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10 Toxic Habits of Unhealthy People

10 Toxic Habits of Unhealthy People

Unhealthy people have toxic habits that keep them unhealthy. Avoid these 10 toxic habits to ensure that you are living life to your full potential.

1. Always Assume the Worst

Unhealthy people always assume that the worst. They assume no one will like them, that they’ll always mess up, and that they’ll never be successful in their efforts. They predict others have evil intentions and they always predict the worst possible scenarios will come true.

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2. Possess an External Locus of Control

People with an external locus of control think that everything that happens to them is fate. They believe they just have bad luck and that they have no control over what happens to them in life. As a result, they take little responsibility for what happens in their lives and blame everyone else for their misfortune.

3. Believe in the Latest Health Fads

Toxic people tend to jump on board with the latest health fads without conducting any research on their own. If someone makes a claim a that a new product can offer miraculous results, they’ll buy it. They aren’t able to critically analyze whether or not a product is likely to produce the results that are claimed.

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4. Look for the Easy Way Out

They want quick and fast solutions. They expect immediate results and don’t believe that hard work will get them to where they want to be. Instead, they expect that if something is going to change, it should happen now.

5. Don’t Set Goals for Themselves

Toxic people don’t create goals for themselves. They don’t work toward reaching anything in life. Often, they can say that they want things to be better but they don’t try to establish strategies to help improve their situation.

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6. Feel Jealous of Others Success

They tend to feel jealous when other people are successful. They often feel angered by people who are more attractive, earn more money, or have a better life. They don’t stop to look at the hard work a person has put in to gain that success, but instead believe that it isn’t fair that the same success hasn’t come their way.

7. Blame Their Health on Genetics

They don’t tend to take responsibility for their health. Instead, they blame their weight or illness on genetics. They think that if they had a mother with diabetes, they’re doomed to have it to. Instead of recognizing their genes may help them identify risk factors, they just presume that their genes make their health problems inevitable and they make no attempts to remedy the situation.

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8. Don’t Listen to Knowledgeable Experts

Toxic people tend to dismiss the advice they receive from knowledgeable experts. They don’t listen to doctors, dentists, therapists, or financial counselors. They write these people off as “stupid” and tend to want to dispute any advice that encourages them to take responsibility for their own behavior.

9. Avoid Creative Problem-Solving

Unhealthy people tend to think there is just one way to solve a problem. If that solution doesn’t work, they don’t try to resolve the problem in another way. As a result, they often remain stuck because they can’t get around a problem by using creativity. Almost any problem has multiple solutions and a little creativity can go a long way to finding solutions but toxic people prefer to avoid attempting to resolve them.

10. Gossip About Everyone and Everything 

Instead of focusing on how to improve their lives, they focus on judging everyone else. They revel in other people’s problems and mistakes and announce their business to the world. They spread rumors and take great joy in gossiping about others. Instead of trying to improve their own lives, they spend their time talking about what others should be doing differently.

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Amy Morin

A psychotherapist, psychology instructor, keynote speaker, and the author of the bestselling book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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