Bad habits that will ruin your day
There are many times that you will hear individuals say: “I just want somebody that can make me happy. However, happiness is not entirely determined by someone else. It is up to the individual to pursue or direct their own path to happiness.
Certainly, it is important for one to identify and cultivate good daily habits in order to have a better chance of having a good day. However, cultivating good habits is only half the battle. The other half of the battle is for one to identify bad or toxic habits.
A little goes a long way
Whether big or small, a series of bad habits can serve to become a big deterrent and/or obstacle to your daily goals if it’s not identified. It is very important that individuals are made aware of these habits so that they can get on the fast track to personal development.
In this piece, we will go over bad habits that could serve to throw a monkey wrench in someone’s day. Note that while many of these habits seem normal, they are in fact messing up your natural rhythms and will ultimately lead to you feeling worse off during the day.
Hitting the snooze button
Believe it or not, your day can actually be thrown off by the bad habit of hitting the “Snooze” button”. Many of us have the habit of tapping the “Snooze” button in order to get 10 more minutes of sleep. However, that extra 10 minutes of sleep may our body in a combined state of being awake and sleepy.
That state is called sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is a temporary feeling of grogginess or drowsiness, which can last for several minutes after waking up. It is caused by a combination of factors, including lack of sleep and circadian rhythms (your body’s natural tendency toward sleeping during specific hours). It is not dangerous, but it can negatively impact your ability to function well throughout the day if left untreated.
Checking notifications before bed
Another bad habit that can ruin one’s day is when one checks their cell phones for texts and emails before getting out of bed. If you check your Facebook page before leaving your bed, you may find yourself comparing yourself to the lives of others. According to a recent study, checking your phone every 30 minutes for the first six hours of waking up significantly decreases your productivity throughout the day. In fact, if you do this on a regular basis (i.e., every single morning), it can even make you feel less engaged at work!
So instead of checking your phone every time you wake up, try putting your phone on “do not disturb” mode so that your alarm doesn’t go off until after 6 AM (if you want to be consistent with this new habit). If there are no important messages waiting for you, then by all means—check them now! But if there are any important messages waiting for you, don’t answer them until at least 8 AM!
Trying to prepare for tomorrow, in bed
Additionally, one may stress themselves out by looking at all the stuff they have to manage throughout the day through their emails and text messages before leaving their bed. It is best for one to check their cell phone after getting themselves ready in the morning. For many of us, checking your phone immediately upon waking up has become a habit – but it doesn’t have to stay that way!
When you get up in the morning, it’s natural to check your email and text messages. But there’s a better way to do it. Instead of checking your phone first thing, we recommend that you actually do something else before getting on the phone. For example, if you’re a morning person, try reading a book or listening to music while you get ready. This will help you relax and start your day feeling more refreshed!
Finally, one may screw up their day by skipping breakfast. A proper breakfast gets one’s day off to a good start. By not eating breakfast, one’s energy will be quite low at the beginning of the day. There’s a reason why it’s called “breakfast” – you’re breaking the fast that you did from dinner last night to this morning.
So, if you’re going to skip out on breakfast this morning and instead go back to sleep, you’re doing yourself and everyone around you a disservice. You need to get up, have some coffee or tea (or both!), and get ready for the day ahead! At least have some toast with your coffee or tea… it’ll help keep your blood sugar up!
It’s hard to believe that just a few minutes of bad habits can make your entire day more difficult than it should be. But they do! And if you’re not careful, the next day will be no better than the one before. So what can you do? First, try to avoid hitting snooze or checking your phone before going to sleep. You’ll feel a lot better in the morning—and so will everyone else around you.
Second, when preparing for tomorrow’s tasks, schedule them for a specific time and stick to it. You’ll feel more confident about what needs to be done and won’t end up fumbling around trying to remember where stuff is. And lastly, don’t skip breakfast! Your body needs fuel (and so does your mind).