5 Habits  You Need to Stop Right Now

As we enter adulthood, our habits become more and more ingrained. For better or worse, these daily patterns of thought and actions have the power to ultimately define our life story.

We all want the happy ending but in order to achieve it, we may need to start making some huge changes. Read on to discover what habits you need to stop before your life can start.

1. Stop worrying.

A natural human response to the unknown, worrying nevertheless accomplishes nothing except distracting you from enjoying the here and now. If you find yourself caught in the trap of worrisome thinking, ask yourself if you have control over in the situation.

If the answer is “yes,” don’t hesitate to act. Responding in a proactive manner will help put your mind at ease, and lead you one step closer to lessening your stress. If the answer is “no,” let it go. Everything will unfold in due time and worrying won’t change the outcome.

2. Stop numbing yourself.

There’s a time and place for a good Netflix binge or Facebook stalk sesh, but if you find yourself using technology to intentionally escape the realities of day-to-day living, you may need a wake-up call.

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Though such activities might make us feel good in the short-term, hours can often slip by with nothing to show for it. Or worse, we may begin comparing our own life stories to the internet-enhanced ones we’re bound to come across.

Start living your own dream life by putting down your smart-phone, exploring some new hobbies, and doing activities with the ones you love.

3. Stop putting things off.

We are all guilty of procrastination, whether it’s the small day-to-day things or a bigger life goal. We say, “I’ll do it later,” but the reality is that something will always be competing for our attention. The unfortunate result of waiting is that we often experience later stress and pressure, or fail to complete the activity all together.

A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself whether a task can be accomplished in two minutes or less. If it can, do it immediately. Don’t put it off a second longer. In terms of life goals, begin now. We’ll only get busier as we age, so take advantage of this time.

4. Stop causing yourself harm.

Whether it’s excessively indulging in fast-food, focusing on the negative, or doing things because you think you “have” to, it’s time to put on the brakes. Life is short and in order to increase both the quality and the quantity of your own, some changes have to be made.

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Start cooking fresh, homemade meals. Begin exercising. Make a list of everything you’re grateful for and review it daily. Be easier on yourself and start doing things that make you happy. Enjoy being a healthier you.

5. Stop being afraid.

Wherever life finds you at this moment, be sure it makes you proud. Your story is different and unique from anyone else’s so don’t be afraid to love, try new foods, go on adventures, or be joyful.

Don’t get so consumed with fear of the unknown that you overlook the many blessings you already have. Be bold and be brave. Life has a lot of good things in store.

As we move through our twenties, these habits can pull us down and hold us back if we aren’t careful. It’s in our best interest to outsmart them and change them now before they become deeply ingrained in our identities.