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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

5 Bad Habits You Need To Break

I am a big believer in habits. That's because it's the small every day efforts that make the big changes. 'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit'. Often we focus on the importance of introducing new habits - waking up early, exercising 5 times a week, drinking plenty of water. Sometimes though it's our existing habits that are holding us back. These are five of the habits that I think are most important to break, in order to live a happier and more successful life.

1 // Putting Yourself Down

If you wouldn't say it to a child, don't say it to yourself. As simple as it sounds, it took me a while to realise that my negative attitude towards myself was getting in the way of what I really wanted. Be kind. Make a habit of saying nice things to yourself, out loud if you have to. It might feel stupid at first but soon it'll become second nature and you'll find yourself forgetting all the nasty things you used to think. If you don't back yourself, nobody else will.

2 // Constantly Checking Social Media 

I have definitely been guilty of this in the past. At one point, my life became an endless cycle of refreshing. The highlight of my day would be realising that I'd forgotten to check a certain platform was therefore bound to find something new to look at. This is, obviously, no way to live. Whilst you're mindlessly scrolling, real life is happening! I dread to think how many hours of my life I've wasted checking Instagram, when I could be reading a great book, laughing with friends or being creative.

3 // Complaining About The Things You Can't Change (And The Things You Can)

I used to complain all the time. If you asked me how my day was, I was the kind of person that complained about all of the things that went wrong. It never made me feel good and I'm pretty sure everyone around me hated hearing me moan too. Now I'm super careful with my words and try very hard not to complain. If it's something I can't change, then complaining about it won't help. If it's something I can change, I get about doing it, rather than wasting my time grumbling.

4 // Comparing Yourself To Others

Victoria's Secret models, work colleagues, people you went to high school with - comparing ourselves with others has become easier than ever. With the growth of social media, people's perfect bodies, perfect relationships and perfect careers are constantly pushed down our throats. Rarely does this comparison do any good. Make a real effort to pause when you recognise these thoughts. Take a second to reassess, say a kind word to yourself and remove yourself from the situation.

5 // Staying In Your Comfort Zone

Most of these things are obvious when you stop and think about them, so why are we still doing them? A lot of the time it's a way to keep ourselves small. Fear of failure stops us from making positive changes. Growth happens at the end of our comfort zone. If we never do anything new, how can we expect to grow? Old ways won't bring new results. It might seem scary at first, but once you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you'll prove to yourself just how capable you are of things you'd never even dreamed of.



  1. I loved this post Emma! As a teenager I was a massive complainer too, but switching that to a more positive mindset was so worth it, now I like to notice the little things :) xx


    1. Thanks Natalie! You're so right, it makes the world of difference!

  2. YES! I could relate to every single one.. it's time to change!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    1. Yes Lisa! I'm loving seeing more and more positive people making an effort to make the world a happier place xoxo

  3. I love this. I've really pushed myself out of my comfort zone lately and it feels great! Great advice :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    1. Yay! Well done you! So scary but so worth it xoxo


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