Toxic habits to me are habits you are practising that have a negative and harmful effect on your physical or mental health. You can have positive and toxic habits that can impact your life and help boost or stop you from succeeding. There are ways you can track your positive habits with habit trackers. In order to be successful and confident you must work through the toxic habits and mindsets that are holding you back.
I am definitely guilty of practising some of these habits, however I am consciously working on these areas. Toxic habits can not only effect your mental health but can bring so much negativity into your life, removing that negativity can help you to boost self-esteem and confidence. Are you guilty of these toxic habits? I am sharing 5 toxic habits you should quit immediately and start being successful.
1. Comparing yourself to others
It is natural to look at others in similar situations and compare. However, there will be someone who could be comparing themselves to you. Comparison can create such a negative mindset which can affect your thought process. Whenever I look to compare to another, I think about all that I achieved, or I focus on what I have achieved. The other way you can deal with comparison is to use that energy to motivate you, be inspired by that person.
2. Not believing in yourself
If you do not believe in yourself, how do you expect anyone else too? Believing in yourself and your abilities, helps boost your self confidence and motivation to be successful. It can be hard to believe in yourself, but you can start small.
I like to use a page in my bullet journal, where I focus on my positive attributes. I found this really helpful.
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3. Getting little or no sleep
Having a regular routine has so many health benefits. After doing some research I didn’t realise just how many benefits it can give you,
- Reduces stress and can improve mood.
- Lowers your risk of depression.
- Can improve concentration and productivity.
- Lowers your risk of serious health problems e,g, heart disease.
They are just a few of benefits of having a healthy sleep routine. If you have trouble sleeping start off small, keep away from technology and try to avoid caffeinated drinks late in the afternoon. Make sleep a priority.
4. Surrounding yourself with negative and unsupportive people
Spending time with negative people can be taxing on your mental health it can also causes stress and anxiety. If you have unsupportive people in your life, it can effect your self confidence. Where possible try to elimanate these negative influences from your life, it can help motivate you and you will have people in your life who want to celebrate in your success.
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5. Not eating well or enough
Similarly to not enough sleep, not eating enough or well enough can cause lack of concentration, tiredness which can lead to muscle aches and a whole host of other problems. You only have one body and it is important to look after it. I am guilty of this sometimes I will reach for junk food or a takeaway, skip a meal if I am busy. I am making a conscious effort to choose healthier choices.
Are you trying to quit any of these toxic habits? I’d love to hear in the comments.
1 &4 are really personal to me. I had to stop comparing myself to others and being around unsupportive people as I realised it was affecting my life. I wasn’t able to achieve any of my goals and felt down all of the time! Thank you for these points! Great post.
That’s great you made those changes! Thank you for reading and commenting!
Amie.🌼 (@acurvyvegan) says
II love these tips, it is so important to identify the toxic habits and look at how we can change.
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Definitely! Thank you for reading and commenting!
Castles and Hurricanes says
I’ve definitely struggled with all of these throughout my life, and I’m glad I was able to drop a few of these! Now I just need to continue and find ways to drop the rest!
That’s great! I hope you have great success with the other aspects! X
Jess Rigg says
#1 is definitely something I struggle with. Thanks for sharing this!
I hope this helps! Thank you for reading and commenting!
The comparison is something I still struggle with on a daily basis! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
I hope these tips help! X
Guilty of number 3 when things get crazy. Loved the list affirming “I Can”, “I Am” , “I’ve done”, “I Will”
Aa a mom blogger, i am struggling with enough sleep!
I can imagine 🙈 can you link your blog so I can read 😊
I hope you manage to work through them 😊
Sarvarius Evane Ravencrow says
Seems simple enough 😉
Sadly, I do numbers 1 – 3! But you’ve provided some great ideas to change these actions / ways of thinking. For number one, I like the idea of affirmations – “I am”, “I will” etc, this will be good for me to focus on throughout the week. Thanks for the tips. 😊
Thank you! I thought that exercise was important to help build self esteem! X
Fair enough and I would add stop complaining or blaming. Create a habit of accepting life as it is 🙂
Thank you for reading and commenting!
OMG no.4 is so right! I had (notice the past tense) a boyfriend who used to gaslight me and I was so in love I never noticed in. And since I’ve realised, moved on, and am now in a loving relationship life feels so much easier! Thanks for sharing
Katie | katieemmabeauty.com
That’s great you are out of that. Thank you for reading and commenting.
a Life on a Dime says
I need to work on the sleep thing. I am home 24/7 with my kids (save for grocery pickup and recycling dropoff each week) and once everybody is in bed I just want to sit in the quiet for a bit. Next thing I know it’s almost midnight and my alarm goes off at 5:15!
Oh bless you. Yeah definitely something to work on. Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you send me a link to your blog
Great tips! #5 has always been a major one for me. The wrong foods can have an affect on your whole mood and mindset! I’m still working on a consistent sleep schedule myself! I can’t seem to keep myself on a schedule.
Yeah definitely. I definitely noticed a difference when I started eating better. Thank you for reading and commenting.
1, 2 and 3 are definitely big ones that I do. I do need to change this though. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for reading and commenting.
Yeah I am working on it as well and focusing on my achievements
Jenny in Neverland says
Yes to all of these! Luckily, I don’t think I do any of these! Well, apart from the comparison point. I think a little bit of jealousy can be healthy and motivate you to do better but there’s DEFINITELY a line and too much comparison can be completely soul destroying!
Yes definitely inspiration and motivation to drive your success definitely! Thank you for reading and commenting Jenny xxx
Boomer EcoCrusader says
Sleep is definitely my biggest challenge! I do all the right things but it doesn’t seem to help. I sometimes think it’s an age thing but I have never been a good sleeper.
I am not great with sleeping.
Yeah that is not a great attitude.
I think comparing yourself to others is a really difficult habit to break as a blogger but it’s something I’m working on. Also working on not reaching for cake all the time, but hey, small steps, right?
Small steps make big changes. Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you link your blog?
Jenny in Neverland says
Yesss to all of these. Comparison is literally the worst thing ever. It can have such a detrimental impact on your mental health and when you end up in a comparison trap, it can be REALLY hard to get out of too.
Definitely. It is an easy trap to fall into unfortunately.
Fadima Mooneira says
True! These are toxic habits that can ruin life. And I need to get rid of no.3 pronto.
Can you link your blog post. It will not let me comment.
Those are great things to never forget. I need to work on surrounding myself only with good people. x
Love this post! I’m definitely trying to remove myself from negative and unsupportive people x
You will definitely see a difference.
That 4th one is a blessing, honestly. I felt visible changes.
Yes! We all definitely have to stop doing these, especially the comparing with others. Maybe you can add more to this! Good post.
This post is very true, comparing yourself to others is definitely the worst thing you can do for your self-esteem. We all need to recognise our own self-worth without comparing ourselves to others, and we need to realise that everyone moves at their own pace 🙂
Definitely, however I know it is not the easiest to stop doing.
Della Driscoll says
This post is so important to share and talk about! We all have to be our own hype girl xx
Thank you for reading and commenting.
I agree with your tips because I personally follow these tips in our daily routine and it’s awesome
All of these things are so true. Not getting enough sleep sets me up for failure in most of these areas. I compare myself to others more, eat like crap, and get very negative. If I get enough sleep, I do much better at everything else.
Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you link your blog?
These are all so true and important! Believing in yourself and not comparing to others are two bad habits I am trying to get rid of! Thanks for sharing this x
It is hard but definitely worth challenging to improve your mental health. Thank you for reading and commenting. X
This is such a great list and I think that most people likely have at least one of these they’re working on. I am working on not comparing myself to others.
Thank you. Can you link your blog?
I thought I was going have one toxic trait, but sadly I fit more of these than I’d like to admit.
Bob McInnis says
I am in a pretty good place but struggle with #2, The idleness and exhaustion of the pandemic seem to have made it more difficult to be kind to me.
Fransic verso says
I used to lack sleep but since the beginning of this year, I’m developing a new routine to fix my sleep. Great tips! Thank you for sharing!
Love, love, love this post! I’ve been writing about giving up toxic habits for 2023 lately and it’s taught me so much about myself and what I need to give up. It just goes to show that you can always change and grow, even when you think you’re already there!
Absolutely you can always grow and develop. Thank you for sharing.