Everyone makes mistakes, but some are definitely bigger than others. In an online discussion, people shared some of the terrible common life choices that people make; the following are the top fifteen.
1. Staying in Your Comfort Zone
Someone shared that staying in a bad situation because you are afraid of change is a poor life choice many people make. You may be unhappy with your job, relationship, or living situation, but the thought of change can be scary. But, staying in a bad situation can negatively affect your mental and physical health.
2. Being Indecisive
Being indecisive is another common mistake that can lead to stress and anxiety. One woman shared that constant indecision will ultimately cause you to suffer. It can also hold you back from progressing personally and professionally.
3. Staying in a Bad Relationship
A woman suggested that dating the wrong person for too long is one of the bad decisions people often make. Staying in a bad relationship can be emotionally and mentally draining. We all need to recognize when a connection is no longer working and have the courage to end it.
4. Not Sleeping Enough
According to one man, not getting enough sleep is a bad habit many struggle with. Lack of sleep can have so many adverse effects on your health. Another commenter added how lack of sleep impacts stress levels. You get stressed about not sleeping, which causes you to sleep less, which causes even more stress.
5. Neglecting Relationships
All relationships require time and effort to maintain. One man remarked how failing to invest time and effort in maintaining relationships with family, friends, or partners can lead to loneliness and a lack of support. It's important to make time for the people who matter in your life, so always try to stay in touch.
6. Not Taking Care of Your Teeth
Not taking care of your teeth can lead to expensive and painful dental problems in the future. Brushing twice daily is essential, but it is also important to floss regularly and visit the dentist for check-ups. One man shared the story of how he was quoted a 5-figure bill for dental care because he never flossed.
7. Credit Card Debt
One person shared that using a credit card to buy things without the means to repay it is one of the worst decisions a person can make. Missing credit card payments can lead to a cycle of debt. It's essential to only use credit cards for purchases you can afford to pay back in full.
8. Failing to Invest in Yourself
According to an anonymous commenter, one of the most common bad life choices is failing to invest in oneself, whether learning new skills, exercising, therapy, or simply experiencing new things. Not investing in yourself can limit your potential and cause you to miss out on opportunities that could have benefited you.
9. Sitting for Too Long
Desk jobs and remote work have become so popular that people spend more time sitting than ever. Someone remarked that constantly sitting for too long every day is a bad decision many of us make. Sitting for prolonged periods can cause back pain, poor posture, obesity, and heart disease.
10. Having Kids Before You're Ready
Having kids before you're ready is another bad life choice. One woman explained that while having children can be a fulfilling experience, it's important to do some research, have the funds, and make a realistic, solid plan before starting a family.
11. Overspending on a Wedding
Many people make the mistake of overspending on their wedding and honeymoon and starting their life together in debt. Although weddings are memorable and special occasions, spending excessive amounts of money on one day can lead to financial strain that can last for several years. One woman commented that she's just as married after only spending $100 as someone else who paid $50,000 for their big day.
12. Not Saving for The Future
Someone shared that many people live outside their means and then use the excuse that they barely have any money left at the end of the month. Even some people who make six figures but still live paycheck to paycheck. Not having a financial plan and budget is one of the poorest decisions a person can make.
13. Keeping Bad Company
People with negative influences in their lives can be led down a path of bad decisions and actions that can significantly impact their lives. One man shared that you can be lonely even among people. So, it's better to be alone than with bad company.
14. Constantly Eating Out
Everyone should enjoy dining out occasionally, but constantly eating out can have negative consequences. Someone shared that constantly eating out as a convenience to avoid learning to cook is a bad life choice. The expense builds up over time and isn't as healthy as a homecooked meal.
Gambling is a dangerous habit that can become an addiction over time. One man remarked that gambling is frowned upon, yet it's also advertised everywhere. But all it takes is one losing streak to make you return to square one. People who gamble typically struggle to give it up completely.
This post was inspired by this thread.
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