In the midst of trying to be the best that you can be, you can lose track of reality, which is worrying. We take a look at 10 unhealthy obsessions you need to let go of right now.
Do you find yourself checking your social media profiles every few minutes? Do you spend more time talking to online bots than your real friends? If so, it is time to take a break from social media as it is not healthy to be that obsessed. Dipping in and out of your socials is good for keeping up to speed with what is going on in the world but try to limit yourself so that it does not take over your life.
Just like social media, watching 24-hour rolling news can lead to a life of doom and gloom. With dodgy politics, bad news stories, crime, and death at every turn sometimes you need to switch off and watch something light and fluffy. If you need a news fix, limit the time you spend watching TV or ask your friends and family to keep you updated on the big headlines.
Being jealous of somebody or something will give you short-term pleasure but will eat you up in time. Letting the small things go and forgiving people for their mistakes is much braver than holding on to jealous feelings that prevent you from thinking straight. Sometimes you just need to stop and concentrate on what you have in your own life rather than what you don’t have from somebody else’s.
Like jealousy, spending your life consumed with hate for things will make you sick. Some people thrive off hating others and saying nasty things about them, we all know how trolls work, right? Think of yourself as being better than the trolls and how great it would feel to say positive things about others. We think that people who lose the hate and embrace kindness will end up feeling much better for it.
If you are on a diet for 362 days of the year the chances are you are obsessed and very unhappy. It is great to be healthy and active to maintain a good weight but stressing about every calorie that you consume is not healthy at all. Dieting has its place but if you are finding that it consumes your life then you may need to rethink your outlook on your body.
What is people’s obsession with being first at everything they do? First in a race is fair enough but needing to be first in line at the bakery, first to watch the latest blockbuster, and first off the airplane to stand in the same line to get your bags as everybody who got off the airplane after you is all a little too obsessive. Just chill and have a go and be second, or even last if you are brave enough, for once.
If you are a workaholic you may find yourself having little free time to let your hair down and have some fun. Setting goals and hitting them can be very rewarding but be careful not to set yourself up for a fall by pushing yourself further and further. Learning to set more realistic goals and to delegate tasks to others can be very rewarding.
Celebrities may look like they have got it all going on but they are not as perfect as their Instagram account seems. Like everyone else, celebrities have their flaws so it is not healthy to obsess over their lifestyle and compare it to what you have. It is nice to follow your favorite celebrity to see what they are getting up to but if you find yourself stalking their every move then you may have an issue.
You may not want to say no to people as you don’t want to let them down, but sometimes you just have to say no. If you constantly say yes to others as you may be seen as weak for saying no then you will end up feeling tired, stressed, and ineffective at the things that you do say yes to. You can’t be everything to everybody and that is ok.
We all like to think that we are right 100% of the time but the truth is that it is not possible. We all make mistakes, even the most successful business people and the best of friends. Putting too much pressure on yourself to not put a foot wrong will only lead to burnout. There is a lot to be said for being wrong, sometimes you end up being the better person for doing so.