Recognizing your bad habits will change your perception.

Everyone does something that could be considered a bad habit. From poor communication to the way you eat, we all do things that may be viewed as uncommon or unusual. But what happens when your bad habits start to become more than just that? How do you know if what you’re dealing with? Or recognizing signs that negative behaviour is holding you back from life’s possibilities.

Let’s start with the definition of a bad habit, as it has many interpretations and is different for everyone. Habits are considered a negative behaviour pattern when they consume your ability to complete regularly simple or basic tasks. Habits are believed to be ‘disorders’ when pre-occupation is so intense, that you start ignoring the things you enjoy, and you begin bargaining with your self-care.

The secret to improving your habits is the decision to take action.

Some common examples would include procrastination, overspending, nail-biting, self-neglect, out of control eating, watching too much television or excessive social media viewing. If you’ve been questioning yourself on a few “bad habits” of yours or someone has commented on your ‘bad habits’, here’s a few examples that may be potentially harming your lifestyle, relationships and your mental health.

  • Comfort eating or isolation
  • Out of control spending
  • Negative self-talk
  • Saying ‘YES’ all the time
  • Signs of low self-value
  • Believing self-limiting beliefs

What to do next?

Create a vision board, where would you like to be in 5 years? Which accomplishments do you want to tick off your list? Which areas of your personality do you want to strengthen? Remember to include some fun features as well:

  • What are your goals for the coming year?
  • 3 things that you’re amazing at?
  • Which fears do you want to overcome?

Change and growth can only be accomplished when you step out of your comfort zone. It allows you to face your fears, try new things, take risks and challenge yourself. There will be times when you’ll discover a new side of your personality and there will also be times when you will fall. The important thing is that you stand up and keep walking forward.