(If you can relate to any of these habits, please do not take this feedback as an attack on your character. This article was meant to be a self-improvement guide for those of you who have been feeling a little stuck.)
Even though unlearning an undesirable habit is more difficult than formulating a new one, it is even more essential. A poor habit takes less time to become naturalized — it simply falls into place. You act without thinking after you’ve gotten used to it. It’s similar to when you’re thirsty and drink water automatically.
Toxic habits may have a huge impact on your health, happiness, productivity, and success. You may not be aware of which habits you need to focus on first. Well, we suggest you start with habits that are holding you back from living a better life at the present. Don’t know what habit is silently messing up with your life? Here are the 8 toxic habits you should unlearn.
1. Not listening to your body’s needs.
We need rest in order to function properly, but many people don’t get enough sleep or take breaks during the workday. This may not only diminish productivity but also affect health and mental well-being. Additionally, you might even ignore your bodies’ warning signals which could lead to more serious problems in the future. Be sure to listen to what your body is telling you for optimum performance.
2. Trying to do everything at once.
If you are constantly prioritizing your goals, you won’t be able to concentrate on one thing at a time. You will have trouble focusing on what’s free time and what is work for, fearing being late or disappointing someone. As a result, tasks may not get done with quality which can, on the contrary, reduce productivity levels.
The first step is knowing how much work you can actually accomplish. You may change your mind at any time, so therefore it is essential not to over-commit yourself. Think through what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly, and annually to create a schedule that doesn’t have too many tight spots.
3. Constant worry.
Constant worrying about the future is harmful to both your health and overall happiness. This negative thinking inflicts damage on your mind, body, spirit, and emotions. By worrying about things that may or may not happen, you are stuck in the future. This means you won’t be able to stay at the present and appreciate the progress. It can also lead to mental exhaustion which should be avoided when necessary. It’s important to remember that the present is what you have control over so focus on your current tasks rather than what could or might come in the future.
4. Not wanting to make mistakes.
It’s natural to fear making mistakes, but it’s also necessary for growth and success. Everybody makes mistakes and many of them end up being valuable or pivotal points in life. As children, we learn from our errors and grow wiser, which allows us to discover who we are and what we want in life. Sometimes, making mistakes may be part of the learning process, but one should always try their best to take on new challenges. Even if you fail at something important, it doesn’t mean your entire life will fall apart. Moreover, you can always learn from somebody else’s failures by observing how they respond or deal with difficult situations.
5. Living in clutter.
Clutter piles up not only physical items but also thoughts and feelings that create disarray in your mind. Everything needs a place where it belongs for you to function properly- thoughts included! Cluttered thinking inhibits peace of mind, clear decision-making, productivity, creativity, clarity, and organization skills. If you feel stressed out because of too many belongings surrounding you, try decluttering your living space first by donating unwanted items or finding others to get rid of them.
There are many ways to find motivation, however, procrastination is never good for productivity levels. There are several common reasons people give for procrastinating which include the fear of failure, perfectionism, confusion regarding what needs to be done first, or not enough time. When you are constantly putting things off until the last minute, it can have a huge impact on your emotional balance because you become stressed out about deadlines. To prevent this from happening, set reasonable deadlines between tasks that need to be completed at certain points during the day or week instead of waiting until they’re due.
7. Focusing on your negative thoughts.
Negative thoughts and pessimism can be some of the biggest downfalls in how you approach tasks each day. Not only does this sap your energy, but it also shows in the way you communicate with others. Negative thoughts are self-destructive, discouraging, debilitating, and can hinder your ability to be successful. Instead, keep a journal or start a blog to express yourself without fear of judgment. You can also share your experience with others who are experiencing the same negative thoughts like you to receive feedback on how they have dealt with them.
8. Listening to your self-doubt.
Doubting your abilities to complete a task before you dive into it is just another way of self-sabotaging. There are many things people take on without the confidence that they will be able to accomplish them, this then leads to feeling overwhelmed and stressed out which can culminate in depression or anxiety. When you doubt yourself, it’s important to remember that everyone has doubts at certain points, however, it’s not what you do with them but how quickly you recover from them that counts. It may be helpful to ask for help if needed, take breaks when possible, or remind yourself of all your past successes so you can take on future challenges with more certainty!
Although it may be difficult at times, the key to unlearn these common toxic habits is to focus on your well-being. You can’t do everything for everyone else before you take care of yourself, which is why self-care should always come first no matter what! After all, you can look after yourself better than anyone else. Therefore, start taking baby steps towards a fulfilled and positive life by making changes while synchronizing your own pace. We hope you found this article helpful, and we appreciate it if you share it with others or comment down below! Thanks for reading!
- Hamdana, Z. (2020, Oct 19). Five Bad Habits You Must Learn to Unlearn. Medium. https://medium.com/indian-thoughts/five-bad-habits-you-must-learn-to-unlearn-c387289b8bb9