Let’s face it, no one likes to hear that the things they may be doing could potentially be harmful or damaging to themselves. The reality, however, is that we all have them!
Identifying toxic behaviours is very important to the long-term success of your health because it is often these behaviours that
sabotage our efforts.
There are three distinct categories of behaviors that you want to evaluate:
Physically toxic behaviours are often the easiest to identify. These would include things like smoking, not resting, eating sweets, working too much and poor nutritional selections.
Mentally toxic behaviors would be things like procrastination, negativity, moodiness, low self-esteem, being impatient or intolerant.
Third are toxic relationships, which is any relationship that is not a positive influence in your life. This could be a personal relationship, a friendship or a family member.
Some people have toxic behaviours in all three categories while others seem to be in control of one of the categories but have issues in
one or both of the other areas. The important part of this exercise is not to be critical of how many toxic behaviours you have, but
rather use this opportunity to become aware and ultimately reduce the number.
We have outlined below a worksheet for you to use as a self-exploratory tool into the toxic behaviours you may be allowing in your life. Most importantly, the questions that are asked of you will allow you to identify areas of improvement and help you to better understand yourself.
What three most physically toxic behaviours do you feel you have? (e.g. smoking, not resting, eating sweets, eating unconsciously, not getting enough sleep, choosing poor-quality foods and not understanding why and what).
List your three most toxic habits of mind (e.g. procrastinating, moodiness, critical, low self-esteem, intolerant).
List your three most toxic relationships. What purpose do they serve? What prevents you from giving them up?
Think about what would your life look and feel like without these behaviours, habits, and relationships?
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