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Living every day as your authentic self is easier said than done but there are some things that highly authentic people do. 

With the rise of social media, it has become difficult to be our authentic selves.

Instead, we show people what we think they want to see.

Free yourself from the expectations of others and only worry about what you want and need.

It takes some work to get to the point where you can say you’re living every day as genuinely as possible. Take some cues from others and practice these five habits — they’re things that all highly authentic people do, and they’ll help you be more authentic too!

1. They Aren’t Judgmental 

Authentic people don’t go into anything with preconceived notions. They don’t have an opinion about someone just from the first glance. Even if their mind pipes up with a comment based on appearance, they don’t let it become their entire opinion of someone they don’t even know.

Listen and have an open mind about everything and everyone that comes your way.

It’s easy to forget that every human is unique and has their own flaws. Everyone’s story and circumstances are different. Once you understand that, you stop judging others for things they can’t necessarily control. 

Part of not being judgmental is acknowledging your own flaws and accepting them as part of yourself.

Authenticity doesn’t mean you never do anything wrong. It means you’re aware of every part of yourself, the good and the bad. When you make it a point to remember everyone has those parts, you’re not as inclined to judge.

2. They Speak Their Minds

Authentic people know themselves inside and out. That means they aren’t afraid to voice their thoughts and opinions, even if they aren’t very popular. 

They don’t feel the need to convince people that they’re right.

Knowing your own truth means you aren’t worried about people liking you. You don’t agree with someone just for the brownie points because it means more to you to be honest about who you are.

Being authentic also means learning to say no more often. 

A lot of people only say yes to things because they are afraid of some unknown consequences. The truth is, you don’t owe anyone your time or energy.

So start saying no to people and to doing things you don’t want to do. Say no to spending time with people that don’t align with the way you want to live. That’s how you make room for the things and people that truly matter to you.

3. They Have Integrity

Authentic people always do what they say they’re going to do.

Keeping your word is a big deal if you want to be an authentic person. You can’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep and claim to be genuine. 

The best way to keep your promises is not overpromising or committing to things you’re not sure you can actually do. It’s easy to say you’ll do something, but if you know you can’t actually do it, you’re not being authentic.

It’s understandable to make mistakes, but staying true to yourself helps cut down on the number of apologies you have to make in the long run.

Truly knowing your abilities and your limits is the key. When you’re aware of what you’re capable of, you only make commitments you can definitely deliver on. That way, people know you are as good as your word.

4. They Hold Themselves Accountable

Regardless of how genuine you are, mistakes happen.

Everyone has faults. Everyone runs into unavoidable circumstances. Sometimes, things happen that you didn’t see coming.

You’re never going to be perfect because you’re human, and humans make mistakes.

Instead of making excuses or trying to rationalize things, authentic people hold themselves accountable.

The best way to stay accountable is to accept that you made a mistake or didn’t keep a promise. Admit you were wrong so you can learn and grow from it. That way, you know better the next time.

Learning from your mistakes rather than sweeping them under the rug makes them much less likely to happen again.

5. They Are Confident in Themselves

Authentic people aren’t afraid of rejection or judgment. They know exactly who they are and will show that to the world no matter what anyone else thinks of them.

As long as they are being true to themselves, they feel good.

It’s important to point out that genuine confidence is different than being egotistical or narcissistic. When you’re secure in being yourself, you don’t require admiration to feel good. 

Don’t do things just for the likes. 

Do things because you enjoy them, and don’t worry about what other people think. A truly authentic person always walks their own path with their head held high. The fear of not being liked never stops them.

Imagine what you can do if you maintain that level of confidence every single day.

In Conclusion

There’s a lot of temptation to put up a front to protect yourself or impress someone, even in small ways. But those small things can add up.

Instead, make the choice to put your best self out there — your authentic self.

By incorporating these five habits of other authentic people into your daily life, you will make changes for the better. It takes some work to form a habit, but if you stick to it, you’ll see those changes before you know it. 

About the Author

authentic peopleAdam Marshall is a freelance writer specializing in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Grove at Huntsville to help them with their online marketing.

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One of the least fun things about being an adult is dealing with the dreaded feeling of the Sunday Scaries. You know, the feeling that you can’t fully enjoy Sunday knowing that you’ll have to go back to work on Monday? It can be a daunting experience and take away the joy of enjoying your Sunday.

7 ways to beat the Sunday Scaries

I for one want to savor my Sundays without having to think about work tasks I have to do for the upcoming week. But how do you get rid of that feeling without being a complete mess on Monday morning?

If all you can think about is work on your day off, I’m sharing 7 tips to help you make the most of Sunday to prepare for the week ahead. That way, the anticipation of Monday won’t take over your whole Sunday mood.

What are the Sunday Scaries?

If you work on Mondays as most of us do, your Sunday probably involves a nagging reminder in the back of your mind that you’ll have to deal with work the next day. This can be a daunting experience and makes Sunday feel like the least enjoyable day of the week.

That’s where the concept of the Sunday Scaries comes into play. Sunday Scaries can be defined as, “The feeling of dread knowing that Monday is going to be rough.”

Even though I’m self-employed, I still get the Sunday Scaries when I haven’t prepared myself for the week ahead. The thought of how many emails have accumulated over the weekend or the fact that I have to trudge through whatever I didn’t finish last week isn’t exactly a calming sentiment.

Though many of us deal with the Sunday Scaries, there are (luckily) ways to deal with them and make Sundays a little less overwhelming.

How to Deal with the Sunday Scaries

7 ways to beat the Sunday Scaries

There are a few key things I do to get prepared for the week on a Sunday evening. I don’t always do these things perfectly, but when I do them, I notice that my week goes a lot smoother. Here are the things that help me prepare for the week ahead:

1. Find the Cause of the Scaries

If you often find yourself dreading Mondays and getting anxious on Sunday night, it’s important to dig into where that feeling is coming from. Awareness is the most important thing when it comes to making changes in your life.

Can you figure out why you’re getting hit with the Sunday Scaries? What are you anticipating? Is it inbox-related? A certain task? The feeling that you didn’t get to make the most of the weekend? I recommend grabbing a journal and writing down some thoughts and ideas that come up around this topic. From there, you can brainstorm ways to make things easier for yourself.

2. Plan Your Schedule for the Week

I have a recurring task in Asana that reminds me every Sunday of what I need to do to prepare for the week. Having this automatic reminder means that I don’t forget to do these things. It includes things like:

  • review my calendar
  • identify projects and tasks to work on
  • plan my workouts and dinners

I take about 15-30 minutes to review my work projects and tasks for the week. I’ll plan when I’m going to work on each task and add this to my calendar. If I’m feeling brave, I’ll check my inbox to make sure I’m not hit by something on Monday morning.

I always write my to-do list the night before, so I’ll make sure I have a solid (and reasonable) plan for Monday. I recommend that you avoid cramming too much into your schedule on Mondays because it can make Mondays that much more daunting. It’s okay to do less if it means your to-do list is actually achievable.

Related: How To Plan Your Weekly Schedule For Success

3. Write a Brain Dump List

If there seems to be an infinite number of things to do for the upcoming week, I’ll write a brain dump list to get everything out of my head. Then I organize the list based on what’s important and what’s not. If you have trouble prioritizing your tasks, you can grab my free brain dump worksheet here.

Related Post: How To Declutter Your Mind With The Brain Dump Method

4. Plan Dinners

7 ways to beat the Sunday Scaries

There’s nothing worse than getting off work at the end of the day and realizing you have no brain-power left to figure out what to make for dinner. To help with that, I plan my dinners for the week ahead in Google Calendar. I try to build dinners around the different types of protein I have in the fridge (e.g. shrimp or veggie ground “meat”), and I’ll look up recipes based on those ingredients.

I’ll then add these as events in my calendar and paste the recipe link into the description of the event. This makes it super easy to find the recipe when it’s time to cook. From there, I’ll just slot the event into a day of the week that I think it’ll work best for. I only do this for 3-4 meals to keep some flexibility.

5. Plan Workouts

7 ways to beat the Sunday Scaries

For planning workouts, I do the same process as above. Lately, I’ve been following Sydney Cummings’ workout videos on YouTube (they’re free and INCREDIBLY high-quality) which means I can follow them in order (Day 1, Day 2, etc). I’ll add these to my calendar as events, and then add the video link in the event description. That way, I don’t have to go searching for the video when it comes time to do the workout.

6. Clean & Organize

I’ll be the first to admit that I hate cleaning, but I also can’t stand working when there’s a mess around me. I’ll take about 45 minutes on Sunday to clean my apartment, do laundry, water my plants, and put things back where they belong if they’ve somehow migrated to a random spot. I put on a fun playlist and try to knock it out as quickly as I can.

Related: My Sunday Routine: How I Prep for the Week

7. Relax & Unwind

I try to let myself truly relax for the last few hours before bed. I’ll take a bath, watch a show (without the distraction of my phone), put on a face mask, and read a book. 

Last year, I started going offline on Sundays, and I definitely think that’s helped me to start the new week on a good note. Getting away from social media for one whole day a week has done wonders for my mental state.

Related: Digital Detox: What I’ve Learned From Unplugging Once A Week

How do you deal with the Sunday Scaries?

I hope this post has given you some ideas to better deal with that dreaded Sunday feeling.  When it comes down to it, preparation is the key to dealing with the Sunday Scaries.

If you want to take action now, try adding a Sunday reminder in your calendar with a few tasks that will help you feel prepared for the week ahead.

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