Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

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Everyone has some toxic habits they need to break permanently.

A good way to break free is by identifying them and working on becoming a better person.

 Some can subsequently become toxic, hindering personal growth, damaging relationships, and negatively impacting your mental and physical health.

You’ll definitely be a better friend, partner, coworker, and family member when you have a change of these toxic habits.

As a matter of fact, many of us are quick to notice the toxic trait in others but find it difficult to trim the fat, cut our faults to the bone, and get ourselves into the habit of success.

Identifying and breaking these toxic habits is crucial for leading a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Here are some common toxic habits you should work to break permanently.

Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

1. Procrastination

Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

Procrastination leads to stress, missed opportunities, and a constant feeling of being behind.

You want to get a task done but you don’t have the discipline you need to do it.

Trust me, procrastination is the biggest thief of time so, if you don’t break the habit, you may find yourself complaining about not achieving that milestone that you intend to.

To break the habit of procrastination, use time management techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, create to-do lists, and set specific, achievable deadlines.

2. Negative Self-Talk

At a point in life, you might be in that phase where everything just seems not to be working out or going in the pattern that you want them to go.

In this season, you shouldn’t talk down on yourself.

When you constantly criticize yourself, you lower your self-esteem and this can lead to anxiety and depression.

Practice positive affirmations, focus on your strengths, and challenge negative thoughts with evidence of your accomplishments.

At the end of the day, you’ll be surprised to see that even those that you look up to have their down moment but they pick themselves up and start all over again.

Shake off the fear of the unknown and let go of the thought that those who are already successful are way better than you are.

If it looks like they are better than you, maybe they doing something you’re yet to discover, trust the process and encourage yourself with positive words.

3. Perfectionism

Striving for perfection can lead to burnout, stress, and a fear of failure, often causing procrastination and inaction.

One of the facts of life is that you’ll break some eggs on your road to success and that’s because nothing will ever be perfect.

You can also strive for greatness and success but you don’t beat yourself when you miss the road.

Embrace the concept of “good enough,” set realistic standards, and focus on progress rather than perfection.

4. People-Pleasing

Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

Constantly trying to please others can lead to neglecting your own needs, resentment, and burnout.

Learn to say no, set healthy boundaries, and prioritize your own well-being and goals.

5. Comparing Yourself to Others

I’m currently in a season of my life where it seems my peers are doing better than I do and trust me; social media isn’t even helping matters.

There are days I’m tempted to tell myself; “you’re not improving or growing”, “Look at this, or that they are doing better than you are”.

However, I’ve understood that every single person runs at their own pace in life and comparison will only make you see the bad in yourself and will subsequently breed envy or jealousy within you.

So rather than comparing yourself with others channel that energy into improving and becoming a better person.

Constant comparison can lead to feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, and dissatisfaction with your own life.

Focus on your own progress and achievements, practice gratitude, and limit time spent on social media.

6. Chronic Complaining

Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

One of the toxic habits you need to break permanently is constantly complaining.

Frequent complaining fosters negativity, damages relationships, and prevents constructive problem-solving.

Practice gratitude, focus on solutions rather than problems, and try to find the positive in challenging situations.

7. Holding Grudges

Holding onto anger and resentment can harm your mental and physical health and damage relationships.

Practice forgiveness, let go of past grievances, and focus on moving forward with a positive mindset.

8. Living In The Past

Constantly dwelling on past mistakes or missed opportunities can prevent you from enjoying the present and planning for the future.

Everyone probably has a past that they are not too happy about however, you shouldn’t allow it to always overshadow the way you think about yourself, you can always make a beautiful story out of it.

Practice mindfulness, set future goals, and learn from past experiences without letting them define you.

9. Overindulgence 

Overindulgence in food, alcohol, or other substances can lead to health problems and addictive behaviors.

As a matter of fact, it could be social media. When you are excessively used to a particular thing it becomes an addiction which isn’t good for you.

Develop healthy habits, practice moderation, and seek professional help if necessary.

10. Blaming Others for Your Problems

Take responsibility for your actions, focus on what you can control, and use setbacks as learning opportunities.

11. Pointing Fingers

As time goes on in life, you’ll need to understand that nobody is really responsible for your good and bad fortune except you so you’ll need to stop blaming other people for your downfall.

12. Judging others

Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

It’s so easy to judge people from afar especially if you are in their shoes, so learn not to give judgment to people if you haven’t experienced what they going through.

Also, learn to give people the benefit of the doubt and let them be themselves, you can also assist them if you need to but judging them should be a big no.

13. Rationalizing Not Trying

Stop wishing and start building the life that you desire. Things will always remain the same way if you don’t take a chance to change them.

Define what you want and strive to go for it. Don’t spend your time on frivolities and always wish you were like others rather; use that time to build your business, improve your career, or start something new.

Stop saying “I wish I could” or” If only”, don’t wish, take a step.

14. Idolizing Those Who Already Have It

Learn from people but never idolize them or make their life a pattern for you to follow.

If they are people who already have what you aim to have, love, respect, and learn from them.

However, you must understand that they aren’t living your journey.

You can make their experience as a guide but sooner, you’ll realize that no two people have the same path to success.

15. Prioritizing Comfort

Toxic Habits You Need to Break Permanently

All through the journey of life, there are days when you’ll be comfortable and days when you would not be but if you always want to be comfortable at all times then that’s a toxic habit you need to change.

You may feel self-doubt, insecure, or even doubt yourself, just get used to it, and you’ll be fine.

Discomfort will not kill you what will is always trying to remain in your comfort zone.

16. Spending More Money For The Sake Of Convenience Alone

Financial discipline is a skill that everyone should possess.

If you find yourself always wanting to please your desires and cravings by spending more than you budget for then it’s time to tell yourself the truth.

You can save so much if you practice financial discipline.

If it means allowing yourself to go through the mall during your grocery shopping and comparing the prices to see which is more affordable or intentionally choosing not to spend beyond your budget then it’s fine.

Just be patient to look for items and materials that fit perfectly into your budget, you could eventually save the ruminants.

Strategies for Breaking Toxic Habits

1. Self-Awareness

Identify what triggers your toxic habits and work on avoiding or managing these triggers.

Reflect on the consequences and consider how these habits can negatively impact your life and relationships.

2. Set Clear Goals

Have a clear objective and outline what habits you want to break and what you want to achieve.

You can also create an action plan by developing a step-by-step plan to replace toxic habits with healthier ones.

3. Seek Support

Talk to someone and share your goals with friends, family, or a support group who can offer encouragement and accountability.

You can also consider seeking help from a therapist or coach to provide guidance and support.

4. Practice Patience

Be kind to yourself and understand that breaking habits takes time and effort. Celebrate small victories and don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up.

Keep working on your goals, even when it’s challenging because consistency is key to forming new, healthier habits.


Breaking toxic habits is essential for personal growth and overall well-being.

 By identifying these harmful patterns and taking proactive steps to replace them with positive behaviors, you can lead a healthier, happier life.

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