Once again, losing weight was one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and people everywhere are working hard to make that happen right now. But when you focus all your efforts on superficial goals like dropping a few pounds, you could be missing out on opportunities to improve yourself in even more substantial ways. If you find the obsession with weight loss this time of year to be silly, check out this list of 8 things you should prioritize losing instead:
- Toxic friends. Ending toxic relationships can be one the most difficult tasks you’ll ever take on, but it’ll be so worth it. Toxic friendships cause you stress and anxiety while giving almost nothing in return for all your efforts. Ditch them now, invest in healthy friendships instead, and reap the rewards down the road.
- Self-doubt. When it comes to making big moves and achieving your dreams, you’re your own worst enemy if you’re carrying around self-doubt. Everyone gets scared from time to time that they’re inadequate, but your ditching insecurities is the best way to build up the courage to bet big on yourself.
- Some free space in your passport. Take some inspiration from a Drake hit this year and fill up some pages in your passport. Satisfy your wanderlust and experience new places, cultures, and people.
- Unnecessary stress. Life is hard enough without unnecessary stress weighing you down. If you don’t need it, leave it in 2015. You deserve some relaxation in your life… and to not die of a stress induced heart attack in your early 30’s.
- Clutter. Start spring cleaning early this year! Having unused junk around your apartment will give your home bad juju and prevent you from fully relaxing at the end of the day. Sort through those piles you have lying around the house, toss stuff in the garbage, and donate everything you don’t need any more to Goodwill. When it comes to clutter, less is always more.
- Bad dating apps. Do you really need more bad Tinder dates or to bang more guys that are just going to ghost on you? If your dating apps are just leading you to constant disappointments, that’s a good sign that the good guys aren’t using them.
- Hyper-criticism. Maybe 2016 should be the year that women everywhere finally cut themselves some slack. If you’re too hard on yourself, you will never be happy or realize just how amazing your accomplishments are. Cut back on the excessive criticism and watch your self-esteem go through the roof!
- Your ex’s number. You’ve been there, done that, and lived to regret it. He’s not the one, so delete his number to resist the urge to use it when you’re having a moment of loneliness or had a few too many tequila shots.