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23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing Now

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Face it, ladies.  We all have our own set of habits that lead to self-sabotage.  Whether its putting down our looks or people-pleasing out of obligation, women get caught up in a lot of our brain static.  Here are 23 things we need to stop doing now for our own benefit.

Top 5 Things Women Should Stop Doing Now (HuffingtonPost.com):

1. Apologizing all the time. Research has shown that women actually do say “sorry” more often than men. Constantly apologizing for having your waiter split the check or telling a friend about your problems, does more harm than good. There’s no need to qualify everything you do. Own your preferences and decisions.

2. Saying “yes” to everyone else. Yes, I will meet you for coffee even though I’m exhausted and just want to go home and crawl into bed. Yes, I will edit your resume even though I’m swamped with my own work. Yes, I will go on a double date with you, your almost-boyfriend and his awful friend who’s in town. Stop saying “yes” when you don’t truly mean it. People actually respect you more when you set boundaries.

3. Saying “no” to yourself. A lot of women spend a whole lot of time deciding what we can’t do or shouldn’t do or aren’t good enough to do. Don’t allow your insecurities and anxieties to make your decisions for you — you’ll only end up missing out on worthwhile experiences. So go talk to that group of people you think you won’t fit in with, stay out late against your better judgment every once in awhile and treat yourself to that blowout even if you don’t really need it.

4. Viewing food as the enemy. Women often receive the message that our ultimate worth lies in our looks. In the quest to achieve impossible standards, it’s easy to see food as something to contend with rather than to enjoy. Be cognizant of what you put in your body, but try to do away with the guilt. Savor every bite of that gnocchi with gorgonzola or that Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream or those fresh cherry tomatoes. Food should not come with regrets.

5. Body-snarking — out loud or in your own head. Stop putting your looks down, period. Nothing good will ever come of it, unless you’re working through body issues with your therapist.

23 Things Women Should Stop Doing Now: #6-#23

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