Bad Habits Everyone Needs To Cut Back On
Each of us has bad habits; we can’t deny that. Typical examples would be smoking and drinking. But vices aren’t the only harmful practices in life. Often, many people practice a negative routine. Since everyone is doing it, it tends to be normalized, and we think indulging in it isn’t that bad.
But we also know that to improve ourselves, we have to change our behavior. The first step in doing so is identifying what things we have to cut back on. Let’s look at some practices that can keep us from being the best versions of ourselves.
Complaining And Negative Thoughts
Here’s one habit I’m sure we all have. Complaining is one of those things that’s just so easy to do that we don’t even notice when we’re doing it. We complain about work, our peers, family, significant other, and just about anything under the sun. Further, social media makes it easier for us to air out our negative thoughts.
A complaint in itself isn’t bad. It helps us release frustrations and can help others find out what needs improvement. However, it becomes a destructive pattern if we always do it. It creates a negative environment and affects everyone’s mood. Sometimes, it even keeps us from finding solutions and improving our situation. In a way, it rewires our brain to think about things negatively.
“Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood,” says Catherine Cleveland M.S., LMHC-P. Instead of complaining, we can try to offer a way of solving our problems. We can also learn to keep things to ourselves to minimize the negative thoughts we spread around.
Not Having Or Following A Budget
Have you ever found yourself praying for or eagerly awaiting your next paycheck? If this is commonplace for you, you might want to consider creating a budget. Many adults make the mistake of not having even a general guide for their income and expenses. Whether you’re swimming in money or living from one check to the other, having a budget is a must.
Your guide can be as simple as planning out your expenses and allocating money for things you need. Set specific amounts and limits for your spending. This way, you can help avoid impulsive purchases and overspending, even on necessities.
Financial health is another aspect of wellness that we have to monitor. Sticking to your budget may be difficult, but it’s crucial to keep us from suffering from debt.
Taking On Too Much Responsibility
As ridiculous and comedic as the film Yes, Man is, a lot of us are like the main protagonist. We find ourselves saying “yes” to too many commitments. Taking on too much work can only lead to burnout, leaving us frustrated, grumpy, and inefficient.
“Tied to the overthinking factor, most individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety as a mental health disorder also experience high levels of perfectionism and compulsive behaviors that begin to drive their lives,” says Wendy Iglehart MA, LCPC, LLC. We have to learn to say “no” when we’re sure that we can’t handle things. Having free time doesn’t mean that you should take on additional work or duties. Rest is also an essential part of our daily routine. Likewise, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Positive habits are challenging to pick up, but negative ones are even harder to break. Complaining is something we all do every day but can significantly affect our mood. Ignoring our financial health by not following our budget can lead us to crippling debt. And likewise, we can become severely stressed from too many responsibilities.
“Mental health issues can be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors, and can have a minor or major impact on a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors,” says Christina L. Gmyr, LMHC, NCC. To break away from all these patterns, we have to determine first which of our practices are damaging. From there, we can start to work on the process of bettering ourselves in the long run.