10 Toxic Habits to Quit Immediately

Are you guilty of these toxic habits? Most of the time we fail to realize that we might be practicing toxic habits daily. You might be wondering, what makes it a toxic habit? To me, a toxic habit is something you do that is potentially harming your mental or physical health.

I will admit, I have practiced some of these habits in the past. Since then, I tried to cut them out of my life. Here is a list of 10 toxic habits you should quit immediately! 

10 Toxic Habits to Quit Immediately!

10 Toxic habits to quit immediately

1.Checking your phone as soon as you wake up

GUILTY! This is a toxic habit that I struggle to quit. I find that checking your phone as soon as you wake up is a terrible start to the day! I have actually tested this theory… I find that on mornings when I don’t check my phone right away, I feel a lot happier. I like to try to start my morning on a positive note. 

FIRST – I turn my alarm off, trying to start my day with positive affirmations and thoughts. “I am going to have a good day.” 

THEN – I try to have a cup of coffee and do some journaling/writing. You could even do a little reading. 

I like to do this before checking my phone! It’s hard for me since I work virtually and my phone is my alarm clock… BUT I SWEAR I AM TRYING TO GET BETTER AT IT!

2. Not believing in yourself

I have learned as I get older, that it is ESSENTIAL to your success, to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. If you continuously put yourself down, or tell yourself you can’t do something, chances are you won’t. Changing your mindset can be a total game changer. Give it a try!

3. Trying to change things that are out of your control

This is always so hard but it’s a toxic habit. How many times have you tried so hard to fix something even though you knew it was out of your control? It can be exhausting. I have learned to accept the fact that some things, I just can’t change. It’s less stressful.

4. Comparing yourself

Another toxic habit that we tend to do more often than not is comparing ourselves. This steals our peace, this affects our confidence. Do not compare yourself to others. The only person I compare myself to is who I was yesterday, last week, last month, last year….

5. Not letting go of the past

There have been so many times where I refused to let go of the past. For whatever reason, I couldn’t let it go. This can be toxic. If we don’t let go of the past, it effects our present. I have learned to live in the moment and let go of the past.

6. Not forgiving yourself

I recently spoke about this in a podcast episode. I had some struggles in the past year and I really had to learn how to forgive myself in order to be happy. Learn how to forgive yourself and it can really help your mental health. 

7. Running on empty

Out of all the toxic habits, this one might be the worst. I suffer from wanting to do all the things, all at once! I feel like I need to constantly be doing something and constantly be making progress. I end up burning myself out to the point of exhaustion. It is so important to not run on empty. Make sure to eat, sleep and give yourself a break when you need to. 

8. Getting no sleep

Just like running on empty, it is a toxic habit to get no sleep. There have been plenty of nights where I would sacrifice my sleep for my blog, client work, etc. It just meant that I had an unproductive day when I woke up. Coming up with a solid schedule and getting proper rest is so important. 

9. Not drinking water

I am so guilty of not drinking enough water! It’s like my body gets two things, coffee & wine. Let me tell you, it’s not good! I have been trying to get better at drinking water consistently throughout the day. 

 10. Keeping toxic people in your life 

I used to feel guilty when I had thoughts of cutting toxic people out of my life. Now I look back and I know that it wasn’t selfish to put myself first. Get rid of toxic people and don’t feel guilty about it. 



What toxic habits are you trying to cut out? Let me know in the comments!

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  • I also start my day by using affirmations, love that 🙂
    Cutting out toxic people is always a great decision. Even if it means unfollowing bunch of people on social media, it feels like a weight being lifted off our shoulders.
    Btw, love the new look of your theme. It looks amazing 🙂

  • I absolutely loved this. I can really relate to this post! I get up early and do my start today journal. But I always find myself back on my phone. I’m going to try to make it a priority to put my phone down!

  • I love this list. I think the phone one is the hardest habit to break – but it definitely helped once I started leaving it on my desk by my computer at night instead of bringing it into the bedroom with me.

    Now, comparing…? Different story, LOL.

  • I am horrible at checking my phone as soon as I wake up. I need to invest in an alarm clock so that the temptation to check IG isn’t right in my hand when I wake up and turn off my alarm. This little reminder is powerful, thank you.

  • These are excellent tips, girl! I have to work hard on not checking my phone first thing in the morning. It’s so hard not to, but I’ve been wanting to eliminate that habit for a while now. So, thank YOU for the reminder. I’m going to start practicing journaling over checking my phone in the morning, starting tomorrow. Let’s see how it goes (:

    Much love always,
    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

  • Fantastic post! All of these are such great reminders.

    #7 is so true!! You can’t get things done if you’re running on empty. Taking breaks throughout the day is extremely important!

    I also seriously need to start drinking more water. Guiltily, I’ve caught myself reaching for soda instead of water during dinner. My goal this summer is to cut out soda completely and drink more water every day! Loved that you added that tip to the post.

    Thank you for sharing! x

  • I love this post and it is so accurate. The only problem I have is what if those toxic people are your family? My husband and my mother are very toxic and I have to take care of both of them. My husband and I live with my mother as she has dementia and cannot live alone. My husband received a liver transplant in March 2019 but is now getting back on his feet and hopefully returning to work in about a month. My mother is never wrong, she will hit me if I tell her she can’t do something, get in my face and scream, and this is all when she is in a normal state of mind, not when she has an episode. My husband is just a negative person and acts annoyed anytime I ask him anything. He calls me names when he gets mad at me and just overall acts as if he hates me all the time. Anyway I know you’re not a therapist but I can’t get rid of them. I wish I could, believe me! They bring me down so severally that I stay in my room all day. I just looked at my response and it’s pretty funny…I’m just rambling on and on. Do you have any thoughts on how to deal with the toxic people you can’t remove from your life?.

    • That’s definitely tough. For me, at the end of the day if they stole my peace and didn’t bring me happiness I started to let go. It’s hard when they are family but you shouldn’t let anyone drain your energy! I surround myself with positive people only. I am so sorry that you are put in this position. I am sending positive vibes and hoping that things get better!

  • Thank you so much for this , actually this 10 Toxic Habits hits me so hard . I will try my all best leave this toxic habits.

  • 10th one is best one that there are some toxic persons in my life ,they do pretend that they want me but I can see in there eyes someone else . They hurt me and says u r wrong . They are just disturbance in my life .not only a guys , girls also exit to hurt me .

  • These list was exactly what i needed to read to motivate my kind of person. The not drinking water, not letting go of my past, phone issue. In fact all the list here is just talking about me. Thanks it brought me joy to stumble of this. Thanks.

  • Everything that you mentioned, I am struggling with it. Social media, everytime I hear my phone I want to see who call or text me. Thanks for sharing this article.

  • I try to start not checking my phone when I wake up. Thankful to this toxic habit I injoyed reading. Hope I can improve myself.

  • Taking a look at my attitude and bearing responsibility for it…I find this type of spot check super helpful. I start with my goal, look to the solution, then check my attitude (curious, helpful, critical, thoughtful, sincere)

  • Amazing post! Checking phone immediately after waking will bombard social media alerts, messages, emails, to-dos that cause stress and is not good way to start new day. It’s difficult to keep mobile away. I will add not doing exercise or stretching and not eating balanced diet to the list they are also important.