8 Bad Habits To Stop Now

We’re all notoriously ignorant about our bad habits, and in our fast-paced world, when we’re feeling stressed, exhausted, and everything in between, it can be hard to break them. But if you’re serious about making a change in your life, you have to learn what your bad habits are and then commit to changing them. You can do it!

Here are some of the most common bad habits and some helpful tips on dealing with them.

Procrastinating

Procrastination is the act of putting off tasks, usually while feeling restless, guilty, or anxious.

Tips to help you stop procrastinating:

  • Write down all your tasks in a list and then prioritize them according to what needs to get done first. This will help you visualize which task is most important and should be dealt with first.
  • Get some accountability by telling someone about your goal of stopping procrastinating – it’s much harder for us to ignore our commitments when others are watching us!
  • Reward yourself when you reach small milestones towards getting things done – this can be anything from giving yourself 5 minutes on Facebook once you’ve written an article, going out for dinner if you’ve finished your to-do list, or simply doing something relaxing once you’ve completed your assignment.

Nose Picking

Nose-picking is one of the most common bad habits. Of course, we all do it, but we’d instead not get caught in the act. According to a study in 1995, on average, people pick their noses 47 times a day – can you believe it?

Tips to help you stop picking your nose:

  • Don’t dwell – once you’ve picked your nose, just move along!
  • Combat the urge by using a tissue to pick your boogers. If you don’t have one accessible, try using your shirt sleeve instead of dirtying your hands.

Excessive Drinking

Drinking up to 3-4 units of alcohol a day is considered safe for most people, but if you’re drinking more than that, then it’s likely that you are misusing alcohol or are an alcoholic.

Tips to help you stop over-drinking:

  • If you struggle with the urge to drink every night after work, make yourself wait until at least 6 o’clock. If this sounds impossible, try promising your friends you’ll be the designated driver every time or stay sober when out socializing. You can still go out but without having to drink!
  • Start recording how much your drinking – on days where you want to cut down the amount of alcohol you’re consuming, start by timing yourself and then gradually reducing each time.

Spending too much money

Spending a lot of money can be a common problem, especially during the holiday season. It is estimated that an average American spends $1,236 on holiday shopping and $608 on gifts for their families.

Tips to help you stop overspending:

  • Start by simply logging your expenses. You could be spending money on unnecessary items just to keep yourself entertained.
  • If you’re trying to save more this Christmas, limit yourself by giving yourself a budget before you start shopping for others. Write down the amount that you can afford to spend and stick with it.
  • Set yourself savings goals that you have to achieve before spending any more money on unnecessary things like shopping or eating out. Make saving fun by trying to beat your goal each time you save!
  • When you go out clothes shopping, only bring the amount of cash you’re willing to spend and leave all cards at home – this will prevent impulse purchases and keep within your budget.

Not Exercising

Not exercising regularly can cause weight gain, which increases your risk for many health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer. However, even the simplest form of active isolated stretching can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Tips to help you start exercising:

  • Find an activity that you enjoy doing. Make sure it’s something you love because only then will you be more likely to stick with your workout!
  • Check out YouTube videos of yoga or Pilates – these are both low-intensity workouts perfect if you’re just starting exercising.
  • Ask your friends to go for a jog or a walk with you – keeping each other accountable is key here!

Being Negative

Negativity can affect your mental and physical health as well as your relationships. For example, a study conducted in 2003 found that those who suffered from depression were much more likely to suffer from heart disease later on in life than those who didn’t.

Tips to help you stop being negative:

  • If you’re feeling negative, set yourself a goal of distracting yourself by doing something positive. One good example could be going to a movie with a friend after work – this will give you a chance to forget about the everyday stressors and unwind for a couple of hours.
  • Keep a gratitude journal – write down three things each day, no matter how small, which you’re grateful for. Start off by writing about the things around you, like your bed or your living room, then list the reasons why you’re grateful for your family and friends.
  • Take a break from social media – there’s nothing wrong with scrolling down your Facebook feed but try to avoid getting sucked in by all of the negativity on there. All it does is make you more stressed about what other people are doing!

If you feel like things aren’t going well, remember that everyone has problems, and they get through them one day at a time. So just keep reminding yourself that tomorrow will get better, and it really does get easier!

So if you have been diagnosed with depression or have had suicidal thoughts, please get in touch with your GP or local mental health clinic immediately. You don’t have to go through this alone! So many people are willing to help you. You can also contact your local mental health line for free counseling and treatment services provided by professionals.

Being a Couch Potato

Sitting for more than three hours a day can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes. On top of that, it also increases the chance of developing depression and anxiety.

Tips to help you get up:

  • A great way to get yourself moving is by taking public transportation instead of driving. This will not only save you money but also give you some time to unwind or read that book you’ve been meaning to start!
  • If public transport doesn’t work for you, then simply take walks whenever possible, even if it’s just in the neighborhood around where you live.
  • It’s a great option to invite some friends over and have a movie marathon – you get to watch movies while also getting your steps in!
  • Replace your chair with a standing desk. A study proved that employees who used a standing desk burned around 15% more calories than those who sat behind their desks all day long.

Smoking

Smoking can cause lung cancer, emphysema, and a whole host of other health conditions. About 11 million people worldwide suffer from tobacco-related illness, and half of them will die due to it.

Tips to help you quit:

It’s never too late to quit smoking – in fact, most smokers say they want to but don’t know how! So why not start now?

  • Make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit smoking and keep this list with you at all times. This way, you’ll have something that reminds you every day of your goal!
  • Choose one or two days out of your week where you cut back on smoking – setting limits for yourself is a great way to start!
  • You can always ask your family and friends for support – it’s a great idea to try having family dinners without cigarettes and asking your partner to quit with you. It makes the whole process much easier when everyone is doing it together!
  • Nicotine patches or gum can be a great help. Try using them together with the tips above, and you’ll soon find yourself smoke-free in no time.

Remember that you’re not alone in this; there are actually over 1 billion people who have either quit smoking or never started in the first place.

Summary

These are just a few bad habits that can negatively affect your mental health. There are also many other unhealthy habits, such as drinking too much alcohol, eating junk food, and never exercising, leading to serious problems.

Remember that you’re strong enough to deal with these difficult times and that there is always someone willing to help you. Don’t be afraid because the only thing we should fear in this world is ourselves and how we treat each other!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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