There are everyday habits that drain your energy beyond just obvious ones, like a lack of sleep or a stressful day at work. There are things you do (and those that you don’t) that can affect your energy levels throughout the day. So, what’s constantly zapping your energy?
To find out, we talked with two medical experts about the most common energy-draining habits and how to break them.
Your messy desk
Heaping piles of paper and junk—either on your desk or anywhere in your home—can shift your brain into overdrive and overload. In a 2011 study in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute asked volunteers to focus on one object and then moved another object into their view. When object number two appeared, the investigators noticed a fuzzy version of that item pop up in the participants’ brain scans. Their conclusion: The more clutter in your living or working space, the more difficult it is for your brain to concentrate, causing it to tire over time.
This theory applies to the kitchen too. A study published in 2016 in Environment and Behavior suggests that a disorganized kitchen can add to stress levels and lead to unhealthy, high-calorie food choices. (These are the daily habits of naturally energetic people.)