How To Ruin Your Day

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If you recognise any of the steps, don't worry, you're not alone.

I've been there.

Living on autopilot somehow leads to lowered standards and in extreme cases cultivates lifelong habits that are detrimental to our wellbeing.

While human beings are good at scanning for immediate threats and taking action appropriately, we aren't very good at noticing small things that could be very harmful to us over time.

Subtle things that take you off track and in a few short weeks become deep habits that feel impossible to shake off.

From the above list...

Habits 1, 12, 18 and 20 can lead to sleep disorders and poor metabolism.

Habits 2,5,7 13 and 15 can lead to anxiety, attention deficit disorder and other mental disorders.

Habits 4,8 and 19 could increase your consumption of processed food and lead to lifestyle disorders such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

And yet, no one's sounding the alarm to prevent us from destroying ourselves in this pernicious fashion.

But every now and again, a little voice pipes up asking us to change.

Like a little compass needle, even if everything is spinning out of control, maybe a tiny part of you wants to skip social media for a week or stop watching that series because it's overrated anyway. Maybe for once the voice is asking you to eat something healthy because the stuff you've been eating lately is making you tired instead of giving you energy.

But there's an arsenal of reactions to counter this voice…

"I'm not addicted, I can stop living like this anytime"

"I'll start this productive good habit thing tomorrow"

"Maybe I'll start this after I've finished this series, it's just starting to get interesting"

For once, pay more attention to that little voice.

Listen, really listen to what it's trying to tell you.

And give in, and do what’s good for you instead of just doing what feels good.

If it takes small bad habits to lead us to destruction, it's also true that small good habits can lead us to a better life.

The key is consistency.

It pays to get very serious about constantly picking what's good for you.

It may just save your life.

Author of 'How to be a Lighthouse'. I write for those pursuing excellence and meaning.

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