Happy hump day everyone :)

camel on hump day

Alrighty, so, let’s just jump right in today’s topic shall we?

Yesterday I was thinking about how badly I needed the long weekend that just passed, and I was thinking that needing a break so badly isn’t exactly a good thing. It’s one thing to be excited about a long weekend, it’s another thing entirely to feel like you “NEED” it. I was thinking about why I needed it and I realized that I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself of late. More pressure than is necessary. More pressure than is helpful or motivating. In fact it’s enough pressure to drive anyone a little batty if left unchecked and allowed to spiral.

So today I’ve decided to take a look at the top 10 bad mental habits I tend to fall into. Even though it’s not technically Thursday aka “list day” I’m doing a list. Because you know, I’m breezy!

im breezy

So for the second time in as many days, I present a how-to in reverse:

How to Lose Your Mind in 10 Ways:

10. Procrastinate. (It seems so great in the moment, but the only thing worse than dealing with that annoying thing right now is the dread and anxiety that build from that annoying thing looming over your head and then having to do that annoying thing later.)

procrastination

9. Compare yourself/ your life to others.

the race is long

8. Stay up too late.

sleepy

7. Worry about the “what ifs”. (Ex. What if I try and fail? What if I make a fool out of myself?)

what if

6. Lose sight of the bigger picture. (It’s the fastest way to freak the F out)

freaking out over nothing

5. Don’t heed #6 and freak the F out over the momentary uncertainty of your career path.

glass case of emotion

4. Be critical of others.

sinssaint

3. Stay angry at yourself about things in the past you can’t change.

hey-remember-that-thing-you-did-once-that-youre-ashamed-of-sincerely-your-brain

2. Take yourself too seriously.

dont take yourself too seriously

1. Let the fear in your head be the only voice you hear.

liar

What’s one scary thing you’ve been putting off? Do it today!

What is your biggest mental bad habit?

 

50 Thoughts on “How To Lose Your Mind In 10 Ways

  1. Amen to hump day! Is it me, or are short work weeks sometimes worse than full weeks because you’re trying to cram the same amount of work into less time?

    I’ve been guilty of every single item in your countdown at some point. And I often combine them, working myself into a full-on frenzy. Trying to be better about giving myself a break and not being so darn hard on myself. But old habits die hard!
    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama recently posted…5 Things That Suck about Working from HomeMy Profile

    • Yeah at the end of the day you realize that the only person responsible for all this pressure is yourself. ahh old habits do die hard. and yeah short weeks CAN be stressful trying to get 5 days worth of work into 4!!

  2. Love all of these. I definitely do all of them. Especially when I’m avoiding something that is stressing me out, I end up stressing out MORE because it’s all I think about. Counterproductive, don’t ya think? I’m not really putting anything off today but I’m sure I could come up with something!
    pickyrunner recently posted…You’re healthy enoughMy Profile

    • Oh that is me to a T- i put stuff off that I don’t want to do but then the stress of thinking about that thing looming over me is always 10x worse than if i had just gotten it over with.

  3. I LOVE that bunny GIF. I crack up every single time I see it!

    My biggest mental bad habit is most definitely procrastination. For things that are really really important and have a big giant unavoidable deadline, I’m usually good at spacing myself out. But for things that are (1) not that important but still mildly important, (2) don’t have a clear deadline, or (3) have a deadline that’s faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar in the future, I will put things off.

    Case in point: I should have spent the past week studying for MCATs. I’m still on page 4 of my first book. Whoops…
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  4. Numbers 9, 7, 6, and 1 are the bad habits I’m most guilty of unfortunately.
    Hope you’re feeling better about things after the long weekend. Sometimes they come at just the right time!
    Happy hump day!
    Abby @ Change of Pace recently posted…Wednesday web links – trail running on my mindMy Profile

    • its soo true. yeah now that i JUST joined facebook, ive been doing a lot of comparing myself to others that i dont usually do… i think its somewhat unavoidable. facebook is an interesting beast!

  5. Oh my gosh, yes yes yes to all of this.

    I think that each one in itself is usually manageable so long as it’s temporary. The problems start when it becomes long-term and they start piling on top of each other.

    I TOTALLY get what you mean about putting too much on yourself. I think there’s a lot of pressure in general to be a Super Duper Mega Achiever, especially because our generation is often accused of not knowing what we want.

    Growing up is really hard! :(
    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because recently posted…“Savor” Book ReviewMy Profile

    • AMEN to all of this. you’re absolutely right – its when these things start to pile up after a long-term pattern of doing them that they actually become a problem. and gosh growing up really is hard :)

  6. Ughh… I guess I REALLY needed to read your blog today. Lol. Been putting off my online grad school homework (i.e. the lovely discussion board questions), and I Really need to get hat done… TODAY. I always feel so much better once it’s done! :-) My worst mental habit is clearly #10. Lol!
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    • hahaha yeah number 10 probably should have been #1, the more i think about it. i put off everything that seems unpleasant. i need to dive into a few of those things in the upcoming weeks for sure!

  7. What a great list! In fact you are spot on!
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  8. All of these ways hit the nail on the head for me! I’m such a big anxious worry wart, you can even ask my boyfriend. Sometimes in the midst of my thinking, I have to take a step back and realize how little of a thing this is and how big I’m turning it into.

    Also, you have to realize the word ‘sonder’: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
    (definition taken from Google)

    Happy hump day!
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  9. Yours lists are the best and you’re forgiven for doing one on the wrong day! Haha! I can’t keep up with all the blog trends so your Wednesday list is a good as gold. Sorry you’ve been putting too much pressure on yourself – but glad you’ve made a list to counteract all that stuff. Procrastination and me are best friends, but I thrive under pressure (is that healthy?) so in my head, it’s all good. LOL. I’ve been putting off cleaning my room and doing laundry. I’ll let you know if I get to it today, ha!
    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted…Loosely TrainingMy Profile

    • Hahaha oh laundry and I do not get along. i put laundry off as long as possible. its my least favorite chore. hands down. i would rather do anything than laundry!

  10. I can sometimes worry about things that might never happen or that I can’t ever control. I can also sometimes compare myself to others, and I hate when I do this! I am really working on getting better at this!
    thesavedrunner recently posted…Playing Catch-Up From the Last Two WeeksMy Profile

    • Yep, it’s soo easy to compare yourself to others especially with all the social media we have! but at the end of the day everybody has talents and everybody has problems, its important to remember that :)

  11. Number 8 and number 3…that is all me. Despite the fact that I get up an hour earlier than I was when I was in school, I’m still staying up to the same hour that I was…probably not the best idea. And that exact cartoon happens to me ALL THE TIME. So frustrating!
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  12. Check, check, check, and… yup… check! Apparently I’m well on my way to losing my mind. I do far too many of these things, with procrastination and “what-ifs” being my biggest problem. That being said, there was one scary thing that I’ve been putting off for months (years even?) that I just committed to over the weekend, but it’s still kind of hush-hush so I can’t say more than that just yet :mrgreen:
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  13. I love the list. It’s very true and I have to say I can relate.
    Hit me the most – angry at yourself about things in the past you can’t change.
    I have to learn to let go and move on. :/
    Ja @ Ja on the RUN recently posted…Simply BreakfastMy Profile

    • I know- that one hits me from time to time too. Its so important to move on and let go of the things you cant change. easy to say, hard to remember :)

  14. Numbers 7 and 6 are totally me right now. I’m buying a house and there are so many what ifs and uncertainties and I keep thinking the whole thing is going to fall through even though there’s really no reason for it to and… gah! Yes, we all need to relax a little :)
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  15. Bahaha SO TRUE!!! My husband would tell me that #6 and #8 were me TO A TEE! (or T, I never know…) That bunny falling asleep seriously cracked me up. I am a totally different person when I don’t get enough sleep, and everyone around me has to suffer my wrath as well. No sleep = no good terrible very bad day! And freaking out over nothing…umm HELLO shut the you know what up brain! If I had a dollar for everytime I freaked out over nothing I would be a bajillionaire!!! AND my stress levels and blood pressure would also be in tip-top shape. If only girls weren’t wired to be worry warts! This girl at least! Great post!
    Sarah @ Sweet Miles recently posted…“then try harder!”My Profile

    • LOL well this girl is wired the same way! i worry about absolutely everything. i need to at least remember to let go of the things i have no control over, but still, thats really hard to do :)

  16. Yeah, soooo…I do all of these. Mind: lost! 😉 What-ifs are my biggest nemesis, but I’ve been making some pretty good strides in doing less of that nonsense. :) Also, that bunny gif is amazeballs. It’s so me sometimes! (Except I’m, y’know, not fluffy and decidedly not adorable when I can barely stay conscious at my desk.) 😉

    Happy Hump Day to you too, m’dear!
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    • Lol, i love that bunny gif too. i’ve been asking too many “what ifs” since i was a child. i really need to get a handle on those. what ifs, and that that voice of fear in my head are pretty similar. it all comes down to things you cant control. i need to learn to let those things go.

  17. Ha, really great list – I can relate to all those things! I’ve been putting off really pursuing a job in Oregon, I really need to get on top of it! Sigh. Happy Wednesday!
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  18. Hmm I am definitely a worrier. I also tend to overanalyze everything and then end up deriving some deeper meaning from the most trivial things that I’m sure are incorrect, yet my brain believes. I felt like I “needed” the long weekend too. Maybe I”ll have to reevaluate why like you did, good idea. And Amen to hump day! Have a great one, pretty lady!
    Her Happy Balance recently posted…Feetures! Giveaway Winner & Just Checking In…My Profile

    • Ohh that’s a good one- i forgot to include over-analyze. Lol i probably over analyzed this list so much, i completely forgot what I was doing. i am so guilty of that all the time.

  19. The Lean In group (a revolution that’s begun after Sandberg’s book) did this really jarring study where it asked women what they would be if they weren’t afraid. People said things like be an author or a ballerina and completely deviated from what they are actually doing. I thought of this when I read your last point b/c you are right – it’s very easy to lose your mind when you lose yourself and don’t have faith in your abilities. Ok, soap box rant done for the day. Great post!
    Natalie@fit.fun.femme. recently posted…Wordless WednesdayMy Profile

    • oh wow, i didnt know a group had sprung up from her book. that makes perfect sense. im going to google that in a minute. its so interesting that what women want to do often deviates so far from what they actually do. i wonder if its the same for men? i need to read this lean-in group study.

  20. Yes, yes, yes! I couldn’t agree more, especially with the procrastination point and the one about giving in to the freak-outs as opposed to seeing them coming, pointing at them, and saying “not this time, mental breakdown!”. Plus, how often do we procrastinate and then do the thing we were procrastinating and say “man, I’m so glad that’s done, why didn’t I just do it the first time I thought about it?!”

    My biggest mental block is the fear of looking dumb. I hate it. It makes me feel very uncomfortable and even now I’m feeling my cheeks flush a bit at the thought. And sometimes that fear will keep me from trying new things, which is cray-cray. So I’ve recognized it, and now am starting the challenge of working on it!
    Chelsea recently posted…Let’s talk Daily BurnMy Profile

    • i swear sometimes we were separated at birth. my cheeks started to blush when i was reading “the fear of looking dumb” just because i empathize so much with that statement. i blush all the time for absolutely no reason. its so embarrassing. i really need to tackle that as well.

  21. You go girl! Talk about calling yourself out and putting it out there. I am bowing down to you right now!

    I’ve had a lot of all of these lately as I start teaching yoga. It’s so easy to compare myself to others, let fear in my head and then totally lose my sh*t. So – as soon as I start to let the fear inside take over I say a little mantra to myself “I am confident and awesome”. I don’t allow my negative thoughts to exist and just repeat this over and over to myself until I’ve successfully chased away whatever was lurking.

    Try it out!
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    • Ahh omg I LOVE your mantra!! I’m going to start using it!!! thats so awesome. because its so true, all you need is a little confidence in the moment and you can do just about anything with it. love it. your comment put such a big smile on my face!!

  22. I love this! It’s all so true! Especially the being critical of others part. That’s why I love the HLB community- everyone is so open and nonjudgmental!
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  23. We definitely all do those at some point. My worst is worrying about things that I can’t change or that haven’t happened yet. I’m just like my mom that way.
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  24. My biggest “bad” metal habit is my self image…which is odd for me ‘cause I am totally NOT an insecure person

  25. I wore shorts out and about today because it was like a thousand degrees and all day long I kept looking at my thighs to see how bad the cellulite was. Every mirror I passed by, every window. At the end of the day I was exhausted and kicking myself for not having more dresses. What a thing to bug out over. PS starting cellulite treatments tomorrow! It never ends.

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