The days are long but the years are short. That’s why so many people struggle to implement healthy habits in their everyday lives and come to regret it later on. But did you know that you don’t have to settle for a mediocre, unfulfilling life? By adopting healthy habits and attitudes, you can immediately improve your life and well-being.
No, your life will never be perfect. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the time you have left here on earth! ChildLight Education Company has listed 15 unhealthy things to stop right now if you want to flourish in your personal life.
- Working a Job You Hate
Job stress is one of the most common types of stress among adults, and many people remain in jobs they don’t like because they either don’t see any other option or they’re afraid to lose the security provided by the job. However, changing your career can do wonders for your mental health and overall life, as long as you commit fully to the change and take any necessary steps to succeed.
Say, for example, if you love yoga and would like to become an instructor. If that’s the case, you would need to pursue online yoga teacher training to get certified and start your new career off strong.
If you plan to work for a different company, whether or not it’s within the same industry, you’ll need a solid, professional-looking resume. These days, you can use a good resume builder online to choose from many professionally designed resume templates. Then, you can customize your resume with images, colors, copy, and other elements that make it stand out.
Procrastination is a killer. It keeps you stagnant and behind on everything you need to do. Most people procrastinate because they simply don’t want to do the work in front of them or they don’t have the energy to persevere.
It’s critical to remember that putting things off doesn’t make them go away; it only gives you more to do tomorrow. Resolve that you’ll stop procrastinating on what you don’t want to do and you’ll quickly feel your stress levels lowering.
- Wasting Time
Procrastinating is one way to waste time, but there are many others! No other resource you have is more valuable than time, meaning you should always spend your time on productive things.
Whether it’s at work, spending time with loved ones, or tending to your personal needs, try to make the most of every minute. By the way, engaging in relaxing activities or even doing nothing can sometimes be productive if it helps you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Everyone has problems, and everyone needs to vent to other people now and then. But you want to be cognizant of how often you complain about your situation, people, or anything else.
We all know what it’s like to have a friend that seems to constantly vent without offering a positive perspective on anything. Don’t be that person! Remember that the people around you are also dealing with challenges, and no one wants to be around someone who complains all the time.
- Thinking the World Revolves Around You
The quickest way to feel alone in life is to constantly think about yourself. Keep in mind that you share the world with other people, and it’s crucial to consider the needs of others if you want to maintain healthy relationships and a good life.
Be conscious of how your words and actions impact the people around you. And try to become a little less selfish each day. You can also introduce Seva into your life, which is when you perform a “selfless service” that focuses more on others than yourself. Although it’s done with helping others in mind, Seva can have an impact on the person performing the task as well.
- Settling for Less
Too many of us become complacent at one point or another. But if you never challenge yourself, you’ll never get to new places and realize new goals. Learn the difference between being complacent and content. We all strive for contentment, but complacency is not going to get us there!
- Carelessly Making Promises
If you want to maintain friendships and get ahead in life, overdeliver on your promises. If you’re like most people, you have more than enough responsibilities on your plate, and every promise you make gives you more to worry about (and deliver on). This is why so many of us become burned out at work, in relationships, or in other life circumstances.
Try to be there for people who need you and remain available to step in to solve problems for others. And always shoot for your actions to exceed expectations. Just be careful not to promise too much with your words.
- Looking for Offense
It’s easy to get offended, but it won’t help your life in the long run. Some offense is warranted, and it’s important to learn how to deal with such situations in a healthy way. But if you’re oversensitive and your knee-jerk reaction is to take things personally, try to turn down the dial a bit.
Being easily upset means that people will take advantage of you at some point. Fortunately, you can learn to manage offensive situations without adding stress or negativity to your life.
- Talking Too Much
We’ve all been there. We opened our mouths and problems ensued. Sometimes, it’s just best not to say anything. This includes certain moments where you feel like you need to voice something important; if you simply remain silent and let the situation play out, you might find that you can say more with your actions than your words. Plus, it’s essential to practice mindful listening, which is impossible when you’re talking.
- Operating from Self-Doubt
You must believe in yourself if you want others to believe in you. And self-confidence is critical for succeeding in work, relationships, and every other area of life. Avoid creating a self-fulfilling prophecy by thinking positively. What we think becomes our reality.
- Entertaining Negativity
Just as no one wants to be around someone who complains all the time, overly critical people find it hard to maintain healthy relationships. Next time you feel like criticizing someone, ask yourself how you would feel if they were critical of you.
Whether you have good or bad intentions, those around you are not going to enjoy an attitude of negativity. Embrace a little more positivity, and a sense of collaboration then observe how you and the other person respond.
- Dining Out Too Much
Americans spend way too much money on dining out, and there’s no better way to ruin your budget! Don’t deprive yourself of the occasional treat, but learn how to cook more meals at home so you can spend your hard-earned money on things that benefit your health and well-being. Fortunately, there are countless online recipes to choose from!
- Binging on TV
There’s nothing wrong with loving TV, and it can actually be healthy to have some shows that help you wind down from a stressful day. But if you’re spending too much time in front of the screen, it can have negative impacts on your mental health, productivity, and even relationships. If you’re looking for a great alternative, consider reading a book you’ve had your eye on — the physical edition, not an e-book. Goodreads and LibraryThing are great resources to use when trying to find a book that strikes your fancy.
- Staying Up Late
You, like everyone else in the world, need a specific amount of sleep each night to operate at full capacity. If you’re a night owl who has to wake up early in the morning, stop torturing yourself and get to bed! Getting plenty of restful sleep per night will go a long way in boosting your productivity and overall health.
- Avoiding Exercise
If you have a history of avoiding any form of physical activity, you’re absolutely not alone. But that doesn’t mean it’s healthy to lead a sedentary lifestyle.
You know the benefits of regular exercise, so try to find an activity or two you don’t hate. Then, commit to doing it five days a week. You’ll have more energy, you’ll be in a better mood, and you’ll gain the confidence that you’re benefiting your long-term health.
We all know the benefits of regular exercise, so try to find an activity or two then commit to doing it a few days a week. You’ll have more energy, you’ll be in a better mood, and you’ll gain the confidence that you’re benefiting your long-term health.
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Written by Marjorie McMillian
Marjorie McMillian has been studying, practicing, and sharing the concept of whole health and wellness since “before it was cool.” She could not be happier with the strides the health and wellness community has made, including the increased popularity and broadening definition of self-care, the de-emphasis on weight loss and its relationship to overall physical health, and the long-awaited welcoming of spirituality in the world of wellness. While she doesn’t share medical advice on her website, comeongetwell.net, visitors will find reliable resources intended to help guide them on their journey to whole health.
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