Whether we see them or not, our lives are made up of habits. Some of these habits are positive, and create ripples of positivity in our lives while others create negative ripples. In either case, these habits can snowball over time into something that leaves you with more or less energy overall.
Here, we're going to take a look into some habits that are worth limiting due to their negative effects as well as positive habits that are worth adopting and growing. Using these, you can start to create a guide for the way you want to live your own life!
Essentially, our habits make up who we are. In some cases, we may grow up without certain helpful habits and find that we need to start building them. Meanwhile, in other cases we can find that we created habits that are more harmful than helpful, and we need to get a handle on them.
These things are completely normal. None of us are perfect, so it's highly unlikely anyone might be reading this article and find that they don't have any negative habits that need to be handled. We all have something that we need to get a handle on. What matters most is what we do about it.
The good news is that you can mold your habits. By taking baby steps slowly moving in the right direction, you can eventually build up habits that will create fantastic results in your life. Let's take a look at some of the more common positive and negative habits out there!
These are habits that can be more damaging than we may expect. They are habits that are important to try to limit as much as possible, as they can really build up damaging effects in the mind and body. Consider how much of an effect these habits have on your life, and try to find ways that you can work towards eliminating them.
Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of past embarrassments, mistakes and situations that were unpleasant for you. We can often replay these moments in our minds over and over, searching for ways in which we could have done better. However, getting trapped in these thought process can only drain our energy. We can't change what already happened, so it's best to let it go and try to focus on the present moment.
This is another habit we can easily fall into. We take a look at the lives of others, and can only see the ways in which we don't measure up. Perhaps someone else is in better shape, or is married with children, or maybe their career appears to be more successful than yours. Remember that these kinds of comparisons don't motivate you to keep moving forward, they only bring you down.
Negativity is something that can sneak up on us from time to time. We may find that after a long, frustrating day at work, negative thoughts and harsh judgments tend to come more easily to us. While it might be easy to fall into, there's really no upside to this negativity. It just fuels unpleasant feelings in you and causes you to view the outside world in less enjoyable ways.
Worry can quickly wear down the body when it goes on too much. It's normal for us to worry about things from time to time, like the results of a test or while waiting for health news. However, sometimes we can fall victim to worry that is out of place, or in greater amounts than necessary. Issues like anxiety can play into endless worry directed towards things that don't deserve it. Learning how to cope with this worry can save you a lot of energy in the long term.
We may not always think about the things we put into our body, but there's so much about our lives they can effect. Things like sugar and carbohydrates can be delightful to the taste buds, but too much of these things can create unwanted effects in the body, causing crashes and also making you more prone to mood swings and difficulty with concentrating.
Comfort zones are comfortable. They're safe, and they're places with low levels of risk. However, staying within your comfort zone doesn't encourage growth. Staying put doesn't allow us to reach for our goals, gain new experiences or learn necessary lessons from those instances when we may make mistakes or even fail at something.
Making promises to yourself or others that you don't end up keeping can be a huge internal drain. Each broken promise leaves you with more and more guilt, which can really wear you down. Instead, it's a good idea to limit the promises you make to those you know you can keep. There's a lot to be said about simply being honest with yourself and others.
It's not abnormal to enjoy hearing or talking about the scandalous things that might be going on in the lives of others. However, it includes spending a lot of energy and concern about things that typically don't involve you. If it does involve you, the energy spent is even worse. Rather than wasting that energy, it's best to focus on your own life and move forward.
It's hard to pull yourself out of a relationship that is causing you dissatisfaction. Sometimes you may feel like you can help the person you're with, or that if you just hang in there a little longer, they'll improve. In all honesty, it's often just not worth wasting the time, especially if the other person isn't putting in the honest effort to make changes.
Living your life for others is exhausting and impossible. It can be so tempting to try to impress others, make them proud or just prove that you're worthy of their attention. That said, it's impossible to keep everyone else happy, and trying can often cause you to forget yourself and your own needs. It's far better to make sure that you're making yourself happy first.
The following are habits that can help to keep you feeling great. Using them, you can create a sturdy foundation and a well of positive energy that you can draw from when hard times roll around, or when you really need to get some hard work in. They're absolutely worth making use of!
Exercise requires energy, but it can also leave you feeling pleasant and energized. It also doesn't have to be an extremely intense workout to create the effects you need. You can go for a short run, jog or walk, do some yoga or even dance. Tailor it to your fitness level and preferences and you'll find that exercise doesn't have to be a difficult or painful thing to do.
Another energy booster that not many think of is hydration. With so many drink options in the world today, it's so easy to reach for a soda, iced tea or other tasty drink. However, these options don't hydrate you and can often actually work as diuretics, leaving you more dehydrated. Instead, stick with water. It's effective, includes no calories and is often free!
Simple things like brushing your teeth, taking showers and engaging in other self care activities can help to provide you a bit of a boost. This is especially true for those with depression, who may find that even the smallest self care activities can sometimes feel like climbing a mountain. That said, self care is important to everyone, and key for feeling well overall.
The way you talk to yourself can either provide you a boost, or bring you down. Don't forget to be gentle with yourself, avoid harsh judgments, criticism or setting impossible goals. When you falter, or when something isn't working out the way you wanted, make the effort to be kind to yourself. There are already consequences to your actions in the real world, it doesn't help to also beat yourself up mentally.
Making sure you get plenty of sleep is also key to having plenty of energy. Adults need somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping too much can result in sluggishness, while not getting enough sleep can leave you foggy, cranky and exhausted. Make sure that you're getting plenty of sleep on a regular basis!
In addition to sleep, eating plenty of nutritious food can also keep your body functioning to the best of it's ability. The key to this is really making sure that you consume plenty of nutritious foods, more so than thinking about cutting back on food. It can also often be easier to work on adding healthy food rather than subtracting unhealthy food from your diet.
Stress can really exhaust us, leaving us in poor moods, susceptible to things like anxiety and depression, and just fatigued overall. Consequently, it's a great idea to learn some coping skills that best help you to relieve that stress. For some, a workout is a great way to handle it, while in other cases it may require a hot bath, some meditation or a night out!
It may sometimes be tempting to turn to things like alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to relieve the tension of everyday life. In rare cases, it can be fun to have a night out at the bars with friends, and there's certainly nothing wrong with it! When it comes to these things, it's best to keep a healthy balance. If that enjoyment has become an addiction or you're concerned about it in any way, it's worthwhile to seek out some help for the sake of your health.
Some of us can feel like we don't need high levels of socialization to be happy, but getting out regularly is good for your health! If we spend too much time in isolation, it can start to have negative effects on our mentality. So think about how long you can typically go before that isolation becomes a problem, and try to get enough socialization to keep you feeling well.
Healthy relationships are fantastic for providing a boost in your life. Make sure that you find people who lift you up and make you feel good. It can also be a good idea to create connections with those who are working towards similar goals. Want to get in shape? Make some exercise friends! Want to spend more time on creative projects? Find a group to be creative with!