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Happy Fearless Friday, Friends!
A couple of weeks ago in this newsletter, we explored the top habits people find most valuable according to our daily practice survey, so this week, it only seems fair to peek at the flip side.
While this survey only included habits that people in earlier studies told us they found helpful, there were a few areas where folks said their well-being would dramatically improve if they did them less often. The prize for best energy suckers 🧛♀️ goes to: scanning social media (49%), reading the news (48%), and shopping (31%).
If these things are such a drag, then why do we keep returning to them? Because they serve our needs, even if the outcome doesn’t. For example, scrolling can leave us frustrated and anxious while also meeting a need for a distraction and a much-needed break from a busy day.
To change our unhelpful habits, we have to know what they take AND what they give. So, if you’re looking to dump an energy drain start by asking yourself how it’s helping. Then, consider what might meet that need in a way that better serves your overall well-being.
BTW, not one single person told us they’d like to spend less time exploring nature, doing work they enjoy, reading books or non-news content, taking care of their bodies, spending time reflecting, or having deep conversations with another person.
Maybe there’s a clue for all of us there…
Here's to being courageous enough to ask ourselves the tough questions.
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