283 Bad Habits (The ULTIMATE List of Bad Habits)


Nervous Habits That Negatively Impact Your Social Interactions

Nervous habits are actually very difficult habits to break. They are usually ingrained in our psyche. Many times, we do not even realize we are doing these bad habits until other people let us know.

Therefore, the first step in breaking these bad habits is to recognize that they exist. Be mindful of the things you do, and make conscious decisions to stop the nervous habits. This will not rid you of the bad nervous habit completely, but is an important first step.

Many of these bad nervous habits are caused (or exacerbated) by stress, so sometimes the best method of dealing with these bad habits is by dealing with the underlying stress that causes them.

Nervous Habits That Negatively Impact Your Social Interactions

119. Talking to yourself

120. Biting fingernails

121. Unconscious pen clicking

122. Cracking your knuckles

123. Lick or bite lips

124. Humming to yourself

125. Biting your pen/pencil

126. Twirl and pull hair

127. Grinding teeth

128. Rushed speech

129. Tapping your foot

130. Touching your face

131. Fidgety fingers

132. Fiddling with keys

Personal Bad Habits

Personal bad habits are a catch-all term I use for the miscellaneous things that many of use do. Some of these bad habits are bad because they go against the grain of what society expects from us (breaking promises, being consistently late, sleeping in late). Others are here because they could potentially be detrimental to us in time (slouching while sitting, leaving keys in random places, staying up late).

As always, what makes most of these habits “bad” is the frequency with which these events happen. Sleeping in on two Saturdays a month is no big deal, and could actually be a very nice break in your routine. But sleeping in three days a week and missing morning appointments or work due to this could be a huge problem.

Personal Bad Habits

133. Using devices late at night

134. Staying up late

135. Sleeping in

136. Spending too much time online

137. Slouching at the computer

138. Leaving your keys and wallet in random places


139. Spending too much time and effort acquiring “things”

140. Being all work and no play

141. Watching porn


142. Littering

143. Breaking promises to yourself

144. Spacing out and not paying attention to what people say during conversations

145. Not returning items you borrow

146. Freeloading

147. Stereotyping

148. Speeding

149. Excessively checking your hair/eyebrows/makeup/nails

150. Falling asleep in class or training sessions

151. Worrying but not taking action

152. Swearing in public

153. Leaving the toilet seat up

154. Talking with mouth full

Poor Fitness Habits

Fitness habits are also tightly linked to healthy habits. Staying fit will help you live a healthier and longer life.

Bad fitness habits fall into two different categories. The first set is for people who never (or rarely) exercise. They are more likely to exercise sporadically and hurt themselves when they do. Complete lack of exercise means that these folks are prime targets for many infirmities as they get older.

However, even people who regularly exercise may have some bad habits. The exercise may be inefficient. The method of exercise may invite injuries. It may simply be that your exercise is all cardio and no strength (or vice versa). Regardless, a bad habit is never a good thing, and changing any of these bad fitness habits will have a positive effect on your health.

Poor Fitness Habits

155. Being sedentary (sitting for hours without moving)

156. Not warming up before exercise

157. Not doing any muscle strengthening activities

158. Not taking rest days

159. Skipping gym days

160. Not cooling down/stretching after exercise

161. Resting too long between sets

162. Not varying cardio

163. Taking dangerous stimulants

164. Using bad form

165. Rewarding exercise with junk food

166. Not drinking enough water while exercising

167. Working out on an empty stomach

168. Lifting excessive weights

169. Improper stretching

170. Overtraining

171. Phoning it in

172. Taking steroids

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