40% of your daily actions are automatic. A lot of our daily lives depend on our habits which are automatic. In other words, we don’t really think before we act. This makes sense. Imagine having to consciously remind yourself to breathe, eat, sleep, and walk! Habits serve us in such a way that we do not need to expend energy to remember the essential things in life.
However, with good habits like personal hygiene and eating right, comes bad habits. Today, we look at some toxic habits that you may have without you even knowing and that could potentially be harming your mental or physical health.
1. Comparing yourself to others
The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself! Just as you should not equate apples and bananas just because they’re both fruits, you should not compare yourself to your colleague, friend, or siblings. Everyone is embroiled in different situations, and backgrounds. Your skills are also unique. Remind yourself that comparing isn’t fair when we’re all so different.
Instead of comparing your current success to someone else’s success, compare how successful you are now to how much more successful you could be. Concentrate on your talents and what you excelint. Don’t compare yourself to others; instead, concentrate on yourself, what you’re good at, and how you can meet your goals.
2. Ignoring your body
Your body tells you a lot of things, such as when it’s dehydrated, when it’s hungry, when it’s sleepy, when it’s time to walk, and when it’s time to slow down.
Therefore, it is important to be mindful of what your body is trying to tell you. The toxic habit of not really listening to your body is one of the most significant ways you may be depleting your energy.
Tuning in to your body and actually learning to listen to the subtle signals it sends you will empower you to fight fatigue and energy exhaustion before it is all too late!
3. Always wanting more
It is good to have goals and aim for more. However, when it comes to losing sight of why you want more, things can turn sour. For example, if you always find yourself thinking “I will be happier when I switch jobs” or “I will be happier if I am in a relationship”, only to realise that achieving these things do not actually make you happier, it is time for you to change the way you think.
Happiness comes from being in the moment, from being grateful for what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t have!
Getting rid of toxic habits
Now that you have identified the toxic habits that you may have, it is time to make a change. You would be surprised how cutting out these habits will dramatically change your outlook on life, mental well-being, and physical health!