It's okay, we've all got some strange habits.
We all have habits — some are healthy ones and others are nasty ones. Habits are, by their nature, hard to quit and often you have to get help to quit them. Patches, hypnosis, and therapy are all methods to break bad habits. And it can be just as difficult to develop healthy habits.
With a habit, you’re training yourself to behave in such a way. Perhaps on New Year’s you promise yourself that you’ll go to the gym more regularly. Now, you might swear that you’re going to do it the next day, but then you put if off until it loses its importance.
Some habits are very specific to the individuals and others may look at them as not a big deal. For example, maybe you chew your hair or bite your cuticles. The truth is, you're the only one who'll suffer the consequences from those actions.
Breaking a bad habit can be even more challenging when it’s not ourselves but another person that demands a change.
Perhaps you’ve been meaning to quit smoking for years and then get a job in a restaurant where smoking isn’t allowed anywhere on the premises. You must quit or get fired and the pressure to end your habit is intense.
Habits can become very ingrained to who we are as people and become identifying characteristics. “Oh, you know Tyler, he’s the one who is constantly flexing his muscles.”
I make a face when I’m petting a cat. I don’t know why I do it and although I was sure I had stopped, my friend recently confirmed that I still do it. Now, luckily, it’s not hazardous to my health or anybody else’s; it’s just a silly face, so I have no plans to break that habit.
Hopefully, the old wives’ tale that warned against making faces (or your face will stay that way) isn’t correct. With that, here are your hard-to-break habits, based on your zodiac sign.
You have gotten into the habit of being impulsive and not thinking things through. If someone suggests you go skydiving, you don't take any of the risks under consideration. If it sounds like a blast, then you're all for it, Aries. Try to take a beat before you do something risky. Don't worry — no one will ever accuse you of being a chicken.
Taurus, you can be so wrapped up in things and possessions that you start to believe they'll fulfill you. Material things and luxury items aren't going to give you long-term happiness. You need to get out of the retail therapy habit and start appreciating the things you already have, especially the people in your life.
Gemini, you have the bad habit of not finishing what you start. I call this a non-completist. It can involve procrastination, but that's not completely it. You get very distracted when you're in the middle of a project and you promise yourself you'll come back to it and finish it. By the time you even think to revisit the project, it no longer has any appeal to you.
You tend to compare yourself to others and you need to stop. Leo, you're beyond awesome and you mostly know this. Try to stop seeking praise and approval from others; people look up to you and want to be your friend, so take that as a sign that you're doing very well at life.
Your hard-to-break habit is that you chase perfectionism. Nothing is perfect and searching for perfection can isn't a healthy goal. Try to embrace imperfections, Virgo, and see the beauty in flaws and mistakes.
Did somebody once tell you to say "Yes" to everything? Saying yes is good; it can open you up to opportunities that you might not normally consider, but doing it too much is a bad habit. You're good a weighing your options, Libra, so try to think about if something is worthy of a yes. Just don't take too long figuring out its merits — you know how indecisive you can be.
Scorpio can be very persuasive and can talk someone into pretty much everything. That's your bad habit: you're very manipulative. You're very clever and conniving, but when you make someone do something simply because you want them to do it, that's not only controlling, it's selfish.
Your habit is that you get a little careless with your things and how you treat people. It's not that you're unkind, it's just that your mind is elsewhere and picking up after yourself doesn't enter your mind. When you take care of your things, Sagittarius, they last longer and when you're considerate with people, those relationships are stronger.
You get into a work habit very easily and suddenly you haven't had a day off in months or a vacation in years. It's not healthy to constantly be working, Capricorn. If you take some time off and recharge, you'll come back with more energy and focus to devote to your work.
You can get into the habit of neglecting yourself, Aquarius. It's ironic that you don't practice self-care as you care so deeply about various causes and other people. You're no good to anyone if you are so worn down or sick, so get into the habit of being aware of what's going on with your body and treating yourself well.
You have the habit of retreating into the fantasy world you've created in your head rather than deal with something that's painful. Unfortunately, being hurt is part of the deal of being human and you can handle the issues and difficulties that come your way. Try to develop a tougher skin, Pisces — as a creative person, you'll need it.