Habits are something, I think, that everyone has and most people try and break. So finding some to put in a post that I'm not currently trying to get rid of isn't the easiest thing. There would be little point in telling you about something that I used to do, but having said that, I have still found quite a few that I haven't managed to break yet.
This is the one habit that has been with me for as long as I can remember, and no matter how much I try, I just can't shake it. I have always been an 'I'll do it later' kinda girl, even as young as nursery school I would put off getting dressed until I had no other choice. It is something that annoys me about myself, but no matter what I try I just can't get around it. It is so bad that there are times when I will need to do something, such as write a blog post, or make a phone call, and I put it off for so long that it gives me anxiety, and that still isn't enough to make me do it sooner next time around! Right now, for example, it is 3.32am and I am totally shattered and should be going to sleep, but I have put this post off for so long that I have no other option than to write it now. I've been up all day, so apart from the few hours that I was with my friend, I had all day to write it. I really don't know why I put things off as much as I do, but I am trying to change it.
Grinding my teeth
This is the habit that I am trying my hardest to break, since it is causing me pain in my jaw. I don't even realise I am doing it most of the time, only when my jaw starts to hurt am I aware of it, and by then it's a bit late. My dentist has told me off numerous times over the years but I just can't kick the habit.
Building a cushion fort
When I sit on the sofa, it has been a habit for as long as I can think of to get 2 or 3 cushions and surround myself with them. I have one on my lap and one either side of me. I really don't know why I do it, it makes me more comfortable, but I think it's more of a mental thing than a physical one. If I am over someones house who doesn't have cushions I will use my bag instead, meaning that I always look as if I'm about to make a run for it. This is one habit that I'm perfectly fine with and have no plans to get rid of.
Holding my breath/pulling faces
When I concentrate really hard on something I have a tendency to pull weird faces, usually kind of like a duck/blowing kisses. I don't even know I am doing it most of the time and as soon as I realise I stop, but I imagine I look pretty stupid. I also seem to hold my breath a lot, I have only really noticed this over the last year but I have no idea how long I've been doing it for. I thought at first it might have something to do with pneumonia as that's when I first noticed it, but it seems to just be a strange habit I have that a few other people I've spoken to also have. Both of these happen when I am concentrating, which is why I put them together.
I can't think back to when I became such a fidget, I don't know if I always have been or if it's a more recent thing. To sit still for more than a minute or two without shaking my foot or shuffling about seems to be nigh on impossible for me. I know it must annoy other people when I am with them, but it's not something that really bothers me to be honest, so unless someone asks me to stop I doubt I will.
Spending ages in the shower
The amount of time I spend in the shower is mad, really I have so much I could be doing with my time, but instead I choose to sit under running water for, sometimes, an hour and a half at a time. As with everything I put off getting in the shower for as long as I can, but once in there I never want to get out. If I have to hurry up I can, I can be out in 5 minutes if I really want to, but why deny myself the luxury of a long relaxing pamper session?
Licking my plate
This is something I only ever do at home, I make sure my manners are in full effect when I'm with other people. If I have enjoyed a meal so much that I don't want it to end, especially if I have had a lovely sauce of some kind, I find it so hard not to lick the remainder off my plate. A lot of people I know will mop up whatever they have left with a slice of bread, and maybe that's a more polite way to do it, but if I'm on my own what's the harm really? I just wish I looked as good as the woman in the photo above whilst doing it, in reality I probably look more like this:
I'm sure I could come up with hundreds of other habits, but these are the ones that came to mind first. I personally don't find any of these embarrassing, other people may disagree, but we all have at least one bad habit of some sort.
What are your worst habits? Do you do any of the ones above?