How to Break Bad Habits

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Smoking, soda, laziness. All of these things are classic examples of bad habits. Let’s just say 2 of those happen to be bad habits that I am constantly trying to overcome. However, there are many other habits that have negative impacts on us, yet we often don’t realize that they are bad.

One of the biggest bad habits I can fall into is having a constant negative attitude. Because I can be very blase about life, I find myself looking at things negatively. I become pessimistic, hiding behind the fear of what could go wrong in life. The simplest way to stop this habit is to try to think of things in a more positive light. I have to make a consistent effort to think of what I am grateful for, and how my bad experiences can shape me for the better.

Another habit I often fall into is staying with the wrong people. Friendships can be tough to cultivate, so it is hard to walk out on someone. However, friendships can fall apart. People can become toxic for you. Sometimes the only option left is to leave, yet you can’t breakaway. That is a horrible habit that I often find myself in. The best way to solve this problem is to be honest. Be honest with yourself and be honest with that person. People grow apart, people change, and sometimes staying in those relationships hurt you more than they help you.

There are so many bad habits in the world, and some are harder to fix than others. But the first step is to always change your mindset. Nothing is impossible — it just takes a conscious effort to change your life.

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Abby Peeler

Abby Peeler

Journalism student at the University of Kansas | Ghosted in America Podcast Host