“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
This quote perfectly sums up the effects of habits in your life. Most of the time, you don’t even realize that you’re developing a particular habit, and you only realize how strong they are when you try to get rid of them.
By cutting out habits which are flushing away our time and energy, we are actually making more time for things which will make our life better and happier.
Here are seven habits that you should avoid doing if you want to live a better and happier life.
Wasting time on Social Media.
Social media is like a black hole whose gravity is just too strong to escape. You must have had an experience where you opened up a social media app on your phone and spent an hour on it without even realizing it! The feeds are endless, but your time is not.
You need to be mindful of your limited time and should take action to use it wisely. Limiting your social media usage or even eliminating it completely is something that should be a top priority. Just think about how productively you can use that time on other important tasks!
If you feel like you easily get distracted with social media, try to keep your phone out of sight when you’re working on something important.
You must have heard the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” It’s human nature to not be satisfied with what we have. If you live with this tendency, you will always feel jealous of other people and their achievements, which will affect your mental and emotional well-being.
Jealousy comes when you have less faith in yourself, or you may have little insecurities about something. One of the best practices to deal with jealousy is to adopt an attitude of gratitude.
A flower never competes with the flower next to it. It Just Blooms.
Telling Lies Often.
Everyone lies once in a while, and it is believed that lying is a part of human nature. If you keep telling small lies often, over time, It will become a terrible habit.
And you will become more confident to tell even bigger lies, and that ultimately has a huge negative impact on your life.
You need to remember that anything like career, relationships or others built on top of the foundation of lies will ultimately come crashing down.
Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
Getting Involved In Drama.
We don’t realize that many times, we can get sucked into unnecessary drama. This typically happens when you start poking your nose in other people’s business or when you get angry over the littlest of things.
Getting involved in other’s things is a massive waste of time and energy. Instead, you should be focused on your own life and how to achieve your goals. When we focus our energy on something we want to achieve, then naturally we start to stay away from these types of drama.
Being a Yes Man!
We are social animals, and it is only normal to entertain other people’s requests for assistance or company. You might say “yes” to someone even when you don’t really want to. For instance, you might agree to go out for a movie even when you have a lot of work to do just because you are hesitant to say ‘NO.’
Saying ‘No’ is always an option. You don’t need to give an excuse for saying No. You have limited time, and it’s wise to spend it on things that are important to you.
As an adult, you need to set your priorities straight and keep a balance between these priorities and other people’s requests. Therefore, learning to say “no” once in a while is a healthy life skill you should develop.
Focusing on the negativity.
Who we socialize with, what we read, watch, and listen to has a big effect on how we feel and think. It becomes a lot harder to be happier if you let yourself be dragged down by negativity.
Seeing the negative aspects of whichever situation you are in and dwelling on those will distract you from your goals, so don’t entertain it.
Your thoughts carry you wherever you want to go. Negative thoughts will never carry you to a happier future!
There is too much negativity in the world. Do your best to make sure you aren’t contributing to it.
Blaming other people
Blame and excuses are an easy way to give up on your responsibilities or hide your faults.
Making excuses and blaming others will keep you in a position where no one will trust you. Until you stop blaming and become positively self-critical, you are not going to move forward.
Blaming others will not help anyone. What’s done is done, and taking responsibility is the first step in correcting it.
So, Cut these habits from your life, and you will notice the positive change.