First, it is damaging to the reputation of the person you are talking about. Second, a lot of gossip is based on lies, anyway. And last, it shows YOU in a negative light.
A habit to replace gossip: Automatically change the conversation when somebody starts to speak ill of someone else, or simply excuse yourself.
Bad sleeping habits
This is a very common one, but I had to touch on it! Sleep is one of the most important things for our health and well-being, and many of us struggle with getting enough of it.
If you are guilty of not getting enough sleep, try going to bed half an hour earlier every night and see how that affects your body.
A habit to replace bad sleeping habits: Create a relaxing nighttime routine.
There is nothing wrong with taking time off to recharge and do nothing once in a while. However, there are times when procrastinating can be a toxic habit.
This can play a negative role in your life when you have deadlines, goals, or when your loved ones are in need of your help.
A habit to replace procrastinating: Eliminate distractions when you know you have to work on something. I have a whole post on how you can stay productive if you would like more tips!
This is a toxic habit that really can mess with your mindset and keep you from reaching your potential.
Being ungrateful about the things you have been blessed with comes off very negative and it can hinder you from getting more out of life.
A habit to replace being ungrateful: Write three things you are grateful for every day.
Finances are harder for some of us to master than others, but thankfully there are many things you can do to help you manage your money.
You don’t have to stay broke all your life, but you do need to make the effort to change your bad financial habits.
A habit to replace bad finances: Learn how to budget. Budgeting is the first step in becoming more financially-savvy, and the benefits are huge.
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Not drinking water
Water makes up most of our bodies and while we already know that drinking water is good for us, sometimes we just don’t drink enough.
Thankfully there are a few things you can do to drink more water throughout the day.
If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of water, add fruit to it. Do you forget to drink water altogether? Keep a reusable bottle of water with you at all times.
A habit to help with drinking more water: Set reminders on your phone throughout the day to remember to drink water.
Showing up late
There is nothing cute or “fashionable” about showing up late.
It is rude and disrespectful to the person you are meeting and really does you no favors. Especially in the workplace, or when meeting somebody new. It really doesn’t give off a good impression.
A habit to replace showing up late: Make it a habit to start getting ready earlier than you usually do. If you usually take 30 minutes to get ready, start getting ready an hour earlier. Chances are, if you get ready earlier, you will leave your house earlier than normal and be at your destination on time.
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Overspending can be a toxic habit because it can get you into a lot of financial trouble.
We live in a world now where people sometimes think that they need to have the latest phones, cars, clothes, and handbags. Sadly, all that does if you can’t afford it is leave you with credit card debt that you will have to pay interest on and spend more money than you actually had to.
A habit to replace overspending: Get in the habit of saving and paying for things using your debit card. If you can’t pay for it using a debit card, you can’t afford it.
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Who you surround yourself with has a very big impact on how you feel about yourself and on your actions. People who constantly put you down and don’t support you should not be the kind of people you surround yourself with.
A habit to replace hanging out with negative Nancys: Focus more on self-care and on making yourself feel good.
Need more motivation on how to break bad habits?
I watched the video below a few months ago and absolutely loved it. It talks about what bad habits are, and how you can stop doing things that you deem are bad habits. I definitely recommend that you watch it!
And that is my list of toxic habits to cut out of your life! There are so many more toxic habits I could write about, but that would take all day.
So instead, let me know of a toxic habit you want to cut out of your life or one that you have successfully quit already in the comments!