Swap Your Bad Habits for Good Habits

Everybody has bad habits. It doesn’t have to be something big like smoking or drinking– it could be as small as procrastinating, or being unorganized. We often use these things as coping mechanisms to avoid, or maybe forget about, responsibility or stress. When these start to add up, it can make a person unpleasant and unproductive. This is when you know it’s a good idea to kick the bad habits and start fresh– but it’s not always that easy.
Instead of trying to quit these habits cold turkey, try replacing them with more positive, healthy routines. You’ll find that these substitutes not only do a better job of helping you deal with stress, but also have rewards of their own.
Here’s a list of common bad habits, along with some recommended alternatives:

Bad Habits

  • Eating junk food
  • Nail biting
  • Drinking
  • Procrastinating
  • Shopping
  • Being messy
  • Swearing
  • Smoking
  • Watching too much TV

Good Habits
  • Go for a walk
  • Do pushups, jumping jacks, or crunches
  • Meditate
  • Do yoga
  • Play music
  • Read
  • Take a rest
  • Be social– call a friend or family member
  • Eat a healthy snack
All these things can enrich your life. None of them take too much time out the day, and when you’re done with them, you’ll feel more refreshed and find that you’re more productive! Rock on!
Do you have any positive habits that aren’t on my list?
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