Toxicity seems to surround us lately. That’s why it can be hard to figure out how to stop being toxic.
Sometimes, it seems like you’re the only one who even wants to figure it all out. Toxic behavior can be a hard thing to stop when it’s hard to identify the toxic habits you have. However, if you want to stop being toxic and become more positive in your life, these tips will help!
What is Considered Toxic Behavior?
There are many ways to be toxic, whether it is through gossiping or negative thinking. Generally, toxic behavior can be defined as anything that spreads negativity and is harmful to your wellbeing.
When someone comes into your life that has a lot of toxicity there will be moments where this person tears down all the positivity around them. When you feel like you need positivity, be mindful of the people you surround yourself with.
Despite circumstances where one may be tempted to engage in negative behaviors with others, practice mindfulness. Even with a close friend, you don’t have to give in to their negative actions. While this may be difficult at times, it’s necessary for personal growth and a more positive outlook on life.
What Are Some Examples of Toxic Behavior?
There are many different types of toxicity, such as:
• Negative thinking and pessimistic attitudes. When you notice yourself feeling negative, stop and think about why you’re feeling this way before reacting negatively.
• Gossiping. You’ll always be tempted to talk about other people, but gossip creates a negative environment for everyone involved. Instead of talking bad about other people, focus on how you can improve your own life.
• Complaining and focusing too much on the negative. Instead of complaining about how bad your life is, focus on the things you are grateful for.
• Putting others down or being mean to other people. You don’t need to be mean or negative towards others.
• Holding grudges and being resentful of others. It’s important to put your ego aside and move past the behavior of others.
• Not taking care of yourself or establishing healthy boundaries with other people. Being conscious of your thoughts and actions will help you to stop the toxicity before it starts.
What Can We Do to Stop Being Toxic?
Once you identify your toxic behaviors, you can start working towards improvement.
• Acknowledge your negative thoughts and work to replace them with positive ones. Make a list of the things you are grateful for. You can also write down positive thoughts onto sticky notes to remind yourself of the good things in life.
• Learn how to forgive, whether it be forgiving yourself or others. Holding onto negative feelings towards someone can cause mental illness and stress over time. Forgiveness is necessary for your own personal growth.
• Get comfortable with being uncomfortable and try new things! Taking risks can help you to change your perspective on life and give you a new outlook on your life.
• Stop worrying about what other people think of you and focus more on yourself!
• Spend time with positive people and make an effort to improve your relationships.
Remember Your Sense of Self
Sometimes, we take on a toxic mindset due to a low self-image. I wrote a book, Life After Low Self-Esteem, where I talked about my self-esteem struggles and how I overcame them. Check it out, and let me know how it helps you!