7 Bad Habits That Are Holding You Back And How To Break Them

7 Bad Habits That Are Holding You Back And How To Break Them

Written by Mark Lounsbury, Posted on , in Section Relationships That Matter

If you're trying to improve your life, then you probably know how difficult it can be to overcome bad habits you've already established. This list is meant to give people going through this struggle advice on dealing with some of the most common problems that can hold them back.

1 - Failing to exercise

It's easy to get trapped in a pattern where you go to work all day then spend your night just sitting on the couch. Motivating yourself to get exercise can be tough, but it is well worth the struggle. If you begin to exercise just a few times a week, you will see yourself lose weight and improve both your physical and mental health. Start by setting small goals and sticking to them. The key is to ease into an exercise regimen and make sure that it becomes a regular part of your life.

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2 - Smoking

Not only is smoking bad for your health, it's expensive. However, because nicotine is so addictive many people don't even bother trying to quit. If you are ready to get the tobacco monkey off your back, your first step should be to get some nicotine gum or patches. A possible alternative to this could be an e-cigarette. These deliver a nicotine vapor and many people have found it to be an easy way to ease of cigarettes. In addition, for some people things like hypnosis and group meetings can be helpful ways to fight this addiction.

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3 - Eating late at night

If you get hungry late at night, it's easy to start snacking and end up eating more than you intended. This can be harmful, as it disrupts your sleep and throws off your metabolism. If you struggle with this, try breaking your meals up during the day into smaller snacks. This will keep your metabolism moving fast and make it so you aren't so hungry right before bed.

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4 - Procrastination

It can be hard to stay motivated, particularly with all the distractions we are surrounded by in the modern world. If you find that you struggle with procrastination, try setting small goals for yourself that are easy to achieve. Going through a serious of small tasks can make it easier to stay motivated that just tackling a big job all at once.

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5 - Failing to budget your money

Finances are an incredibly important part of life, but many people make choices that force them to live paycheck to paycheck. If you're in this situation, sticking to a budget could make a huge difference in the way you live. There are a number of free programs you can download that will help you with this process and get you on the right track towards financial stability.

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6 - Drinking

Alcohol is harmful to your health and can be a major expense if you are drinking regularly. If you want to deal with your drinking, start by just trying to practice moderation. Only allow yourself to have two drinks when you go out with your friends. As time passes, you will find yourself less dependent on alcohol and can reduce your intake even further if you wish.

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7 - Poor food choices

Diet can be a big part of your health and how you feel throughout the day. If you're constantly eating fast food, drinking soda, and just making poor food choices in general, then you've probably already noticed this. Try to get back on track by just moderating the amount of bad food you eat and substituting in healthy choices. This is much easier than just trying to completely cut these bad foods out of your diet.

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