Bad Habits You Should Have Left Behind In 2021 If You Want To Be Happier In 2023

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Hey loves, welcome to today’s post and today we will be looking at habits you should have dropped since 2022. So my last two posts has been on habits, the first being how to cultivate good habits that sticks following ten simple strategies and great habits that will change your life in 2023. If you haven’t checked them out be sure to do so after reading this.

Habits That You Should Have Left Behind in 2022

1. People pleasing

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of people pleasing. You just want to please everyone, you don’t want anyone to hate you and want everyone to like you. Sometimes it can also be that you don’t want to say no to someone so you end up doing what the person wants you to do or you just don’t want to see their bad side by not doing what they want. People pleasing is a complete waste of time and energy. Do what you want to do, they all wouldn’t like you anyway. Prioritize yourself, if you don’t want to do it by all means, don’t! Don’t try to please everyone because you’ll not like yourself for that plus it’s really draining too.

Do yourself a favour and please yourself instead of other people because in the end you are what truly matters.

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2. Procrastination

This is one big bad habit a lot of us are guilty of, myself included. It’s so easy to put something off, well I will do it later until later becomes never. One thing I’ve started doing is just doing what I want to do immediately I realize I need to do it if not I’ll most likely forget about it or put it off when it comes up again or just decide it’s not worth my energy. We all need to quit this or at least minimize it so we can be able to work effectively.

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3. Being too hard on yourself

This is something I don’t really do because I don’t like stress and being hard on myself is stressful enough and it most often leads me to overthinking or comparing myself to someone else so I’ve learnt to treat myself with delicate care and compassion. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if where you are at isn’t where you want to be, that’s fine, just keep moving. You will surely get to your destination as long as you don’t give up. There’s no point in beating yourself up in what is, what could have been or what is to come. Just breathe and take it easy.

A sad woman

4. Overthinking

Overthinking is so draining, it just drains you physically and mentally. There’s no point at all in overthinking things because it can lead to anxiety and you don’t want that. Quit overthinking the little things and even if it’s a big thing it will still be fine in the end. Yes it’s okay to think about your next plan of action but don’t think too much about your past actions because you can’t change them and overthinking makes you think negatively and drain you of your happiness and we all want to be happier this year.

Check out these helpful tips

simple ways to stop overthinking and 20 powerful affirmations to help you stop overthinking

5. Comparing yourself to others

“Oh my gosh, look how she’s living, she just bought a car and I don’t even have a bicycle to my name. I haven’t even achieved anything. ”

I know in our hearts of hearts we’ve all compared ourselves to someone at one point. Comparing yourself to someone doesn’t do you any good. Looking at this statement above, how do you think the speaker will feel after saying that? Will he/she be proud of themselves?

There’s no need to compare your behind the scenes to somebody else’s highlight. Understand that your journey is different and the person might have been working for that for a long time and you just starting cannot magically reach that level. Good things take time, stop the habit of comparing yourself to others.

One tip that has worked for me is staying of posts that can trigger that and lately I’ve been seeing people my age buying Benz, Range Rover and all those high end cars and seriously it doesn’t bother me because I don’t know what they did to get that and I know our timing is completely different so there’s no need to beat myself up that my life is dull and I’m not “living life” yet because I know I still will. Another tip is to just admire them instead of envy them. For more tips check out this post.

How to stop comparing yourself to others!

6. Living in the past

You need to live in the now, stop dwelling in the past. Move on from all the what could have been, what was and what ifs. It’s time to move on and let go past hurt and pain. Live in the now, think good thoughts about your future. Because things didn’t turn out well in the past doesn’t mean it’s always going to be like that. It’s okay to be present and live your life focusing on right now and not then.

An old woman staring at a picture of her and her late husband

7. Feeling insecure

I know we all have something we feel insecure about but learning to accept yourself and your faults will really change things. You are not supposed to be perfect, no one is. If you have a flaw somewhere, someone else has worse. Stop feeling bad because you don’t look a certain way or have a certain thing. It’s how you take it that matters, you can choose to be ashamed and feel dejected or you can choose to own it.

how to deal with your insecurities

8. Being Negative

If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts and speaking negative things to yourself and others soon enough no one will want to hang around you. No one wants to around someone that constantly sees the bad in all situations. You don’t have to be like that, stop the negative self talk, stop doubting yourself, stop hating yourself. Learn to speak good things to yourself and others, it’s not going to cost you anything and it will definitely make you feel better. Be positive, it doesn’t matter what the situation is or what you’ve been through. Good things still happen, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, be your light as well as a light to others. Be positive and help others be positive. Negativity is not something anyone likes and I know sometimes you can’t just help it but you can try by saying or thinking something positive each day until it becomes a habit. Leave negativity and embrace positivity, it is what’s best for you.

There you have it loves, bar habits you should have said goodbye to in 2022 that will make you happier in 2023. Comment below and let me know which habit you’ve said goodbye to and which one you are trying to say goodbye to.

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Let’s not forget to be positive and spread positivity wherever we are. We’ve got this. Here’s to a better and happier life in 2023 🍾🥂

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  1. In 2020 I said goodbye to comparing myself to others, being too hard on myself, living in the past and over thinking. I’m still trying to say goodbye to people pleasing, procrastinating and feeling insecure.

    1. It’s great to hear that you have said goodbye to all that and for the rest you can still work on them. Keep up the good work 💪

  2. What a fab post! Definitely got my thinking about what I should be leaving behind – such as toxic people and overthinking. Thanks for sharing.

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    1. Thanks for reading. You should definitely leave those behind.

  3. Being to hard with yourself title is very bad habit. Great post 😉 I really enjoy reading it
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks for reading. Being hard on yourself is really bad.

  4. Great tips, I totally agree with this post! I have to work on overthinking and people pleasing the most, they’re so counter-productive.

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

    1. Yes they are. Good luck with getting over them. Wishing you all the best.

  5. I really really really need to quit bad habit no. 3, 4, 6 pronto! Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thanks for reading. We all need to do away with them.

  6. I really really really need to quit bad habit no. 3, 4, 6 pronto! Thank you for sharing this with me. Good post.

  7. I have got rid mostly of comparing myself to others, but still working on people pleasing, procrastination and overthinking, but hopefully will work on those this year. thanks for sharing this, it was very helpful x

    1. Thanks for reading. I’m glad you found it helpful and that you are also working on breaking these habits.

  8. Being too hard on yourself – is a lil hard to stop! But I’m trying! 🙈

    One other habit to leave behind is to stop believing everything you see on social media!!!!

    1. Lol, I totally get you on the social media one. It’s good that you are honest with yourself and know that it’s something you need to stop, you can be more conscious about it now.

  9. Love it. Number 1 is my aim this year. Learning to say no is saving me a lot of headaches!

    1. Thanks. Learning to say no definitely saves us from lot of stress and unnecessary work load.

  10. Yes! I love this! While I don’t subscribe to the idea of setting New Year’s resolutions, I do believe that the start of a new year is a great opportunity to draw a line in the sand when it comes to considering our bad habits or the development of new habits. It gives you that feeling of a ‘clean start’ which can be incredibly motivating. This year, I am vowing to believe in myself more because I know that my self-criticism has been holding me back from achieving some of my goals.

    1. That’s great. It’s good that you’ve realized an area you are not pleased in and you are hoping to improve. Good luck with that. Believe in yourself, you are amazing. 💯

  11. Yes to getting rid off all of these! 🍾

  12. You’ve mentioned some great points. I definitely want to try to not be negative this year. I don’t want to start telling myself that I can’t or shouldn’t do something. Instead I’m going to tell myself to try everything to the best of my ability.

    1. That’s a really good thing to do. Being positive and believing in yourself is awesome. Way to go 👏

  13. I for 1 am i people please but this year it will be different

    1. That’s good to know. This year will definitely be different. 💯

  14. Great tips. I should definitely stop being hard on myself❤❤❤

    1. Thank you 😊
      Yeah you should, you’ll feel so much better about yourself that way.

  15. You are so right! these are all things to consider to leave behind. here’s to growth and change in 2021!

    1. Here’s to growth and change 🥂

  16. Great tips! Pleasing people is not really good. Looking for people’s attention and make you forget about yourself. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yes it also doesn’t that, that’s why we shouldn’t fall into that trap. Thanks for reading. 🤗

  17. Not me reading this and still doing 7/8 haha! My worst one is definitely overthinking, I completely let my mind run away with the smallest of thoughts and all it does is make a bad situation out of something that never really existed! But here’s to working on changing those things in 2021!

    1. Exactly! Sometimes we just make a mountain out of a mole hill and if we could just stop for a while we will be like, “how did I even come up with this?” 😅

  18. Said goodbye to all apart from people pleasing. But that will change today cause it isn’t how much u please someone that u will get pleased back, u might just get shenkd

    1. Yeah definitely. It’s good that that you don’t do most of them and want to change the one you still do. Good luck 👍

  19. I am a natural over thinker, it’s in my DNA, I can’t help it. But I am trying to be better!


    1. You’ll get better with time. ❤️

  20. These are all amazing things to try and leave behind! I’m such an overthinker and often work out the worst outcome of everything, but I’m really trying to get better at positive thinking!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    1. You should definitely try getting over it and speaking and thinking more positive things.

  21. All excellent things to leave behind! My worst habits that I need to leave behind include not getting enough sleep or exercise. Sleep is the hardest since the pandemic started.

    1. Oh, I’m sorry about that. I hope you get to sleep better soon.

  22. I’m still working on getting rid of being too hard on myself. It’s been a struggle my whole life. My brother says I’m not type A like most people, I’m type A+. Makes sense.

    1. One day you’ll completely be done with it. 💯

  23. These are all really great suggestions! I’ve definitely been working towards eliminating these from my life – but it’s definitely a work in progress.

    1. That’s great, wishing you all the best. 🤗

  24. Yesssss I am SO done with people pleasing! Really trying to combat my overthinking too! There are some really great ideas in this post so thank you!
    Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com

    1. That’s great. Keep up the good work 💪
      Thanks for reading 🤗

  25. These are all so true, I read somewhere that we’re all becoming ‘overambitious snowflakes’ because we’re so hard on ourselves we feel like we’re constantly failing! Great post, I really wnjoyed reading.

    1. I haven’t heard of that term before but we really need to stop pressuring ourselves over things we get to achieve or not achieve. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading. 🤗

  26. This was such an amazing post! I am a massive people pleaser and it is definitely something I will be personally working on this year. Here’s to a better 2021 for everyone and fingers crossed a more positive one!

    Rachel: https://rachtalksbusiness.com/

    1. It’s good you want to work on people pleasing. Wishing you a happier and more positive 2021 🍾

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  28. Motso Lifestyle Blog

    Hi nianni. I loved every inch of your post so much. I am definetly going to work on my procrastination and to let go of living in the past. Your post was wonderfully written and very concise. Your points were very good and are constant reminders of the simple habits but these habits tend to be overlooked.

    1. That’s great, we’re becoming better versions of ourselves and letting go of habits that no longer serving us.
      Thank you so much Motso.
      How is your Sunday going?

    1. Thank you. You have a nice blog.

      1. Thanks so much for visiting 🙂 yours is great too.

        1. You’re welcome. Thank you 😊
          Have a great day 🤗

      1. 🤗🤗🤗💯🥰🤗🥰🤗

  29. Nice post! I’m still struggling with living in the past but in the spirit of not being too hard on myself for past mistakes, I’m learning to forgive myself while focusing on doing better and moving forward

    1. That’s great. Wishing you all the best in your journey. Have a great day 🤗

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