14 Energy-Draining Everyday Habits To Avoid

14 Energy-Draining Everyday Habits To Avoid

14 Energy-Draining Everyday Habits To Avoid

Life Is Short. Make Your Time Well Spent And Treat Yourself Well.

Habits are the foundation of who we are as a person and as a professional. We are the product of our everyday habits, and we choose every day whether we want to improve ourselves, maintain excellence or contribute to our own discontent. But first we must be aware of bad habits, so we can take the necessary steps to change them.

Here are 14 bad habits that are easy to justify in the moment, but are hurtful in the long term:

Taking Things Personally

When you attribute every interaction a person has with you to how they feel about you, it's exhausting and more often than not it's not correct. Chances are, it's not about you, and you're not helping the situation by taking it personally. Not taking things personally will save you a lot of stress and your workplace a lot of needless strain.

Holding On To The Past

The past is what it is, there isn't utility to holding grudges or being angry. The only person you're impacting by holding on to the past is you. So let things go, if not for them, then for you.

Always Checking Email & Social Media

If someone has to wait a couple of hours for an email, then they wait. The world won't end, so relax.

Constantly Worrying

Worrying does not solve the problem. If something is out of your hands, then it's out of your hands and there is no point in worrying about it. If there is something you can do about it, then stop worrying and take action. Worrying is a waste of energy, focus on what you can control.


If you are negative you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. You are not only draining your energy, you're draining your colleagues' energy, the workplace's energy, your friends' and family's energy, etc. It is not productive, so try and focus on the positive.

Sleeping Too Much

Sleeping too much does not increase your energy, create energy reserves or make you more present when you are awake. It has the opposite impact, too much sleep makes you lethargic. That being said, make sure you're getting enough sleep, seven to eight hours a night, as it is a major contributor to your health and energy.

Poor Diet

You know what I'm about to say, if you're eating too much sugar, carbs and trans fat you're just giving energy away to snacks and meals. Be thoughtful about what you eat, eat food that gives you energy, like greens, lean protein and healthy fats, not food that takes it away.


By complaining you are not only projecting negativity, but you're forcing the people around you to work in spite of it. No one wants to be around the person who complains about everything. Do not be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution, because people do not want to hear it. Do something productive instead.

Not Following Through

Promising a friend, a colleague or your boss something and not following through, you create more stress, anxiety and work for yourself on the back end, and it depletes your self-esteem. Do what you say you are going to do, when you say you will do it and you will have more energy and self-esteem.

Being A Passenger

Being a passenger in your own life and career makes you feel like you are tagging along on your own life. Seize control and get in the driver's seat. No one is going to care more about your life and career than you will, so if you are unhappy, seize control and change your life.


Once you have thought things through and you make a decision, stand by it. Overthinking things is usually unproductive and just creates needless stress. Square with whatever risk you take with making a certain decision, do what you can to mitigate it, and then follow through. Overthinking doesn't create a better outcome, it just drains your energy while you're executing a tough decision, which isn't good for you.

Gossiping And Participating In Drama

Discussing and creating drama does nothing to advance or career or build better relationships with your colleagues and friends. It is wasting energy on something that likely has nothing to do with you and is not any of your business. Don't expend energy discussing other people, or trying to make their life more difficult by causing drama. Put that energy into your own self-care and self-improvement.

Unhealthy Relationships

In addition to not complaining, not gossiping and not causing drama, you should not surround yourself with people who do those things. They are toxic, and chances are, if they are talking about people behind their back, they are talking about you too. Surround yourself with people who are positive, and who dedicate their energy to their own excellence and lifting up those around them.

Constantly Trying To Please Others

You will never please everyone, so it's best to just try and please yourself. Are you happy and proud of who you are? That's all that matters, if some people do not like you when you're at your best, that is not your issue, that is theirs.




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