5 Toxic Habits You Need To Quit

Toxic habits to me are habits you are practising that have a negative and harmful effect on your physical or mental health.

I am definitely guilty of practising these habits, however I am consciously working on these and some I have managed to curb. Are you guilty of these toxic habits? I am sharing5 toxic habits you should quit immediately.

#1 Comparing yourself to others

I am guilty of this sometimes, but I am trying to be better. 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.

#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,

  1. Reduces stress and can improve mood.
  2. Lowers your risk of depression.
  3. Can improve concentration and productivity.
  4. 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 not to avoid caffeinated drinks late 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 illuminate 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.

#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? Or do you have another habit you are trying to quit? I’d love to hear in the comments.


125 thoughts on “5 Toxic Habits You Need To Quit

  1. I have a really bad habit of picking my finger nails. Not chewing on them, but picking. It is a really bad habit that I just can’t seem to break. I’ve tried so many things, but I feel like nothing I do will make me stop picking. Which also co-insides not believing in yourself. Any tips? It’s something I have been doing for so long now, from at least when I was 5. Sometimes it peals the skin off my finger and it bleeds everywhere. I just wish I could stop it, but most of the time I don’t even realise that I’m doing it. It’s so frustrating!

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      1. I pick at my nails too. Certain things trigger it such as boredom or when I’m studying. It helps to keep my hands busy with something else such as paper or play-doh. I also tap my feet when I’m studying or stuck sitting in one spot for too long. Having non-vocal, instrumental music with a good rhythm/beat helps.

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  2. This is a really helpful post, Lauren! Sometimes the little changes can make such a big difference in our lives. I’ve recently started going to bed earlier, and I do feel so much more productive and energetic the next day. I love the idea of using your bullet journal to list positive attributes, that is a great way to boost confidence and self-belief when we are not feeling it. Thank you for sharing these suggestions, really inspiring post! ❤ xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  3. I’ve definitely been guilty of all 5 of these things before. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others and I guess sometimes it can be ok to do this if we try and evaluate what worked for someone else if you think hey I like this and I should try this too but not to the extent where we are unhappy that we aren’t at the place where these people are. In a digital world we can easily believe that others lives are perfect as many people only share the best part of their lives and why not it’s good in a way to celebrate and project the best parts of our lives. Through if someone else’s life seems perfect it’s unlikely that it is and even so everyone’s got different time scales and is essentially different.

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    1. That is so true! And we all feel that way, even someone you think is successful will probably be comparing themselves to someone else. That’s why I like to remind myself of everything I have achieved! Thank you for reading and commenting!


  4. Kudos to this, with comparison being high on the toxic list. I have killed so much happiness with needless comparison, and it sucks away my belief in myself.
    I will be honest and admit it has been hard to stop my mind from automatically making comparisons, and I still fail sometimes but I am getting better at loving myself, and I am happier. 🙂
    It is worth the work.

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  5. I hate comparing myself to others but I can’t seem to stop doing it. That’s why I quit social media. I’m in a better headspace when I’m not focusing on other people and instead, focusing on what’s in front of me aka. My own life. Sometimes you physically have to stop yourself if nothing else seems to work. As for a previous commenter, I too pick at my nails. I noticed I pick at them when I’m bored, such as when I’m studying. I also pull my hair out when I’m studying, but only when I’m studying. Certain tasks seem to trigger these habits.

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      1. It’s hard because it requires a ton of introspection and discipline not to compare yourself to others both online and offline. Even with good intentions, all of us end up playing the compare and despair game. I want to share a quote with you:

        “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah

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  6. Comparing yourself to others is a futile use of your time and does nothing but drag you down. And I very much agree, doing this is a very toxic habit. I used to do this too but now, I just look up to others out of admiration and inspiration instead of feeling sorry for myself. Funny how simply re-framing your mindset can work wonders!

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  7. I’m working on breaking the habit of comparing myself to others. It’s the feeling of insecurity, envious and discontented with one’s own life, it’s a thief of joy. It’s important to evaluate why do you compare yourself to others.

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  8. Comparing yourself to others is such a dangerous habit it doesn’t help and just makes you feel bad about yourself! Also not getting enough sleep is my number 1 toxic habit! I just can never fit everything into one day (probably because I procrastinate so much) but I always stay up late and get up early and wonder why I am so tired all the time!

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  9. I agree with so many of these. I used to be so bad at constantly comparing myself to others. It’s still something I need to work on sometimes. I think we’re all guilty of some of these things sometimes x


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  10. Oh wow did you write this about me? I am definitely guilty of so many of these…especially #1!!! But at least being aware of it is the first step towards getting better. I love those lists you’ve made. It definitely helps to put things into perspective.

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  11. 2 out of 5 is not that bad is it? I’m guilty of comparing myself to others and I barely get any sleep but that’s because of little one so something I can’t help. This is a great post, I’m definitely learning to believe in myself a bit more xx

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  12. YES! Being kinder to myself has been a constant work in progress. I think the last year has been the year where I’ve seen the biggest growth in my confidence and self-estreem. While it’s not a linear process and there are some days that I don’t feel that way at all. I definitely have to say that your 5 habits are a great start to the journey to love ourselves. Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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  13. I really needed to read this post today! I’m always comparing every aspect of myself to others. One thing I loved is the list of positives rather than negatives. Thank you for the daily dose of inspiration xxx

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  14. I agree with comparing with others. We often get so busy comparing ourselves to other people but we forget we are enough capable of doing everything in this life.

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  15. I agree!! I’m so proud of myself for ending a friendship that was so unsupportive and took a big amount of my energy. I don’t think anyone should waste their precious time on people who don’t really care and take a lot of your mind and energy. Great post!!

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  16. I’m guilty of pretty much all of these at times – but especially the comparing yourself one! I’m the first person to compare anyone’s success against my own and its so difficult to snap out of it once you start. Definitely something I’m working on but it’s easier said than done! Xx

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  17. Yes! Totally agree! It’s so easy to compare yourself with others with all this social media around us. Sometimes you just got to turn it off!


  18. I’m guilty of number 1. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others especially to people my age. When I see my peers more successful, than me, they have bright future, goals, travels a lot. I can’t helped but get envious and compare my life to them. I need to stop comparing myself because everyone is different. We all have different skills and paths and we just need to follow them. 🙂
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  19. I’m guilty of doing pretty much all of these things, especially comparing myself to others and we should all take a step back and remember we are who we are for a reason – we are good enough! Thank you for sharing and reminding us to be nicer to ourselves!

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  20. I’m guilty of doing many of the above to be honest but it’s something that I am changing and working on. Last year, I surrounded myself with positive people and said goodbye to negative people and I’m so happy that I did. Such a great post and something I needed to hear today 🙂

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  21. I’ve been making a real effort this year not to compare myself to others and to focus on what I can do and the sort of person I am so these first two prompts really struck home for me. Baby steps, I don’t always succeed, but it’s great to be reminded. And wow, massive congrats on 100 hours of volunteering, Lauren, that’s amazing! xxx

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