Five things to give up in 2020

Hi there! I was thinking about my take on the things to give up in 2020. Obviously, some of these won’t apply to you but I chose some things that I thought were actually really important to give up, not only for yourself but for the people around you. The ones you love need a role model. Let that be you.

The American diet has caused so many problems. I think the only way we’re going to change it is to stop buying into it. We’re going to have to collectively start eating better so that fast food places become health food places. Even if we can’t change it as a whole, we can change for ourselves. We only get one body. We should nourish it with what it needs to be as healthy as possible. Besides fast food places there’s tons of junk food in grocery stores. Don’t bring it into your house. Soon you’ll be grabbing an apple or banana as a fast food choice and you won’t even realize all the nutrients you’re getting because it’s just a good snack.

All the great people of the world have one thing in common: a positive attitude. They have a hope and belief in a better future.

We all have sad days and I think that’s normal. However, there’s a lot of negative chatter in our minds that is completely reversible. I know for a fact it can be done because I’m learning how to do it. Make a conscious effort to listen to your thoughts. If you’re thinking something negative, immediately stop and change it to a positive affirmation. It gets easier and easier with practice. The difference it makes is truly amazing.

We humans, it seems, have anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. But according to some research, as many as 98 percent of them are exactly the same as we had the day before. Talk about creatures of habit! Even more significant, 80 percent of our thoughts are negative. Source

Excuses for why you don’t exercise. Excuses for why you aren’t taking that class. Excuses for why you won’t ask for a raise. Excuses for leaving the house a mess. Excuses for making excuses! We all do it at some point or another. Just like those negative thoughts but worse because you’re actually speaking them into existence! Either admit that you dont want to do it or just do it! Be someone who is true to their word. This one isn’t for anyone else. It’s for you. You are so deserving of all the good things you want in life. You have the power within you to find a way to fit in all the things you want to do. Prioritize your goals and make a schedule. Every morning, make a checklist of tasks you need to accomplish and carry it with you throughout the day. I do this every single day I work (most nurses do). You’ll be surprised how much can be accomplished in a day! I believe in you! You just need to get a little organized.

I like the Reminders app because it has little circles you can tap to complete a task. You can also have subtasks and add photos of needed. It’s really easy to use too!

Maybe it’s just me but I am so over being manipulated by advertising. That goes for trends too. And peer pressure or societal pressure. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with name brands when you’re buying something of good quality. But you do not need the latest designer bag or shoes. You do not need the latest eyeshadow palette. You do not need the latest tech gadget. You do not need almost any of the things advertised (or you saw on IG). It’s only contributing to more “stuff” in the world. Besides, how long will that satisfy you? When you adopt the idea of letting what you have be good enough, there is so much peace and contentment. Striving for more things is never the answer to happiness. Strive to better yourself and the people around you instead.

We all have that one thing we know we should give up. Maybe it’s cursing or drinking Starbucks daily or checking our phone too often. Let’s break those bad habits once and for all!

I absolutely love this article about how to break a bad habit. It talks about trigger loops and explains them like this:

For example, let’s say you have the bad habit of eating chocolate cookies after your working hours. Your habit loop could look something like this…

1. Trigger (stress from a long day of work)

2. Routine (eat a chocolate cookie)

3. Reward (temporary stress relief to feel better)

Each time you repeat this behavior pattern it becomes more ingrained in your brain until it eventually becomes automatic—a habit.

Then it goes on to give scientifically proven ways to change that for good. Check out the article. It’s good stuff!

So those are my top five things to give up.

We all have room for growth and improvement. I’m constantly keeping myself in check with all of the things above. It’s so easy to fall back into old patterns. But I refuse to give up. That’s the only time we ever really fail is when we give up and give in to our old, comfortable bad habit. I hope you never give up on being the best that you can be.

I know you can do anything you set your mind to. So no more doubting. No more over thinking. Believe in yourself and get disciplined. Make a commitment to yourself to be the best you can be every, single day. And don’t stop until your proud!

May you be happy and well in the coming new year!

PS Here’s a few bonus things to give up if you haven’t already!

Texting and driving

Smoking/juuling

Getting drunk (so gross)

Gossiping

Worry

Self-doubt

Not having a self care routine

Using plastic

Buying “designer” pets (so many need to be adopted)

Waiting to be happy (I’ll be happy when…”)

Comparison

Not listening to your intuition

Being a people-pleaser

Living in the past

Grudges

Being generous for self interest

Not fully listening to the person speaking to you.

Taking on more responsibility but not getting more money.

The belief that you are not worthy of everything wonderful in life.


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