Bad Habits

Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Day to Day | 2 comments

Bad Habit Central

Where habits are formed

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” Dr. Rob Gilbert

Are you reinforcing habits that no longer serve you? I didn’t think I was until I woke up this morning and realized that I was tired – and that I was tired yesterday and the day before too. Hmm. Physically, I’m fine. I’ve had a check-up pretty recently and my health is great.

My sleep patterns however are in serious need of a make-over. There have been way too many nights in my life where I go to bed at two in the morning and have to wake up at 5:30. I’ve been this way my entire life. The only difference is that when I was younger, I could get by on a few hours of sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. Now, not so much.

I’ve told myself and anyone who’s questioned my sanity that I’m both a night owl and morning person. The reality is that while I may be – my body is starting to rebel. It’s new for me to wake up feeling tired. It’s not low iron (which I have and take supplements for), it’s not diet or exercise, I have a very healthy lifestyle. My body is finally telling me “enough”.

For years, I’ve trained myself to believe that I didn’t need much sleep, that it didn’t affect me, and that I was much more productive sleeping as little as possible. I’ve decided that I really don’t like the way I feel when I don’t get enough sleep, and it’s time to do something about it. As I type this, I peek over to the bottom right of my screen. The clock reads 10:27 p.m. typically; this is when my second wind begins. Tonight however, it’s when I will start to wind down.

Is there anything in your life that’s become a habit that no longer serves you? What are you doing to change it? I’d love to know!

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  1. The sleep thing… I hear you. My other bad…really bad… habit is smoking. I want to quit. I really do. But… I still buy them even though I know it isn’t serving my body, or soul very well. I’ve heard it said that you can’t remove something from your life without replacing it with something else. It seems to be an emotional, spiritual, and physical truth. I think we all self-medicate to some degree, and I am beginning to flirt with an idea: Self-medicate in a healthy way. So I am trying to decide…. what is there that is healthier, and that I would enjoy, with which I can replace my habit of nicotine. When I went through my divorce, I lost 60-pounds. As soon as I say that, friends will say, “That’s GREAT! How did you do it?” I usually respond, “I don’t recommend my diet plan… Coffee, Camels, and Crisis.”

    Now while the crisis has slowed, it’s time to find a new, healthier diet plan. It must be one that I will stay with because I want to become who I was created to be in a fuller measure. So…. I’m still looking….

  2. Yes, I had your habit too -a long time ago. Definitely not good for asthma! It was stress related for me as well, I started right around divorce time, thankfully replaced it with exercise.

    When I remarried, my hubby smoked and ended up quitting by coincidence on National Stop Smoking Day when he was battling the flu. I think he then joined another softball team, lol.

    You’ll find something you enjoy, and I’m sure it will get you closer to your long-term goals. There are great healthy cooking classes – makes it seem like less of a diet, and more about healthy living and learning something new. 😉