Are you tired all the time? Not feeling like your best self? Always feeling like you're in a funk?
According to Forbes magazine: "Habits are the foundation of who we are as a person and as a professional. We are the product of our everyday habits, and we choose every day whether we want to improve ourselves, maintain excellence or contribute to our own discontent. But first we must be aware of bad habits, so we can take the necessary steps to change them."
Many of these may seem harmless, but could add up to do some real damage in the long term.
1. Taking things personally. Try to let stuff roll off your back more. Being offended and angry all the time is a huge waste of energy that can really take a toll on you.
2. Constant worrying. It's a hard one to fix. But do your best, because it really can hold you back. Instead of worrying so much, take action whenever you can address something head-on. And if something's out of your hands, try not to fixate on it.
3. Negativity. It's a huge drain on your own energy. And complaining all the time can be a drain on the people around you too.
4. Overthinking things. Once you've thought something through, pull the trigger and stop second guessing yourself. There's a trendy term now called "FOBO," which stands for "fear of better options." And it can be a huge energy waster.
5. Gossiping and creating drama. Generating any kind of unnecessary drama in your life is a waste of time and energy.
6. Being too much of a people pleaser. Being helpful is great. But when you do it too much, you end up never focusing on yourself.
7. Sleeping Too Much. Sleeping too much does not increase your energy, create energy reserves or make you more present when you are awake. It has the opposite impact, too much sleep makes you lethargic. That being said, make sure you’re getting enough sleep, seven to eight hours a night, as it is a major contributor to your health and energy.
8. Poor Diet. You know what I’m about to say, if you’re eating too much sugar, carbs and trans fat you’re just giving energy away to snacks and meals. Be thoughtful about what you eat, eat food that gives you energy, like greens, lean protein and healthy fats, not food that takes it away.
9. Complaining. By complaining you are not only projecting negativity, but you’re forcing the people around you to work in spite of it. No one wants to be around the person who complains about everything. Do not be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution, because people do not want to hear it. Do something productive instead.
10. Always Checking Email & Social Media. If someone has to wait a couple of hours for an email, then they wait. The world won’t end, so relax.
I know a lot of these are easier said than done, but I think *all* of us are guilty of at least one! We should all challenge ourselves to be better!