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bad habits to break for an easier life THUMBNAIL

bad habits to break for an easier life DECOR

1. Not making time for yourself. Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself before others or putting aside time to do the things that fulfil you emotionally. Reconnecting with yourself is good for your well-being, which can improve your relationships and change your outlook on life for the better.

2. Holding on to toxic friendships. Most of us know at least one person who’s not good for us – it might be the childhood friend who gossips all the time or the colleague who gets a thrill out of putting you down. Keep your distance from them – such people only drain your energy and positivity.

3. Complaining about everything. It’s human nature to complain, but think about the things you complain about. Every time you find fault in someone or something, you bring a little negative energy in your life. The next time something happens that you’re not happy about, try not to get angry or frustrated. Instead, accept what happened and look for the silver lining in the situation.

4. Allowing others to dictate what you’re capable of. Only you know what you can and cannot do, so don’t listen to anyone who tries to make you think otherwise. There will always be people who may try to block your success or stop you from living the life you want. Let them say what they want, but you don’t have to listen to her advice. 

5. Taking failure personally. Mistakes are a sign of growth and we all make them; the point is to not beat yourself up when you make one too many. Instead of holding a mistake, failure or loss close to your heart, look for the lesson in it and see it as an opportunity to do better next time.   

6. Being afraid to try something new or different. Sometimes, taking a leap is necessary. After all, how will you grow or move forward if you don’t get out of your comfort zone and take some risks? If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, make this the year you get it started – whether it’s changing careers or companies, embarking on a new hobby or business venture, or even going back to school. If you can envision it, it’s possible.

7. Not asking for help when you need it. Even the most capable of us need help at times, so don’t be too proud to ask for it, whether at work or in your personal life. If it gets the job done faster or alleviates some of the burden for you, then why wouldn’t you ask for help?

8. Devoting time to things that don’t matter. Gossiping about people you hardly know, hanging out with people who treat you badly, doing favours for ungrateful people… These are not just time wasters but also energy stealers. This year, be more mindful about how you spend your precious time and energy.

9. Holding on to the past. Let this be the year you release old grudges, forgive people who have wronged you, and quit obsessing about relationships that didn’t work out. You can’t forge ahead if your mind is still stuck in the past.

10. Making important decisions hastily. Spontaneity is a good thing, but if you’re the impulsive sort, or someone who succumbs easily to peer pressure, you may want to pull back before committing to a big decision, for instance, getting married, making a big-ticket purchase, or quitting your job to travel. It doesn’t hurt to think these life-changing decisions through first. 

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