Guest post written by Julia Mitchell of outspiration.net
Our lives are made up of a series of actions that we choose to take. If you feel anything less than fulfilled, happy, and whole, it may be time to change some of these actions. Today, we’ll take a look at a few bad habits that have no place in anyone’s life.
Fighting with the ex.
With divorce comes a huge responsibility, especially when you have children together. While there will be some uncomfortable moments, these should never play out in front of your children. Learning how to co-parent together and making a plan to do so is a great way to alleviate tension between you and your ex. Open Space Mediation offers co-parenting mediation services to help you and your former spouse know your responsibilities so that you can each act in the best interest of your shared family.
Poor time management.
You only have 24 hours in each day, and at least eight of those are probably dedicated to work. What do you do with the other hours? If you stay busy just for the sake of being busy, feel physically and mentally exhausted by tasks you hate, or simply don’t have time to do the things you love, it’s time you reframe the way you look at the value of your time. Something as simple as assigning a dollar amount per hour to your time may help you use it more wisely.
Living in clutter and chaos.
When your home is disorganized and dirty, you won’t feel your very best. Take the time today to clean at least one room. This should include organizing and getting rid of excess clutter. Doing so now will help you create a more positive home environment for yourself and your entire family.
Believing what you see on social media.
There is nothing wrong with people sharing happy moments in their lives. But, social media does not always reflect the big picture. As the American Association for the Advancement of Science explains, people tend to share things that simply aren’t true more than the mundane things based in reality.
Eating unhealthy food.
Your diet is one of the most important aspects of your overall health and well-being. If you fill your plate with processed and fried foods, you may experience constipation, heartburn, bloating, and nausea. Although you can expect these things to happen occasionally, if you can avoid doing this to yourself, you should. Instead, eat whole foods and prioritize healthy snacks when possible. One example of ways to change your eating habits is to have a salad with grilled chicken instead of a fried chicken sandwich and chips.
Netflix and chill should not be your after-work activity every day. In fact, you should prioritize exercise at least five days each week. This is especially true if you have trouble with cognition, as a quick workout or evening stroll is a great way to boost your mental capacity by oxygenating your brain, according to Scientific American.
Staying in an unhealthy relationship.
Unhealthy relationships are not always physically abusive. Verbal or emotional abuse or negligence can be just as damaging. If your relationship makes you feel afraid, unhappy, or inadequate, these are red flags that you are doing yourself more harm than good by staying with your partner.
The things you don’t do are just as important in your life as the things that you do. Bad habits, like living in a cluttered house, mismanaging your time, and sticking in a relationship that makes you feel less than you are, have no place in a happy and healthy whole you.
Divorce is never easy, but there is a gentler path toward dissolving your marriage. Open Space Mediation offers free consultations. Call (970) 818-2209 for more information.
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