Resolving to change your life shouldn’t only happen on New Year’s Eve. Here are some bad habits you should consider letting go any time of the year. These come from psychiatrist Dr. Marcia Sirota:

  • Avoidance. Dr. Sirota says it’s normal to want to put off dealing with things that are difficult or uncomfortable. But the longer you avoid problems, the more likely they’ll fester and get worse. So, whether it’s a problem with your health, finances, or relationship, resolve to confront it now and nip it in the bud!
  • Comparing yourself with others. Our expert says that at some point you have to accept that there will always be people who have more than you, and others who have less. So, instead of constantly comparing yourself to people, she says try recognizing the fact that true happiness comes from being the best version of YOU that you can be.
  • Stop complaining. Dr. Sirota says all that does is remind you of your problems, and reinforce a sense of helplessness. So, instead of spending another day complaining, take action to resolve the things that bug you.
  • Gossip. Dr. Sirota describes gossip as “hurtful” and “a colossal waste of time.” She says instead of sitting around talking about everyone else, do something that makes you look productive. For example, talk to people about your interesting ideas, take up a creative new hobby, or focus on getting healthy.