Nobody’s perfect, and we all have our flaws. A cat obsession (cough, cough, ME) is a definite exception to the rule, but that’s a topic for another day. The point of today’s post is facing my own personal bad habits head on, and learning to conquer them one step at a time. As clichéd as it sounds, I want to make 2018 the best year yet. Because where would we be without simple goals like that? If I can eradicate a few of my worse habits, that goal well become all the more in reach.
Habit To Break I: Going On My Phone As Soon As I Wake Up
This may come across as ridiculous to some, seeing as we are the digital generation. But regardless, hear me out. This applies more so to weekday mornings when I’m working. I wake up, immediately reach for my phone… And suddenly I’m late, under serious pressure to get everything done, and my whole morning is thrown off. The worst thing about this is that when it happens, I vow not to do it again… Until the following morning, when the cycle repeats itself. Shocker, eh? A smooth and easy morning makes for a better day, so I’m trying to cut this habit ASAP.
Habit To Break II: Putting Pressure On Myself To Constantly Do It All
This is likely to be the most important on this list. As I’ve discussed before, the most recent generation have become obsessed with the mentality of being constantly busy, myself included. If you’re constantly energised and driven in every scenario, that’s amazing. And quite frankly, I’m jealous of that trait and ability. But that doesn’t mean that we’re all obligated to do the same. Sometimes, people burn out, and need a well-deserved break to recover. Sometimes, they need a break just because. And there will never be anything wrong with that. The stigma against taking a genuine break during idle time needs to cease. As I said above, we’re all only human, we don’t have to be relentless superheroes all the time.
Habit To Break III: Guilting Myself Out Of Taking A Break
Continuing on from my last point, resting to recuperate is just as important as using time wisely. I always tend to guilt myself out of relaxation time without fail. I get worked up and restless to the point that I shouldn’t have tried at all. It’s like I feel like I don’t deserve it? I think it comes down to my complete lack of spare time. Because of my job and my long-ass commute, I have a complete every-moment-is-precious mentality. I also feel pressured to be as busy or productive as others. That means you, fellow bloggers, stop working so hard! Regardless, breaks are necessary, and we’re all entitled to them. Whether we’re desperately in need, or not.
Habit To Break IV: Eating Food That I Know Is Bad For Me
Food is fricking kryptonite for me. I try to eat somewhat well, but carbs and sugar are the literal devil. For a period during last year and for this year thus far, I’d been feeling lethargic and just shit generally. I was always exhausted and had the worst brain fog imaginable, so creating content was borderline impossible. I was actually feeling super low and hopeless too, which is scary if you think that food could cause something like that. I was eating relatively well, or so I thought. I started cutting out certain things, and going back to eating what I used to eat to see if it help. Low and behold, something shifted. I was sleeping better, feeling better when I did sleep, and I felt more creative, clear-headed and more like myself. The culprit? Soy. Who knew?
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that dairy isn’t my friend. It makes me really ill and my skin just goes downhill after a mere sniff of anything dairy-related. So I turned to soy milk, and sadly that doesn’t agree with me either. Really I should’ve known, my mum goes to a nutritionist and has been warned away from soy for the last year at least, as well as a multitude of other things like gluten and sugar. I’m going to visit her too when I can get an appointment, but for now, I’m going to cut down on the bad stuff to see if it makes a difference to how I’m feeling. Here’s hoping!
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Do you have any habits that you need to amend or break this year?