I’ve been lucky enough to have a few readers contact me and tell me how wise I seem in these types of blog posts. I truly appreciate that feedback and obviously do work hard on myself and try and bring newly discovered concepts to you readers.
But the true and original purpose of this blog was to show that I am not perfect and that these are just concepts to help you feel a little better, not to live an impossibly perfect life.
So here’s a peek behind the (sometimes dusty, sometimes ripped) curtain of my life and 5 ways I sabotage my own day.
I check my phone during sleepless nights (and first thing in the morning)
Despite my wise mother and her tips, if I wake at 3am and can’t get back to sleep, instead of working on getting rid of my worries, I usually find myself scrolling through social media - not the best way to lull myself back to sleep.
Oh and despite having better habits in the past, I also start reading my phone as soon as I wake up in the morning...
I drink too much coffee
I have always prided myself on being a 'one coffee a day kinda gal' - sure, I definitely need that one coffee, but it’s manageable.
I work in a great area full of amazing cafes, but instead of buying one coffee on the way to work, I usually try and save money by making one at work. But then, by mid-morning, I fancy a break so go and buy one and then… usually after lunch I’m ready for another.
I know three coffees is not crazy but it’s triple where I used to be.
Maybe if I stop checking my phone at 3am I won’t be so tempted by the three coffees?!
I get distracted all day by email and chat
Some days are managed better than others but, in all honesty, whenever I start a task, I’m suddenly preoccupied by chats from coworkers or random emails from clients.
To state the obvious, this leads to barely focusing on a task longer than 10 minutes and then ending the day wondering what I’ve achieved.
Yes, communication is huge in a workplace but so is actually getting some work done.
Now that I’ve confessed this, I’m really going to work on it again.
I rarely stretch after exercise
My amazing trainer has always tried to instil stretching into my routine - and, although I want to be flexible, spending time stretching somewhat goes against what I think is important health and fitness wise.
He tells me that the most important thing in your regime is stretching, then what you eat, then working out.
He encourages me to stretch for at least 15-30 minutes a day (oh and lie on a foam roller 15 minutes a day too...) but, despite my best intentions, I usually pick a gym workout over stretching, promising myself I’ll do a big stretch at the end.
Instead I stretch for about 5 minutes and am out the door…
I know it’s going to help with my crunched-up office worker body and be particularly beneficial long term but I just do not prioritise it.
Any tips on how to prioritise stretching readers?
I eat when I’m not hungry
As I mentioned in this post, I have come a long way with intuitive eating and avoiding the lure of diets.
Most of the time I listen to my body, but for some reason after dinner, while doing some work or watching some TV, I’m still in the habit of looking for a snack.
I know my body doesn’t feel its best when I eat just before bed but I still find myself heading for the pantry for something to do.
My new strategy is to grab a tea, which usually helps, but heading for food is definitely a default mode for me.
What do you think of my sabotaging ways? How do you sabotage yourself day to day?