Bad Habits to Break

8 Bad Habits to Break

Step Away From Social Media: Most people would be more content if they checked their phone less often. Stop checking your smartphone at random. Instead, give yourself specific times to catch up on social media and email and in-between chose check-ins – ignore it!

Don’t believe the hype!
If you spend a lot of time on social media then you might lulled into thinking that everyone is having more fun than you!  You’re confronted daily by smiling photos and gushing status updates that can frankly make you feel like you’re the only one that has work to do.  Remember that facebook can easily distort reality and just because it make it look like someone’s life is one long party does not mean that you are missing out.  Instead of feeling left-out, consider that your friend may over-compensating for insecurity or loneliness so instead of feeling jealous, make a real-life connection and feel good about it.

Cut Out Caffeine
It may surprise you how much caffeine you are regularly consuming - not just the coffee drinkers among us either, it’s also in tea, cola and ‘energy’ drinks and chocolate.  If you’re consuming a lot of caffeine this may produce feelings alike anxiety; racing heart, feeling jittery and disruption to your sleep cycle. Reduce your caffeine gradually, starting with eliminating it in the evenings and see if you can feel the difference.

Paying for convenience
If you never plan ahead to pack a drink or lunch, and resort to overpriced convenience foods then you will spend more than you need to just on the everyday basics.  Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on something more enjoyable?  If you’re not a morning person, pack you bag the night before. 

Shopping without a list
If you put some thought into what you need before you leave the house you can avoid buying things you already have, and groceries that you won’t use before they go off.  Before you go shopping, do a quick inventory of what you have left and plan meals which will use it up so you spend less.  Think about the meals you need to cater for and only buy what you’ll use to reduce waste.  Don’t forget items for when you’re on the go, if you’re going to buy snacks it makes sense to save on a supermarket multipack rather than buy overpriced single servings at a convenience store later.  Don’t forget to eat properly before you go shopping – hungry shoppers don’t make the best consumer choices!

Cheering yourself up by spending money
It might be effective in the short term, but in the longer term spending unnecessarily, and especially when money is in short supply, this kind of ‘retail therapy’ can have a negative impact on your mental health.  Letting your finances get out of control can be much more limiting to your lifestyle than simply imposing some restraint.  Remember that debt takes a lot longer to repay than it does to rack up, and that purchase might not seem worth it six months from now. By all means save up for the things that really matter to you, but stop to consider your purchases, don’t impulse buy, and don’t be tempted get into unnecessary debt.  If you would like help with budgeting or dealing with debt, help is available from DSU Advice.

Not retaining your tenancy inventory
This is your insurance policy that ensures you are not charged for pre-exisiting damages in your accommodation.  If you don’t make a detailed inventory – or if you give the sole copy to the agent - then you may find it difficult to successfully challenge any deductions for existing damages when you move out.  Simply keeping a copy of this document could turn out to be worth hundreds of pounds!

Sticking your head in the sand
Ignoring an issue that you don’t know how to tackle is understandable, but it’s wishful thinking to wait and hope that the problem will resolve itself.  It’s OK to need help from time to time, and there are a whole range of resources and services to provide such help – so help yourself to the contacts here.