Killing You Softly: Dangerous Bad Habits
Most of us have bad habits we’d like to cut out, but a lot of us underestimate the long-term damage that our bad habits can cause. Here are some of the most common and dangerous habits around.
Stress isn’t always something we can control because it’s mostly initiated by external factors however the way most of us react to stressful situations is up to us, and often we go about it wrong. We start to get more worried or angry than we should, which creates a vicious cycle that leads to more stress. A bunch of other bad habits also creates long-term stress e.g. not getting enough sleep, for example. You should always try to remember how bad stress is for your health. Start looking into ways to rid yourself of chronic stress problems.
So many of us are living sedentary lifestyles which means we spend most of our days sitting down at a desk whether that be in office at a desk or working from home, wherever you are you're probably not standing. While this is often bad in itself you'll need to exercise more often as it also adds to a very common bad habit: slouching or other forms of bad posture. Over time, it cuts off your circulation, causes muscles pain and can cause permanently sitting and standing positions so it's important that you make it a priority to work on your posture when sitting down. Make it a habit to sit up straight withy our back supported.
Poor dental hygiene.
There are so many habits out there that actually do a lot of damage to your teeth. Biting your nails, grinding your teeth, using them to open things, not flossing and brushing too hard just to name a few and you probably do one of them or know somebody who does, I'm ashamed to say I certainly do. These things all cause damage to your teeth and gums and you may not even be aware of it. Consider visiting a dentist clinic similar to Dental SCV to get your oral health examined; there are so many great ones around, your dentist may be able to give you advice on your best local clinic. Dentists are also good at offering advice to kill those bad habits.
Turning your brain off.
You may think that you’re not in the habit of turning off your brain but honestly, how often do you just sit there in front of the television, gawking at reality TV? Or just stare at your mobile phone, flicking through Twitter and Facebook? Sometimes, giving your brain this kind of break can be good for you but most of the time, all you’re doing is time-wasting. It also doesn’t help when it comes to long-term concentration and mood problems. Start reading books or doing something creative to unwind, instead and this will help with your self-confidence, too.
When things like alcohol and cigarettes have become a habit, then you need to consider cutting them out of your life completely. It’s easier to drink unhealthy amounts than you’d think; even getting drunk once a week will do your body damage both short term and in the long run too. Don’t rely on these things to relax or have fun. The occasional drink can be fine, but don’t let it become a habit. As for smoking… well, they just both shouldn’t really be done full-stop but we know that already, right? Find another way to unwind after a long week at work, maybe try yoga or pilates?
It's important that we keep our bodies in the best shape we can, after all we only get one.
Disclaimer: This post is partnered however, I believe everything included in it to be the truth.