Toxic Behaviors You Need To Eliminate NOW
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
As a child, I remember looking in the kitchen cabinets and finding various spray bottles and cleaners that had a big bright green “Mr. Yuck” sticker on the label. My loving parents did this as a precaution to warn my siblings and I not to drink these brightly colored potions… because they were toxic.
Consuming toxins can cause great harm and even have the potential to threaten your life should you consume enough of them – yikes!
It’s widely known common sense to not allow such substances to enter your body when you think of items that are considered toxic, like bleach and gasoline for instance – you wouldn’t go drink them down knowing that they could substantially harm your health, if not bring worse outcomes.
However, toxins come in many forms and in ways that are not as obvious as household cleaners.
Thoughts, actions and behaviors can also have a toxic effect on your life and health!
Here are 6 Toxic Behaviors that you need to eliminate from your life today. Because doing any of these actions is the toxic equivalent of consuming harsh chemicals.
1. Being Exceedingly Negative: Life happens and sometimes leaves you feeling cynical. It is up to you to use your energy to celebrate the positive happenings versus what is “going wrong.” Negativity is the primary source of toxic energy! Vent a little to a trusted confidant if you are having “one of those days,” but then MOVE ON and focus on what you are grateful for.
2. Being Judgmental And Critical: We all make judgements in our day to day lives. However, this action becomes toxic when you (or someone you are around) become hateful, spiteful, or nasty. The impact of these negative and cruel criticisms can leave you feeling drained and deplete your happiness. A simple solution? Focus on being complementary to others and find ways to uplift their spirits and distance yourself from others who frequently exercise their criticisms and judgements.
3. Acting Like The Victim: Having a “life-is-out-to-get-you” attitude will do absolutely NOTHING to contribute to your happiness and health. Bad things can and will happen from time to time – it is part of your life experience. Instead of playing the victim, be a mindful person that is capable of taking on life’s challenges and rationally handling your emotions and actions. If someone is acting like the victim with you, offer a bit of realistic advice and then move on!
4. Being Manipulative: Using any form of guilt, compliments, or scheming to get what you want will eventually lead to someone getting hurt or feeling mistreated. Instead of using underhanded actions, focus on how you can be of service and help others. A great mantra to embrace is “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
5. Lacking Compassion: Kindness is the key to creating the type of environment where people feel cared for, happy and inspired. Life isn’t always easy and you will have struggles, but you don’t need to make it more difficult by being unkind or being around people who lack concern and care for others.
6. Lacking Authenticity: Have you ever heard someone say, “That person is so FAKE?” When you do not conduct yourself according to who you truly are, people will easily pick up the disconnect and find it difficult to trust you or take you seriously. Therefore, no matter what situation you find yourself in, express yourself from an authentic place. Being genuine and real will help you build strong and lasting relationships with others.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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