The Bad Habits You Need to Change to Better Your Life
Published | Written by Jerry Newman
Going through a breakup, starting a new relationship, or moving to a different city? Take advantage of a major life transition to get rid of some of your bad habits. Here are five things you should stop doing when you get a fresh start in life:
Stop Stressing Out About Your Job
If your boss is making you miserable or if you’re just bored with your current career, stop complaining about it and dragging down everyone around you. Instead, think about launching your own business. Sure, you’ll have to get into the habit of getting yourself motivated to work hard every day, but online formation services are here to help you get your business set up and file the proper paperwork with your state. Think about structuring your business as an LLC in Texas to get the best tax benefits and protect your personal assets in case of litigation.
Stop Talking to Toxic People
Sometimes, you’re so used to hanging out with the same people that you don’t realize how toxic they are. Instead of helping you be your best self, they drag you down for fear you might outgrow them, sabotaging your efforts at being a better person. They spread gossip and negativity around, and spending time with them tends to fill you with anxiety. If you feel that some of your relationships may be toxic, start distancing yourself both physically and emotionally, and seek positive people to surround yourself with, people who will lift you up instead of dragging you down.
Stop Scrolling Through Social Media
Besides being a huge drain on your time, scrolling through other people’s online posts can actually make you feel anxious and depressed. Even though you consciously know that those posts are “highlight reels” and do not really reflect the day-to-day reality of those people’s lives, you unconsciously start comparing your life to what you see on their social media feeds, which leads to feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. So put your phone or tablet down and find more productive ways to spend your time: crossword puzzles and adult coloring books will help you feel more relaxed than watching the latest viral video.
A little retail therapy now and then may be an enjoyable way to lift your spirit, but spending too much money on items you don't need just for the sake of shopping is definitely a habit you should lose. Avoid temptations by limiting the time you spend online, where we’re constantly bombarded with affiliate links and shiny ads, and don’t follow influencers whose job is to make you buy stuff. When you go shopping, get into the habit of writing a list down before you leave the house and stick to it so you don’t spend money on superfluous things you don’t need.
Stop Eating Unhealthy Snacks
Maybe, like many, you picked up this unhealthy habit once you started working from home full time. But eating salty or sugary snacks and other highly processed, high-calorie foods all day, while you’re trying to stay motivated without a boss or colleagues around, can lead to weight gain, and such items haven’t shown to provide enough sustained energy to make them worth their calories. If you want to stave off hunger between meals, get into the habit of preparing healthy snacks for yourself and portion them out in advance so you don’t overindulge. Opt for foods that have high fiber content, and include a protein like yogurt or string cheese to tide you over until your next meal.
We all have bad habits that can be a drain on our time, our energy, and our wallets. Meeting new people, moving to a new place, or starting a new career offers great opportunities to break up with those bad habits and replace them with healthier ones.
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