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4 Toxic Habits That Drain Your Energy

4 Toxic Habits That Drain Your Energy

What if you are having energy leaks and suffering badly, but you are unaware of it? Here’re 4 toxic habits that you should get rid of to stop energy leaks.

Although you may have had a physical break in 2020, you probably still have not had a mental break. The stress hangover from 2020 means your days are about playing catch up rather than starting on a clean slate. You may tick the right boxes on nutrition, movement, hydration, clutter, and sleep.

Even so, you operate in a constant brain fog. It is the unobvious energy leaks that have a significant consequence if not treated.

When a nail creates a slow puncture on your car tire, you can get away with a temporary fix so you can continue to drive on it for a few more weeks. However, if left unattended it will eventually cause a flat tire, a damaged rim, and will be expensive to repair.

It’s the same with you.

If you ignore your energy leaks for too long, the consequences are damaging and very costly mentally, emotionally, and even financially. Effective time management and stress management come down to your energy management.

Consider the following sources of these energy leaks.

Related: 15 Toxic Habits You Need To Give Up To Win In Life

4 Toxic Habits That Drain Your Energy

#1 You Procrastinate On Your Health

Procrastination is the habit of delaying a task to another time and is one of the major reasons for energy leaks. We postpone action for many reasons, the most common being an unclear starting point, fear of failure, or fear of not being perfect.

Let’s say you have scheduled yourself to work on the client presentation on Monday morning. When you open your laptop to begin, you convince yourself that watching cat videos or browsing holiday destinations is a much better option.

Every day you postpone the task, that nagging feeling builds until the guilt and self-loathing becomes unbearable.

Tim Urban speaks about this phenomenon in his TED talk, Inside the mind of a master procrastinator. He refers to this internal force as The Panic Monster. When the deadline is dangerously close, the Panic Monster kicks in and eventually catapults you to action.

This seemingly harmless habit is a massive energy leak, but your saving grace is you have a safety net of the deadline. The phone call eventually has to be made, and the presentation has a due date.

Procrastination becomes a hazardous leak when you apply this habit to your health.

Far too often, people are aware of a health issue, but like the task, they avoid dealing with it. It starts as an innocent pain in the shoulder, a daily headache, but two aspirins later, it’s forgotten again.

Does this sound familiar?

It’s that nagging feeling of avoidance that causes energy leaks. The self-talk becomes ‘I know I should go to the doctor, but I’m too busy. I know my doctor told me to go for a blood test, but I don’t have the time’.

I have clients who have ignored fatigue to the point where they passed out and landed up in the hospital with a severe injury.

Related: Embracing Your Inner Procrastinator

You don’t ignore your car’s warning system when the petrol or oil light comes on. You may leave it for a day or two, but you make sure you attend to it to avoid being stranded on the side of the road.

Your body wisdom is incredible. What are your warning lights? It may be chronic fatigue, angry outbursts, trouble falling asleep, or even depression. Ignoring this internal system will play on your mind and could result in severe long-term damage.

Please don’t disregard it because the more you do, the louder it gets until your body takes your choice away, and forces you into recovery. When you become aware of any pain or discomfort, plug the energy leak and immediately attend to it.

If you feel like procrastinating on something, tell yourself you will do 5 minutes of the task. It will help you overcome procrastination anxiety
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Lori Milner

LORI MILNER is the engaging speaker, author, coach and trainer. She is passionate about empowering women and equipping diverse teams with the tools and skills to fulfil their potential in their careers and personal lives. Her full-service consultancy, Beyond the Dress (BTD), helps individuals to build harmony into their personal and professional lives. Lori’s expertise is self-leadership; her focus areas include smart time and goal management, stress management, inter-personal skills, personal branding, mental mastery and leadership – and the result is happier and more productive people. Lori is married and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her 2 children. Lori delivered a talk for TEDxLytteltonWomen in December 2018 on the topic of ‘How to Create Micro Wins’.View Author posts