We all have bad habits that we ignore and hope they go away on their own. Realistically though, breaking bad habits takes time and effort. The good news is that it’s not impossible.
When we talk about bad habits, we typically think of things like eating junk food, not exercising, or not sleeping enough. The problem is, we rarely pay attention to what these bad habits might do to our mental health. It’s incredibly important to pinpoint your bad habits and begin to change them in order for your mental health to improve. Below are some suggestions on how to overcome common unhealthy habits that plague the majority of people.
Searching For Excellence, Not Perfectionism
Doing a task perfectly feels great in the moment, but a need to be perfect all the time can and will negatively impact your mental health, as well as increase your stress and anxiety. Striving to be your best is not a bad mindset to have, but when you start to only accept perfection it becomes an unhealthy habit. Try practicing mindfulness in order to steer yourself towards excellence instead of perfectionism.
Practice Positive Self-Talk
Most people tend to be too harsh on themselves. Think about it. What do you say to yourself after a mistake or after you feel you have failed? Would you talk to another person the way you talk to yourself in these moments? The problem is, we aren’t paying attention to our negative self-talk and the effect it has on our mental health. Instead, tune in to your inner monologue and start practicing positive self-talk instead.
Limit Phone Use and Social Media
It can be difficult to stay away from your phone, as many of us now see it as an extension of ourselves. When you use your phone too much, you are missing out on the real world and real connections. There is no doubt that overusing your phone (especially social media) can negatively impact your mental health, so it is essential to limit your use to stay balanced.
When you push off a task until the very last minute, you are more likely to encounter stress and anxiety responses in your body. These responses can negatively impact not only the facet of your life in which you procrastinated, but can also impact every other aspect of your life by the stress and anxiety bleeding over into them. Instead, try incorporating good time management techniques into your daily life to diminish your procrastination.
While habits cannot be changed overnight, you can find healthier habits to incorporate slowly into your daily life to replace the unhealthy habits. And, before you know it, you will kick your unhealthy habits and be a better version of yourself.
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