You see there are a few habits we all have that are holding us back, big time, and it’s time to let go. Giving up on these things will leave so much room and energy for you to live your best life. Let’s get started:
- Needing to always be right
We’re all human, meaning we can all make mistakes and, wait for it, we can all be wrong. The trick is to pick your ‘fights’ and to realise that sometimes it’s better to choose kindness over ego.
This one goes without saying. Not convinced? Here are some facts:
- Every cigarette you smoke reduces your expected life span by 11 minutes.
- A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
- Exposure to Secondhand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.
- Smoking makes your hair turn gray faster, a study found.
- Speaking to yourself like an enemy
Negative self-talk can be so destructive and most of the time we’re feeding ourselves lies. It’s about time we gave up on self-bashing and start treating ourselves with the respect and patience we deserve.
Junk food is low in nutrients and fibre and high in sugar, fat, and calories. It isn’t any wonder why when we choose diets high in processed food, we feel so tired all the time. It’s time to cut back on junk food and read the info on the back of packaging. Do it for your future self.
Here’s a test for you, give up on complaining for just one week and see how your energy levels shift. You’re in charge of your own happiness and life is so much happier when you live it as an optimist. Never underestimate the power of positivity.
- Sitting in the sun without sunblock
Unless you like the idea of skin cancer, it’s time to head into shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm and when you do spend time in the sun, invest if a good sunblock with an SPF of at least 30. Your health is far more important than a tan, trust us!
The only thing standing in your way is yourself (and that negative self talk we spoke about earlier). After all, everything is possible if you’ve got a little nerve!
How boring it is to live a life that is purely about making sure everyone likes you. It’s like Dita von Teese once said, “ You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” Strive for authenticity instead.
- Bad relationships and jobs
You don’t have to settle with bad friends, lovers, and even family. The same goes for your job. If you don’t like where you’re at, move! You are not a tree.
You see, quitting doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ‘giving up’, but rather that you are choosing what is good and right for you. By shifting your energy from bad habits and focussing on what frees you, you start living your best life.
Have you given up on any of the ideas on our list? We’d love to hear your story!