7 Bad Habits to Leave in 2018

December 17, 2018 / Sharnie Carter

It’s that time of year.
The time of year where people look back on the year they have had; the good, the bad and the ugly.
But with the current year ending, it also means that a new year is beginning. The perfect time to start afresh and begin the new year as you mean to go on. That means squashing all your bad habits that may be hindering you to do so.
Out with the old, in with the new as they say. So if you want to make the most of your 2019 from the offset, there are some bad habits that you should leave in this year as the clock strikes midnight:

  • Over-thinking

A lot easier said than done, we know, but it is one that can change your life in more ways than you know. This is one of those bad habits that sneaks its way back into our lives without us knowing and creates unnecessary stress. An excessive amount of stress can lead to heart disease, weight loss and insomnia.
When you find yourself over-thinking, take a moment to yourself and assess the logic in your thoughts. What is the likelihood of this particular thing actually happening? And if it does, how can you solve it? Because in most cases, the things we stress about might not even be true!

  • Living your life through social media

How many of us compare ourselves to others through social media? Or spend an entire event documenting it through Snapchat or Facebook? Or maybe you’re someone who counts the likes on photos on Instagram – whichever you are, it needs to stop.
We’re not saying to give up social media completely, but you need to know how and when to use it. No-one documents their failures on social media so comparing yourself to others will do more harm than good. It may be nice to see other people’s successes, but it doesn’t down-grade yours in any way.

  • Lazing about on the sofa

Yes, we all need some down time for the mind and body but too much can be damaging. Time spent on the sofa is time away from your friends and family, from doing things you need to do, and from necessary exercise.
Set yourself a task of completing at least 10 minutes of exercise per day. This can be a walk in the park or a full on workout but you’ll find that you have more energy and more determination to keep up the productivity. Once you’ve got the hang of this, increase the amount of time to challenge yourself.

  • Waiting for things to come to you

It’s time to go out and get it! (whatever “it” may be). There’s no point waiting for things to come to you when you could go out and get it for yourself. Whether it be that new promotion you deserve, that person you want to ask on a date, or that holiday that you have been putting off until “the right time” – now is the right time.
Good things come to those who wait? Maybe. But even better things come to those who go out and get them.

  • Bad sleeping habits

Going to be at early hours of the morning and complaining that you’re tired the next day is not a good way to live. Chronic fatigue is a condition that most people will have and do nothing to fix.
8 hours sleep is a good average. You may require more or less depending on personal needs, but setting a good sleeping pattern will have a positive impact on your life.

  • Saying sorry too much

A word loses its meaning when it is said to much, so saying sorry excessively will reduce its impact.
Sometimes we say sorry when we don’t mean it, or as a reflex. But in 2019 you should show more confidence in yourself and your opinions by only saying sorry when you truly mean it. Don’t say it when you have bumped someone in the street accidently, you can say excuse me instead. Sorry should be reserved for those occasions that you mean it.

  • Putting everything over your happiness

You are your most important worry this year. Maintaining your happiness should be a priority so do everything you can to achieve this.
Don’t put off making yourself happy at the sake of pleasing others. In the long run, you being happy will have a knock-on effect, and make others happy without you even realising it.
These are just a few of the bad habits that everyone is guilty of, but you might have some of your own. Biting your nails, smoking, excessive drinking… whatever they are, leave these bad habits in 2018 and make 2019 your best year yet.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

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