If you want a fresh start in life, say goodbye to these 13 bad habits

Eliza Hartley by Eliza Hartley | March 9, 2024, 11:51 am

Have you ever wished for a ‘reset’ button? A fresh start in life? Well, guess what? You can make that happen. And it’s simpler than you might think.

It’s all about ditching some bad habits.

In this article, we’re going to chat about 13 habits that could be standing in your way. And they’re like pesky roadblocks on your journey to a better life.

But once you’re aware of them, you can work on knocking them down.

Iif you’re ready for a change, stick around. Let’s dive in. It’s time for your fresh start!

1) Sleeping in

We’ve all had those days when the alarm goes off and all we want is just five more minutes of sleep.

But here’s the thing: sleeping in can actually make you feel more tired throughout the day. It messes with your body clock and can make it harder to fall asleep at night.

Do yourself a favor and resist that snooze button. Getting up when your alarm first goes off can help set the tone for a productive, energized day. It’s not always easy, but trust us, your future self will thank you.

2) Skipping breakfast

Ever dash out the door with only a cup of coffee for breakfast?

We’re all guilty of it. But skipping the most important meal of the day isn’t doing you any favors.

Breakfast fuels your body and brain after a long night’s sleep. It kickstarts your metabolism and helps you focus during those crucial morning hours.

Try to make time for a healthy breakfast, even if it’s something quick and simple like a banana or a yogurt.

3) Neglecting exercise

I’ll be honest, I used to think morning workouts were for the birds. The idea of getting up an hour earlier to sweat it out didn’t exactly appeal to me. But then I gave it a shot, and boy, was I wrong!

Exercising in the morning not only wakes up your body but also your mind. It gets your blood pumping and releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones that put a spring in your step.

Now, I’m not saying you need to run a marathon every morning. Even a simple walk around the block or a 10-minute yoga sequence can make a huge difference.

4) Spending too much time on social media

Did you know that the average person spends about 145 minutes on social media every day?

That’s more than two hours of scrolling, liking, and commenting. Social media can be a great way to stay connected, but spending too much time on it first thing in the morning can set a negative tone for your day.

Instead of reaching for your phone as soon as you wake up, try spending the first few moments of your day in peace and quiet.

Read a few pages of a book, meditate, or simply enjoy your morning coffee in silence. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed and focused you feel.

5) Not expressing gratitude

Life can get busy and stressful, and it’s easy to get caught up in our worries and problems. But amidst all the chaos, it’s important to take a moment to appreciate what we do have.

Expressing gratitude first thing in the morning can positively shape the rest of your day. It puts you in a positive mindset and helps you focus on the good in your life, rather than dwelling on the negatives.

This doesn’t need to be a big task – simply think of one thing you’re grateful for when you wake up. It could be something as simple as a warm bed or a loved one. This small act of appreciation can make a massive difference in your outlook on life. A little gratitude goes a long way!

6) Procrastinating

Alright, I’ll confess – I used to be a serial procrastinator. Whether it was a challenging work task, doing laundry, or even making a phone call, I’d put it off until the last possible moment.

But here’s what I learned: Procrastinating doesn’t make the task go away. It just hangs over your head, causing stress and anxiety.

And guess what? Once you finally get around to doing it, it’s often not nearly as bad as you imagined.

So now, I tackle the most challenging task first thing in the morning. It’s like ripping off a band-aid. Once it’s done, it’s done and I can move on with my day without that nagging feeling in the back of my mind.

Give it a try – you might just find it liberating!

7) Ignoring your feelings

Let’s get real for a moment. We’ve all been there.

You’re feeling down, worried, or stressed out, but you brush it off. You tell yourself you don’t have time to deal with it right now.

But here’s the hard truth: Ignoring your feelings won’t make them go away. In fact, it can make things worse. Those emotions can build up and eventually explode in ways you never expected.

It’s okay to feel what you’re feeling. And it’s important to acknowledge those feelings, even if they’re uncomfortable.

Take a moment each morning to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What’s on your mind?

Give yourself permission to feel and process those emotions. It’s not easy, but it’s a crucial step towards better mental health and happiness.

8) Overloading your to-do list

Did you know that our brains can only handle about seven items in our short-term memory at any given time? That’s right – when it comes to productivity, less is often more.

It’s tempting to load up your to-do list with every task under the sun, but this can actually make you feel overwhelmed and less productive.

Instead of trying to conquer the world in one day, focus on a few key tasks. Prioritize what truly needs to be done, and give yourself permission to save the rest for another day.

9) Not taking breaks

I used to believe that in order to be productive, I needed to work non-stop. Lunch breaks were for the weak, right?

Wrong. I learned the hard way that not taking breaks actually leads to burnout and reduced productivity.

Taking short breaks throughout the day helps to replenish your mental resources, improve focus and creativity. Now, I make it a point to take a short break every hour or so, even if it’s just getting up to stretch or grab a glass of water.

It’s made a world of difference in my work and my overall well-being. Don’t underestimate the power of a good break!

10) Not setting boundaries

Here’s a hard pill to swallow: Not everyone deserves your time and energy.

As much as you might want to be there for everyone and do everything, it’s just not feasible. Setting boundaries is not about being selfish, it’s about self-preservation.

It’s okay to say no when you’re overwhelmed and turn off your phone to take time for yourself. Don’t forget this, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

11) Trying to please everyone

This one hits close to home. I spent years trying to make everyone else happy, only to end up feeling empty and unfulfilled myself.

The truth is, you can’t please everyone and that’s okay.

You are not responsible for other people’s happiness. Your first priority should be your own well-being. Make decisions that align with your values and make you happy.

At the end of the day, the only person you need to please is yourself.

12) Comparing yourself to others

In this age of social media, it’s easy to fall into the comparison trap.

But here’s the thing: Comparison is the thief of joy. It will leave you feeling inadequate and unhappy.

Most of the time, what you see on social media is often just a highlight reel. Everyone has their own struggles and challenges that they don’t share online. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own growth and progress.

13) Not living in the present

We often spend so much time worrying about the future or dwelling on the past that we forget to live in the present. But life is happening right now, in this very moment.

Try to savor the present moment, whether it’s enjoying a meal, spending time with loved ones, or simply taking a deep breath of fresh air.

Mindfulness can greatly improve your mental well-being and make you appreciate life more.