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!
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.