3 Sneaky Habits That Are Ruining Your Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
Everyone has habits, both good and bad. Some people are great at working out. It’s a habit, a necessity, and they always get it done. Others are good at waking up early or eating a healthy breakfast. Once you make something a habit, it’s easier to make it a part of normal life. But this works in the reverse as well. When we make a bad habit permanent, it’s incredibly tough to break. In many cases, these bad habits are harmless. Bite your nails? It’s OK. But some bad habits are actually bad for health. If you’re interested in keeping only the best habits in your life, take a look at these sneaky little bad habits that may be ruining your health, followed by some tips to make a change.
Far too many people do this. Unless you started this habit fairly young, it’s actually a bit difficult to remember to apply and reapply all day. But a lack of sunscreen can lead to damaged skin. Sun spots, premature wrinkles, burns, and even cancer can all be caused by excessive exposure to the sun. To turn this bad habit around, place your sunscreen with an item that you never forget. Put it next to your keys or in your underwear drawer. Putting it somewhere that you know you won’t forget is the best way to break this bad habit.
We’re a society of slouchers! Between technology, excessive sitting, and pure laziness, we have some of the worst posture in history. Why does this matter? It can affect mental health, muscle strength, and can even cause pain in the back and neck. Breaking this habit is tough because we often don’t even realize we’re doing it. Try putting notes in places where you spend a lot of time. A “Sit Up Straight!” note on your computer screen or a “Stand Tall!” note on your mirror are great reminders to pull your stomach in, shoulders back, and correct your posture.
Stress or Boredom Eating
We all have a few bad habits when it comes to eating, but stress or boredom eating just might be the worst. Those who share this habit tend to reach for a snack when they’re feeling bored or stressed … which for most people is all of the time! This can lead to nutritional deficiencies as well as weight gain. To stop boredom eating, replace it with another habit. When you feel bored or stressed, try going for a walk. Try a fidget spinner. Try a stress rock. Replace your bad habit with a good one, and the poor eating habits may become a thing of the past.
A few bad habits are not the end of the world. We all have them. But when your bad habits cause poor health, it’s time to make a change. If these habits are part of your life, use these tips to break them for good and improve your health for the rest of your life.
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