1. We make excuses or lie to ourselves.
When we’re alone it’s easy to skip exercise by telling ourselves we’re too tired or we don’t need it. It’s easy to put our heads in the sand about obligations or promises when no one else is looking. How do you make excuses or tell yourself lies when alone?
2. We quit too soon.
Without accountability or deadlines, it’s tempting to give up on a project or task before you are done. What does it matter? Who’s watching? But if we develop a habit of procrastination or lack of follow through at home, it can become a habit in all parts of our lives.
3. We analyze and obsess about appearance.
When you’re alone getting dressed or looking in the mirror, how often to you pick yourself apart, staring at your flaws and feeling bad about your appearance? If there’s something you can do to improve your appearance, take action and do it. But obsessing about it and feeling bad only hurts your self-esteem.
4. We eat or drink to much or too poorly.
When we’re alone, we tend to snack, overeat, make poor food choices, or drink too much. When no one’s watching and we aren’t standing on the scale, what’s one more bag of chips or a few extra cookies? Decide how you want to treat your body and become your own best advocate for healthy nutrition.
5. We watch to much TV.
Watching TV isn’t all bad. It’s a great way to relax. But when it becomes our fallback activity every time we’re tired or bored, we don’t stretch ourselves to pursue more creative or interesting activities. And watching a lot of TV means we are sitting or reclining too much which doesn’t support a healthy, active lifestyle.
6. We indulge in negative thinking.
When we’re alone, it’s easy to get lost in negative thoughts about ourselves, people at work, the driver who cut you off, etc. Negative thinking becomes a habit that fosters anxiety, agitation, and even depression. When you’re alone, you must find a way to catch yourself in a negative thinking loop, interrupt it, and shift your thoughts or actions to something positive.
7. We speak hurtfully to our spouse, partner, or children
It’s so easy to let your stress, anger, or bad feelings impact your closest relationships when you’re in the privacy of your home. We say thoughtless and hurtful things to the people we love the most because feel safe they won’t leave us. But would you say these things to a business partner or a friend? Who do you want to be for your loved ones?