1. Procrastinating: It is natural to avoid difficult tasks and seek distractions, but having to cram five hours of work into two only creates needless stress.
2. Letting impatience control your emotions: “Minnesota Nice” may stop you from calling out a line-cutter, but it might not stop you from feeling enraged about it. However, the next time someone cuts you off in line or on the road, try to remember that life is not a race. Your turn will come. Are the two-minutes of extra waiting time worth the anger?
3. Skipping breakfast: Making time for breakfast is hard, but the important nutrients provided by a healthy and well-rounded morning meal can do wonders for how you feel the rest of the day.
4. Pointing fingers: Finding a scapegoat is easy, but ultimately unhealthy. Taking responsibility for your behavior or mistakes opens the door for future growth.
5. Sacrificing sleep: Sleep deprivation reduces brain performance, memory, coordination, multi-tasking abilities and reflexes and increases your feelings of sadness, stress or anger. As much as you may want to watch just one more episode of Netflix before bed, you need to recharge (and so does your laptop).
6. Texting during conversation: If there is a friend immediately in front of you, don’t worry about the one on your phone. Eye contact does wonders for an enriching conversation!
7. Showing up late: If you have ever shown up 15 minutes late to a class or meeting, you know how the interrupting walk-of-shame to your seat feels. Save yourself that embarrassment and leave earlier next time!
8. Drinking too much: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, meaning too much will bum you out. Also, a day spent with your head in the toilet is almost never worth the night before.
9. Letting the trash and dishes pile up: A clean home may not necessarily be a happy home, but at least it will contain a kitchen that doesn’t smell like garbage. Staying consistently tidy will also save you from all-day grime scrubbing sessions.
10. Spending too much time on social media: Making memories in real life is so much better than talking and reading about them. Unplug and learn to really engage.