In life, you can either cultivate good or bad habits. We are all either taking a step forwards, backwards or staying exactly where we are. Some habits are worse than others. Identifying our own poor habits and striving to erase them whilst replacing them with positive practices is integral to a healthful long life.
We often fall back on poor habits in times of stress, sadness and desperation. Such habits can feel rewarding, fulfilling and satisfying, serving as distractions whilst secretly wrecking havoc on our health. Here are 5 of the very worst habits to have in your life (they’re also pretty popular too!)
There was a time when every fashionista, model and celebrity posed glamorously with a precariously poised cigarette. Despite the fact that people nowadays are clued up to the life-threatening dangers of cigarette smoke, a disturbingly high percentage of people still continue to indulge. Cigarettes are packed with over 4,000 chemicals, 43 of which are proven to cause cancer. The nicotine in cigarettes makes them highly addictive and devastates every part of the body from the skin, which is prone to wrinkle and sag, to the lungs and heart. Many smoke to relieve stress or to keep weight down but the impact of cigarettes on health and finances is numerous.
The occasional drink can be hugely beneficial for the human body, particularly a small glass of red wine which is known to boost the heart. Unfortunately many drink to excess to relieve stress, lower inhabitations in social situations and to combat boredom, depression and anxiety. The quiet drink with a meal is largely extinct, replaced instead with excessive binge-drinking, particularly amongst the younger generations. Drinking severely dehydrates the body and is linked to many forms of cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.
3. Poor eating habits
The western world is afflicted with an odd attitude towards food; populations tend to oscillate between two polarised forms of eating – eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia lead by taunting ‘Thinspiration’ sites or binge-eating which can lead to obesity. When you replace a healthful, hearty home cooked dinner with junk, processed or fast foods, the body doesn’t remain hungry for long, nor does it receive many nutrients. The tendency to yo-yo diet is also very damaging as it leaches the body of a sense of stability.
4. Watching TV
TV can be a great mind-numbing escape. It’s fun to delve into a series or watch a movie, especially after a long and trying day but sitting on the coach looking at a screen all day (whether it be your TV, laptop or phone) will turn your brain to mush as well as play havoc with your waist line.
5. Excessive Sun
Although darker skin tones are blessed with an in-built natural resilience to the sun, skin cancer is still a possibility. The risk with darker skin tones is that because the skin doesn’t tend to burn, noticing skin cancer is rare. Nonetheless, it’s still important to care for the skin during hot weather.