Habits are easy to form and difficult in many cases to quit once you have them. If you do have a bad habit that is causing you problems (or even if you don’t think it’s causing you a problem at the moment), then quitting is hugely important, no matter how difficult it is to do so. The sooner you can quit your bad habit, the better your life will be.
Some bad habits have a terribly negative impact on people’s lives, and we have investigated some of the very worst. You might not realize that you are suffering from some of these habits, but once you have read the details and understand what impact they are having, you could form a different opinion and get to work on quitting as soon as possible.
Too Much TV
TV is great, and most people love to watch some every day. It’s a good way to really unwind, especially when it stops us from thinking about the stresses and strains of our work or personal lives. Yet too much TV is a big problem, and it can even cause health issues.
One of the health problems associated with watching too much TV is that you are sedentary a lot of the time; you might not move for an hour or more. This means that blood clots can form in your legs or lungs, and these can be extremely dangerous. Plus, sitting for too long in one place means your blood sugar rises – and of course, if you’re sitting still you aren’t exercising, and that’s not good for you either.
If you find that you are watching a lot of TV, you might want to consider doing something else instead. Rather than watching three hours or more of TV each night, watch just one hour, and use the rest of the time to read a book, do sports, or take up a hobby. You’ll feel better in yourself and be healthier in general.
Although it sounds strange, stressing over little details (or even big ones) can become a habit. Over time, you will fall into a negative mindset, and see problems everywhere, even if there are none. This means that even in situations that wouldn’t usually be stressful, you will feel anxious and tense.
Chronic stress is a big problem and can cause many health issues including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
There will always be some stresses in life, and that’s perfectly normal, but if you can relax more and deal with the big problems that are causing you the most stress, you will feel better. Look to the positive, and you will begin to quit your stressing habit. If your problems are related to money, you can look at a new job, consolidating loans, getting a short term loan for what you need, and more. Go to this page if this is something you need with. If your problems are due to a relationship, take the time to talk things through and come up with a solution. Working through issues and then leaving them behind will reduce stress and break the harmful habit.
The more you can relax, the less stressed you will be. Try taking a long, bubbly bath with candles, or listen to your favorite music, for example. Do whatever works for you.
Alcohol can be extremely problematic for people, and their health will suffer. Not only are there physical issues related to too much alcohol, but there are also mental illnesses too, and of course there is alcohol dependency in general. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may find this difficult if you drink a lot of alcohol as it is full of calories. As well as this, alcohol inhibits our ability to think function or think clearly, and this can have an impact on both your work and home lives.
The problem with alcohol is that the habit can creep up slowly, meaning that we don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late. Ensuring that you drink only a reasonable, safe amount of alcohol is a good idea, and ideally not drinking anything at all will certainly help you.
If you already feel you have a problem with alcohol and it has been a habit, or perhaps a dependency, then you must speak to a medical professional. Trying to quit ‘cold turkey’ is a bad idea; it can make you extremely sick as your body goes into withdrawal.
When you think of the word ‘habit,’ your mind might automatically think of smoking. Cigarettes are extremely addictive, and many people have a smoking habit that they continue even though they know that smoking is harmful to them and to the people around them. This just shows how addictive and dangerous this particular habit is.
Smoking is known to cause cancer, particularly of the lung and throat or mouth, but it can also cause cells to behave abnormally elsewhere as well. It can also cause other lung diseases which severely limit how you are able to live your life, and it causes blood clots which can lead to amputation in some cases.
Everyone who smokes should quit, but it’s not that easy. Some are able to do it through sheer willpower, but this can be very hard and can lead to relapses. Often it is a good idea to work in a group setting or to use medication obtained from a doctor.
One habit you may not have thought of is the habit of refusing help when it is offered. It could be through pride, or because you think you can handle things yourself, and over time saying no is easier than saying yes.
This can mean that, even when you desperately need help, you are not able to accept it, and your life and problems can escalate and become worse. All it would have taken was a simple yes, but this harmful habit prevents this from happening.
In order to break this habit, you will need to step back and think before answering anyone who offers help. Although your initial instinct might be to refuse, if you take a moment to reassess the situation, you might find that you are able to say yes, and improve your life considerably.