Quit It! 12 Habits To Cut From Your Life Before 2016
In a few short weeks, we will be greeting a New Year with open arms. Regardless of what happened in 2015, the New Year always comes with an opportunity to change things and make your life a little bit sweeter (or a lot sweeter).
But creating the life you want is no easy feat. It doesn’t just happen when the clock strikes 12:00 on January 1st. Moving into a New Year and expecting a new experience requires a lot more than a new attitude. It requires developing new habits and getting rid of the old ones.
So how do you determine what you need to cut out of your life as your prepare to enter the New Year? It’s simple, really. You need to cut out anything that doesn’t serve you or move you closer to the life you want to live.
Is doing that going to be easy? Maybe, but probably not. Unfortunately, we often become attached to the people and things in our lives that do not serve us. We start to feel like we need them, failing to realize that they actually drain us and bring us further and further away from what we truly want.
Here are 12 things you should considering removing from your life in the New Year. It may be hard, but doing so will help you create the kind of year you’ll want to shout about from rooftops.
1. Hanging out with the wrong people. The people you keep in your circle have a huge impact on the quality of your life. Make 2016 the year you stop hanging out with all those negative “friends” who bring drama and doubt your dreams. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and encouraging.
2. Neglecting to make your health a priority. Putting everyone first, while your health falls apart, is a bad habit that many moms have. To be the best possible version of yourself, you have to make your health a priority. If you fall apart, everything in your life will, too.
3. Telling the whole word your dreams. You can’t let everyone in on your plans. Unfortunately, everyone can’t be trusted and some people are just not rooting for you. Share your dreams with the people who deserve to hear them. Everyone else can fall back.
4. Overspending. We often spend for the wrong reasons and it can snowball into a pretty big problem. Spending to keep up with appearances, or manage your pain doesn’t serve you well. Cut back on spending and you cut back on the stress that comes with it.
5. Ignoring your depression. Depression doesn’t just get better without any work on your part. If you feel sadness settling in and you realize that all your efforts to feel better are not working, make 2016 the year you stop ignoring your sadness and take steps to get the help you need.
6. Being disorganized. I used to refer to myself as an organized mess. Now I laugh whenever I think about it. Being organized is critical and when the space around you is a mess, so are your thoughts. Organize your day-to-day life, and your thoughts will surely follow.
7. Failing to plan. I love the idea of going with the flow, but I also realize the importance of planning. Make a plan for what you want your life to look like by December 2016 and take steps to make your plan come to life.
8. Watching too much television. When I need a good dose of funny drama, I love The Real Housewives of Atlanta, too, but too much TV can become a problem. Think about all the other things you could be doing in that time. Just remember that the people you are watching are chillin’ in their wealth, while you are neglecting to create yours because you are busy watching them.
9. Abusing your hair. I am not trying to convince anyone to join #teamnatural (although I am a very happy member), but I do want you to think a little bit more about what your put your hair through. Heat, chemicals, the wrong products, and the list goes on. Regardless of how you wear your hair, give it the love it deserves.
10. Worrying. I loved it when 50 Cent told Oprah that you have to either worry or pray—you can’t do both. Leave the worrying habit behind because it doesn’t solve anything and it causes stress. Instead, use your energy to do something that will move your life in a better direction.
11. Overusing technology. I love my iPhone, iPad, Macbook and every other gadget in my life, but I have learned that I need to take a break. Using technology too much can take away from your ability to truly be present with your family. A day away from your phone every week won’t kill you. If anything, it will make your life better.
12. Not sleeping well (or enough). We need sleep. And not only that but we need quality sleep. Eating in bed, sleeping with your smart phone near by, working on your laptop in the wee hours of the night—these are all habits that prevent you from having the peaceful sleep you deserve. Make 2016 the year you get the rest your body needs.
Martine Foreman is a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, speaker and coach. To follow her journey as a busy mom, wife and honest chick from Brooklyn, NY (now living in the burbs), check out her personal blog, CandidBelle.