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10 Bad Habits

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

List of 10 bad habits that I want to eliminate or at least lessen in no particular order...

10. Trichotillomania -- Ever since I was about 12 years old, I tend to twirl, tug, play with my hair when I am idle such as watching T.V. or reading. At particularly stressful times I find myself tugging harder and more frequently on my hair, and it's not uncommon to find 50+ strands of hair where I was sitting. I'm resolved to make more effort to reduce this habit, mainly the barrier method, that is, using scarves or other head coverings so I won't have access to my hair.

9. House clutter -- I am the first to admit that I am a poor housekeeper. I let dishes and laundry pile up, floors go unswept, etc. for lengthy periods of time. It's easy to let things get into such a disarray since I live by myself. Trying to set myself to a schedule so I can have a tidier living space.

8. Temper -- When I get angry, especially with those close to me, I get ANGRY. Will focus on certain techniques to control my temper...

7. Cursing -- This one goes hand in hand with #8. When I lose my temper I tend to curse...a lot. Will also work on choosing less foul language to express myself.

6. Internet addiction -- It's rare that I don't spend at least 1 hour of idle time on the internet. I'm resolved to set a timer to limit myself to only 30 minutes a day.

5. Better oral hygiene -- After spending a ton of time, money, and effort to fix my jaws and teeth, I want to have impeccable oral health. I've been lazy about brushing right after I eat, flossing and using the waterpik lately. Will re-double my efforts so my orthognathic and orthodontic journey won't be in vain.

4. Better networking/maintaining friendships -- I've never had a problem with meeting new people and breaking the ice. However, maintaining contacts and friendships has never been my forte. Will work on checking in more regularly with past acquaintances and business contacts.

3. More positive thinking and affirmations -- My mother once told me that some people see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I seem to see the world through grey-colored glasses. To a large extent this is true -- when I am in a dark mood it's hard for me to focus on the positive things in my life. Will work more on becoming an optimist.

2. Stronger support -- Ever since I was a child I have always hated asking for help. I guess it doesn't help that I was raised in a family with a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootst
raps mentality. I've been making efforts to expand my circle of friends who I'd feel comfortable reaching out to when I'm feeling down.

1. Better mental health -- I've been working on improving my mental health. I put so much effort into my physical well being, I could certainly do better with the mental aspect. I blogged earlier with biting the bullet and seeking out a pyschiatrist. My first session went well and I have my follow up appointment next week. I also have my first therapy counseling session next week with a psychologist. I hope to at least do monthly visits to keep me on track to better mental health.
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    Great list of goals! I can identify with several things on your list. You can totally accomplish all of these; take it one step at a time!

    1815 days ago
    Take up knitting, crochet, or needlework during tv time. It keeps your hands busy. It is good you have identified what you face and what you need to do to make it happen. Keep up the good work, on step at a time, one moment at a time.
    1817 days ago
  • FARRAH511
    You have more than half way there, you have been able to identify what you want to do...


    1817 days ago
  • KLONG8
    The first step always is deciding what to do. Sounds like you've set those out clearly for yourself and are moving forward. Way to go!
    1817 days ago
    I could write a book on some of these points; for example, I have never (okay, rarely) been able to ask for help. I was raised to
    do everything for myself. Yikes! I do know
    that I need others, I just can't ask for help.
    1817 days ago
    Good luck with achieving your goals!
    1817 days ago
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