1. You’re always tired.
It’s one thing to be tired after a last-minute grind in the office, but if you’re perpetually exhausted, then something needs to change. Your sleeping habits might be holding you back. Not only are you less productive when you don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, you’re prone to eating more unhealthy food the following day as well. And you know how the snooze button is your best friend every morning? Turns out, you’re actually making your mornings harder than they need to be. Eliminate distractions and train your body to rest and wake up around the same time.
2. You never work out.
Being tamad is something every person can relate to; we all have our don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed days. And sure, when you were in your 20s, you might get away with not breaking a sweat—youth has a lot of perks! But what happens when life catches up? You need to take care of your body. You need to not be catching your breath after climbing a flight of stairs, and you need to stop avoiding the gym just because you’re insecure about how you look on the treadmill. Nobody cares if you’re jiggling!
3. You only eat fast food, canned goods, or microwaved meals.
We know that, sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long day at work is prepare a meal from scratch—we’re all guilty of dropping by the nearest convenience store for a quick bite. But pay attention to what you’re consuming. You shouldn’t be eating like a teenager anymore. Not only do you have fewer chances to burn all the garbage you’re putting in your body, but feeding your body right pays off in the long run.
4. You’re afraid of checking your bank account.
If you only like checking your bank account during pay day, then you might need to reassess your spending habits. While we all deserve a treat once in a while, make sure it doesn’t become a pattern. Don’t fall into the practice of giving yourself a gift every single time you have a bad day. If, however, you really need a pick-me-up, look for ways to make yourself feel better without crippling your bank account. (Yes, it’s possible.)
5. You hate answering questions about your future.
We know how frustrating it can be when your relatives ask about your future, especially because it’s none of their business! Whether they're nosy or really just curious, think about why those questions bother you. If it’s because they don’t sound supportive or well-meaning, then you have every right to be upset. If, however, it’s due to the fact that you have no idea what you want to do or what kind of life you want to have, it’s time to sit down and figure it out. Don’t just aimlessly go with the flow. Make a plan and find the answers you need.
6. You’re always comparing yourself to others.
With the rise of Instagram, it’s impossible not to feel a twinge of insecurity while you’re scrolling through your feed, even when you know that almost everything on there is curated. If you’re constantly left feeling unhappy after seeing those types of posts, think about the reasons behind that. Are you holding yourself to an unattainable standard? Why don’t you feel pretty enough or smart enough or good enough? Don’t hesitate to make certain life changes if it means being happier with who you are.
7. You tell white lies about yourself.
When we’re at our lowest, we don’t exactly scream it at the top of our lungs. In fact, we try our best to hide that from people. Women, especially, say “I’m fine” even when we’re far from it. And yes, it works for some people—projecting positivity can be a powerful thing, but if you need help to stay afloat, reach out. Be honest about what you’re going through, and get your life on track. Everybody needs somebody sometimes.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the FemaleNetwork.com editors.