We all have those regular things we do, a.k.a. habits. Some of them good, some of them bad – for our health, wealth, productivity, and even happiness. They don’t just pop out of nowhere; we develop them for certain reasons, whether we’re aware of it or not.
We notice some habits are bad when their effects are immediate and obvious, but some habits have effects that take longer to manifest. For example, we may have bad habits that can be detrimental to our health in the long run.
Damage caused by poor habits will have cumulative effects. They will compound over time, and the longer the habits persist, the worse the results. And it may end up being too late to reverse any damage if we don’t recognize them now and make a conscious effort to change them.
Here are some bad habits that affect our health:
Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking is bad for you, no matter the quantities. It can lead to shortness of breath, poor sense of smell and taste, heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. Not only is it bad for you but also for your loved ones because the effects of second-hand smoking are as bad.
Finding a strong reason to quit is one of the best ways that can help you ditch this bad habit. You don’t have to look too far – financial cost, plus the health costs to yourself and family should be a good start.
Much like smoking, drinking too much alcohol can seriously jeopardize your health and endanger your life. How many accidents have been there because of too much alcohol? It can also lead to major health problems such as heart disease, gout, cancer, nerve damage, and depression.
Not Getting Quality Sleep
Sleep enables our body to repair itself. Most adults need to complete 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day. Not getting that much sleep consistently can lead to serious illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, heart attack, and stroke. Get to bed early to get that much-needed sleep instead of staying up late.
If you have problems sleeping, review your lifestyle and consider stress levels, diet, and evening routines. Seek professional help if you can’t get it sorted yourself. Recent research claims sleep is more important to health than diet and exercise!
Scrolling through your social media and surfing the web right before you sleep is something many are guilty of. But it’s not good for your health. The light coming from your screen has a negative effect on the hormones that help you get a good sleep. Avoid using your phone at least one hour before you go to bed.
Not Getting Enough Exercise
Not exercising is one of the most common bad habits because we’re “too busy” to spare the time. But we don’t have to hit the gym to get exercise. There are workouts we can do at home for a few minutes at a time.
Spending some time walking can also make a big difference. We need physical activities to boost our energy, improve the blood flow in our body, and decrease risks of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
Speaking of not getting enough physical activity, sitting all day is another habit that’s bad for our health. Sitting for a prolonged period of time can contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and poor mental health. But getting some physical activities can prolong your life, so move away from your desk every half an hour or so to keep your blood flowing and your mind alert.
Eating too fast is another bad habit for your health. Rushing your meal won’t help you feel satiated. On top of that, it can give you indigestion. Take your time and enjoy your food, because mindful eating will help you feel fuller and so help you avoid overeating and gaining pounds.
Another unhealthy eating habit is skipping meals and then overeating on your next meal. It can disrupt your metabolism and result in insulin problems, which can eventually lead to diabetes and weight gain. If you’re into a diet using fasting, make sure you follow your schedule and not overeat.
Every little thing we do affects our health, and if we want to live a longer and healthier life, we should be paying attention to our habits. If you have any of the bad habits we talked about above, it’s never too late to change them and replace them with better ones.