No matter who you are or how successful you seem to be; there are always habits that you need to break. Habits are patterns or forms of behavior that are wired into our brains through repetition, and while it may seem like most fall into the category of 'good or bad,' all patterns are connected to a larger emotional trigger that later forms into our day-to-day routines.
Habits become hard to break once they become routine because they keep you from re-inventing the wheel in your daily life; however, these same [bad] habits can land you down the rabbit hole of doing things that keep you from being productive and successful. In a post last month, I talked about three things I'm learning to let go of, and each one of those are connected to an unhealthy habit that I also need to break. So, if you, like me, are holding onto these five unhealthy habits, here is how you can break each.
For the past few months, I've been in such a weird space because I know I'm supposed to be doing something bigger and more intentional with my life than working corporate America (this is not to bash 9-to-5ers), but I feel stuck, and unable to turn the corner towards the life I'm supposed to live. I've found myself [sometimes] doing nothing to change the situation and quickly realized this makes me feel worse, so for the past few weeks, I've focused on finishing one task per day. Doing this avoids the vicious cycle of feeling like everything is weighing you down; it creates a sense of focus and accomplishment once the job is completed. Holding on to those feelings without creating direct actions will only lead you towards creating new [bad] habits, so I encourage you to let go of what you're holding on to and start by focusing on the one task that needs to get done—today.
Not enough sleep
There's this weird notion that if you're resting or sleeping, you're not working hard enough; this is furthest from the truth because an irregular sleep pattern can impact your health. Your body likes rhythm and surprisingly, routine. Going to bed at 11 pm one night and 1 am another or waking up at 7 am some mornings and sleeping in on others will take its toll on your body and eventually wear you down. Doing this seems impossible, but this consistency will help you regulate your body, allowing you to focus and have more energy, and increased productivity. These types of routines are tedious, but I've been going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, and I've noticed a shift in my energy and willingness to crawl myself out of bed.
Procrastination is a [really] bad habit of mine, and the [collective] mantra of 'I'll do it later' never works especially when it pertains to getting work done. If there are things that need to get done, I have to commit myself to sit down, block out distractions, and do the work; it's not easy, but it's necessary to create a healthy routine that combats unhealthy ones. As I mentioned before, procrastination is a symptom of fear, and if you're consistently procrastinating, there's an underlying fear that's holding you back. I urge you to identify what that fear is, so you break the unhealthy habit of procrastination.
It's [very] true when they say you're a mix of the five people you spend the most time with, and if you're spending time with energy suckers, you will have no energy left to give yourself and eventually become one of those people. Be it friends, family, relatives, or co-workers; you must eliminate your tendency to attract people who suck you dry and feed your unhealthy habits. Think about it, do you enjoy spending time with people who bring you down and leave you with no energy? Properly not, but it's something we're all guilty of, but I learned early on to be mindful of the energy I feel from others, and if it doesn't sit right within me, I can not be around them—no matter who it is. If you [really] want to change your life and become the best version of yourself, it's essential that you surround yourself with those who are vibrating at a higher level; those who are empowering, inspiring and working towards bettering themselves.
Should you care what people think about you, no, it's none of your business. Should you do things to please other people, no, you should be doing things that satisfy you and serve others—there is a difference. But too often we form the unhealthy habit of doing and saying that to please others and their feelings without taking into account our own; this leads to resentment and dissatisfaction within your own life. It's time you pause, evaluate what it is that you want to do everything in your power to achieve it without the need to please anyone but yourself.
None of us are perfect, and we're constantly growing, and part of the growing process is letting go of unhealthy habits that are holding you back from living the life you are meant to live. I hope these tips help you identify the areas you may need to improve and encourage you to step into faith to help you change them. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.