10 Bad Habits That You Need To Quit Urgently
Bad habits are bad for you. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and even socially in some cases.
Whereas some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them.
In this article, you will find a list of 15 bad habits that you need to remove from your life.
The objective is that when you will arrive at the end of this article you will do everything to change or delete them, to live a better life.
1 | Smoking
Smoking is one of the most important causes of preventable death globally.
(Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers, which is considerable.)
Not solely that, smoking causes premature skin aging, yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all-hazard to the health of individuals around you, as well as your loved ones!
Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk for many of the health issues associated with direct smoking.
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2 | Excessive Drinking
Binge-drinking is the most common form of excessive drinking, it is defined as consuming.
- 4 or more drinks during a single occasion, for women.
- 5 or more drinks during a single occasion, for men.
Heavy drinking is defined as consuming.
- 8 or more drinks per week, for women.
- 15 or more drinks per week, for men.
To explain why this is a bad habit, here are some arguments :
- Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it tougher to think clearly and move with coordination.
- Violence: homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.
- Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy; Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias; Irregular heartbeat, stroke, high blood pressure.
- Injuries: motor vehicle crashes falls, drownings, and burns
- Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis.
- Risky sexual behaviors: unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
- Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
- Different types of cancer: mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast.
And a lot more.
3 | Focusing On The Negative
Essentially, how you think determines your end result. If you believe that things won’t go well, they likely won’t go well.
It is not uncommon for some people to get into the bad habit of predicting the worst outcome for themselves.
Some people may have internal arguments like, “Why should I bother to speak with them, they think I’m weird anyway.” Or “Daniel seems to like William better than me. I’m sure that they are going to become best friends and leave me out.”
Because the person has now put energy into thinking and worrying about the dreaded outcome, the precise thing that he or she predicted does in fact, come true.
These people don’t necessarily have the power to predict the future. Rather, their negative thinking subconsciously dictates their behavior.
Someone who is fearful of speaking up allows others to talk over him or her, or holds back on ideas – leaving others wondering if he or she has what it takes to succeed.
Someone who is frightened of being left out by friends actually distances himself or herself, thinking that others don’t want to be around him or her anymore.
The behaviors are driven by emotions rather than fact. This can become an unhealthy habit, an endless cycle of negative thought that almost always leads to negative predicted outcomes.
4 | Procrastinating
Procrastinating is delaying something that must be done now, often because it’s unpleasant or boring.
Often, when you procrastinate you tell yourself “Someday I’m going to…”
…begin that project.
…start my own business.
…clean my garage.
And here is the problem, by always bringing back the things that you need to do in the present, you finish by never doing them or doing them late.
Here are some quotes to give you the motivation to work on your projects!
5 | Neglecting Your Mental Health
It can be easy to neglect your mental health when you’re working full time or taking care of kids.
It’s important to realize that we all function better at work or home when we take the time to look after our mental health.
Take time for yourself. You can do meditation to relearn to appreciate the present moment, to reconnect with yourself.
6 | Living in the Past
Our past shapes us in such a large amount of ways, but sometimes dwelling on the past can cause us a lot of pain.
It takes us away from the present moment and keeps us from moving forward. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has lain awake at night stewing over something that happened in the past, it’s not fun or productive, it’s nostalgia or a regret.
Whether it’s pain someone caused you or your own actions that you regret, when those thoughts come up gently redirect your mind to the present moment and remember that those thoughts aren’t serving you and it’s ok to let them go.
You need to don’t allow your past to dictate your future. When you keep harking back to your days of ‘glory’, you are in effect accepting that your best is behind you.
With this you are sending a signal to yourself, that unfortunately, you have no hopes of future growth or betterment.
7 | Blaming Instead of Taking Responsibility
It’s tempting to blame other people for our circumstances.
Some things that we can’t control like our parents and the environment we grew up in, but once you become an adult you have the power to write the story of your life, to reach your dreams.
Perhaps that you grew up poor or were abused, or you feel like there aren’t any opportunities for growth in your life.
Maybe you feel stuck in an unhappy marriage or can only find a minimum wage job to support your family.
By taking your responsibility instead of blaming, you will establish yourself as someone strong, someone who understands and makes the right things to change the points that pose problems.
8 | Fearing Failure
Have you ever been so scared of failing at something that you decided to not attempt it at all?
Or has a dread of failure meant that, subconsciously, you undermined your own efforts to avoid the possibility of a bigger failure?
Many of us have probably experienced this just once or multiple times. The fear of failing can be immobilizing.
It can cause us to do nothing and therefore resist moving forward.
But when we allow fear to stop our forward progress in life, we’re likely to miss some nice opportunities along the way.
Here is a quote that sums it very well :
“How many of us stop short of success on purpose? How many of us sabotage our own happiness because failure, while miserable, is a fear we’re familiar with? Success, however, dreams come true, are a whole new kind of terrifying, an entire new species of responsibilities and disillusions, requiring a new way to think, act and become. Why do we REALLY quit? Because it’s hopeless? Or because it’s possible…” -Jennifer DeLucy
9 | Stay In Your Comfort Zone
If you’re not where you want to be in your life, it’s very probably because you’re stuck inside your own comfort zone.
It’s easy to do what you’re used to doing and staying within the confines of the least resistance, however if you would like to make progress in your life, you need to break free from what holds you back.
Also, you need to understand that It’s almost impossible to grow and learn while stuck inside your comfort zone.
Finally, understand that the unknown is where dreams are made!
10 | Eating “Bad Food” Fast Food (Junk Food)
While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today.
Just try to replace bad food with healthy food.
Instead of soda, opt for fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water.
Instead of fries, you can switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today).
To go deeper into this subject here is an article that explains why you need to adopt a healthy diet and how to adopt one.
- Excessive Drinking
- Focusing on the negative (Negative Thinking)
- Neglecting Your Mental Health
- Living in the Past
- Blaming Instead of Taking Responsibility
- Fearing Failure
- Stay In Your Comfort Zone
- Eating “Bad Food” Fast Food (Junk Food)
Finally, I think that you knew that the biggest part of these bad habits were bad habits that you need to remove from your life, to reach your dreams, being better, feeling better…
But the thing is that this is hard to delete these habits from your life.
Because often bad habits are the habits that you have introduced in your life because you were too weak to live your life without them.
These bad habits are the easy solution, look at them, it’s all about fear, fear to fight for yourself, for your future, for a better life.
So, at the end of this article, I want you to change your life by eliminating these bad habits.
You can start by creating your productivity ritual, a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.
To establish a discipline in your life can definitely be helpful.