10 Bad Habits That Drain Your Energy

Is getting through your day becoming a chore? Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing draining your energy. Actually, there are lots of things that you do (or don’t do) that can exhaust you both mentally and physically. This week Good Morning America aired a segment on: Bad Habits That Drain Your Energy.

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1. You skip exercise when you’re tired
Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you.

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2. You don’t drink enough water
Being even slightly dehydrated (as little as 2% of normal fluid loss) takes a toll on energy levels.

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3. You’re not consuming enough iron
An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus.

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4. You’re a perfectionist
Striving to be perfect (which, let’s face it, is impossible) makes you work much harder and longer than necessary.

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5. You make mountains out of molehills
You expect that the worst-case scenario will always occur. This anxiety can paralyze you and make you mentally exhausted.

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6. You skip breakfast
The food you eat fuels your body. Even while you are sleeping, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast. Skip it, and you’ll feel sluggish and tired.

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7. You live on junk food
Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbs (like the ones you’ll find in a box or at the drive-thru window) rank high on the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of how rapidly carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day.

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8. You stay up late on weekends
Burning the midnight oil on Saturday night and then sleeping in Sunday morning leads to difficulty falling asleep Sunday night (and a sleep-deprived Monday morning).

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9. You have trouble saying ‘no’
People-pleasing often comes at the expense of your own energy and happiness. It can make you resentful and angry over time. So whether it’s your co-worker asking you to bake treats for an office celebration or your boss seeing if you can work on a Saturday, you don’t have to say yes.

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10. You have a glass of wine (or two) before bed
Having a nightcap may sound like a good way to unwind before falling asleep, but it can easily backfire. Alcohol initially depresses the central nervous system, producing a sedative effect. However, it ultimately disrupts sleep maintenance. Alcohol creates a rebound effect as it’s metabolized, which creates an abrupt surge in the adrenaline system. This is why you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night after you’ve been drinking.

This article originally appeared on health.com

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