We do a lot of talking about creating good habits, but there are also unhealthy habits that we need to watch out for.
Unfortunately, unhealthy habits are a LOT harder to break
than forming good habits.
But something really cool happens when you break a bad habit. A good habit takes its place (usually)! We are all guilty of these unhealthy habits, but it’s good to try to limit how much of these we do.
Here are 5 unhealthy habits you should get rid of to make room for those healthy habits!
Stop eating when you’re not hungry
So many of us use eating as a distraction. We try to distract ourselves from the fact that we’re bored, tired, lonely, sad, and even sometimes celebratory. The one thing all these distractions have in common is that they’re feelings. Instead of dealing with our feelings, we numb them with food.
Next time you have the urge to go for that bag of chips in the pantry stop and ask yourself what feelings are you trying to avoid? Find a way to deal with those feelings instead and walk away from the chips, my friend!
Stop letting your excuses run your life
How many times have you let an excuse be the deciding factor in your life? How many times have you said I don’t have time to exercise, or I don’t have money to eat healthily? It’s time to own up to the fact you are living your life as an excuse. Stop with the excuses and call it like it is.
If it’s important enough to you, you’ll find a way to make it happen. But stop with the excuses!
Stop wasting time on things that don’t matter
How many hours a week do you waste watching tv or scrolling social media? Next time you find yourself zoning out to the boob tube or aimlessly scrolling through pictures of other people’s lives, ask yourself if there is anything else worthwhile you could be doing?
Not having a nighttime routine
I can’t tell you how many times I go to bed with good intentions to read a self-help book, write in my journal, or do some stretching, but I usually end up scrolling on my phone and before I know it, an hour has gone by and it’s now after 11 pm!
Who else knows what I’m talking about?
And then I swear to myself I won’t do that again or I’ll try
harder and then I find myself scrolling again….
But if I created a routine, I would be more likely to do
what I set out to do.
I recently read where Brendon Burchard has a routine that
looks something like this:
- No work emails after 5 pm
- Nothing to eat after 7 pm
- No phone after 8 pm
- No tv or electronics after 9 pm
- Journal writing at 9:30 pm
- In bed by 10 pm
Having predetermined times to start winding down gets your body ready and also helps create healthy boundaries so that you make sure you’re getting enough rest to be ready to slay the next day.
Using alcohol to numb the pain or your feelings
Oh my goodness, this one is so important because it’s such a slippery slope. It starts out with a glass of wine after a bad day at work and can slowly morph into 2 glasses of wine because you’re sad or 3 glasses to help you deal with your crazy kids. And before you know it, you’re not facing any feelings and waking up with a headache each day.
I started doing this. A glass of wine after a bad day at
work… and then suddenly I was using it to numb any kind of feelings or pain so
that I didn’t have to deal with it. It happened before I even realized it. I
wasn’t addicted or an alcoholic by any means, but I was definitely using it as
a crutch so that I didn’t have to face the facts.
I’m proud to say the moment I realized that is the moment I
decided to give it a break. I didn’t decide to never have a drink again, but to
just take a break. And for some reason that has turned into 202 days with not a
drop of alcohol. And I haven’t even missed it.
Did you notice a common theme among these unhealthy habits? Most of them are due to the fact that we don’t want to face or deal with our feelings. Can you imagine what a different world we could live in if we were all taught how to properly digest our feelings?
Those feelings aren’t going to go away no matter how hard we
try to hide from them or numb them. We might as well go ahead and try to work
The best way for me to do that is through journaling and talking with friends and family. Be open-minded and don’t judge yourself. Learn the lessons you need to learn and move on. Try to be better tomorrow than you were today.
And get rid of those unhealthy habits once and for all! If you need some ideas for healthy habits, check out this post about the habits of successful people.