Recognizing “bad habits”…

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.

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

The importance of self-improvement is often neglected, we are either hiding our inadequacies under the carpet, or in denial refusing to face them or are just happy being unaware. The truth is, you can try hide but you cannot run away from yourself. The more you run, the bigger the grave you dig because there will come a time when all those unresolved emotions will surface, leaving you overwhelmed and confused.

What’s the answer then? Start small, unpack each issue separately. Move on to becoming more self-aware, observing your thoughts, emotions and responses. Deciding to make self-improvement an essential part of your daily life.

In the same way we keep moving and breathing, the same applies for self-improvement. Ideally you should focus on continuous self-improvement at every stage of your life and become better versions of yourselves.

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