It’s no secret that lack of sleep will leave you feeling tired, drained, and irritable. But if you’re constantly exhausted yet you’re getting plenty of sleep, there could be another explanation.

Many people keep several bad habits that tend to drain the life right out of them. In fact, you might be keeping one of these energy-draining habits without even realizing it.

Here are five bad habits that drain your energy and how to quit them:

1. Hanging Around Toxic People

Toxic people have a way of sucking the life out of you. Or more succinctly, they are energy vampires. Yes, they have a name for it! Have you noticed that even one night hanging out with a toxic person can leave you feeling drained and full of negative energy? (1)

In order to live a positive and fulfilled life, you must cut out anyone who is toxic to you. These type of people will only bring you down and drain you of your positive energy. It’s important to surround yourself with friends who support you, motivate you, and make you happy.

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2. Being Messy

It’s all too easy to leave the house a mess, especially when you’re in a hurry in the morning. Then you get to work where another mess awaits. Physical clutter causes stress, whether it’s at home or at work. Clutter creates a draw on your energy and creativity. And a cluttered digital environment, on top of it all, results in lost work hours. (2)

Clutter is one thing; dirtiness is another. When your home or work is both cluttered and dirty, that may result in poor lifestyle choices, poor eating habits, and poor sleep. All of that can certainly lead to stress and lower energy! Check out these tips for a cleaner home and maybe translate that to your workspace, too.

3. Holding Grudges

It can be extremely difficult to get over something that brought you pain. Especially when it’s someone close to you who has hurt or betrayed you. Healing takes time, but making the decision to move on is the first step. Holding a grudge will only keep that pain with you. As Psychology Today puts it, a grudge match is You vs. You. And that is a no-win situation! (3)

As hard as it is to forgive and move on, it’s the best thing to do for your mental health.


4. Paying Bills Late

No one likes to pay bills, but most of us have them. Making them a priority can help balance your life and lower stress levels. Late bills can cause late payments, unwanted phone calls, and extra anxiety. To keep your energy up and avoid added stress, pay your bills on time! (4)

Pro Tip:  Check out David Wolfe’s Stress Hacks course!

5. Not Taking Care of Yourself

Being sick, whether physically, mentally or emotionally, can drastically affect your energy. One of the most important things you can do for your mind and your body is to put your health first. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, and take time to do things that make you happy. With a healthy mind, body and soul, you’ll be able to live a life full of happiness and positive energy.

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David Wolfe
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