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Habits That Are Killing Your Health (And How to Win!)

By Genevieve Cunningham

We are what we do. We don't like to think about it, but our habits really make up a huge part of who we are as people. Do you sit all day? Then you're probably not considered an active person. Do you show up late to work every day? Then you probably have a certain reputation at work. Some of our habits really are nothing to worry about. Maybe you bite your fingernails or crack your knuckles. No big deal. But other times, our habits can put our health and wellness in danger. If you're interested in living the healthiest life possible, take a look at these habits that are killing your health, followed by some tips to get back on track.

Mental Health: You Vent Often

Venting can be good for your health. It helps you get negative thoughts out of your head. But if you do it too often, it can create a more permanent negative mood. If you need to vent, do it, and then let it go. Don't mention it again. This allows you to get the stressful event out, but then allows you to forget about, which is a win-win for your long-term mental health.

Emotional Health: You're Never Alone

If you're one of those people who are never alone, you're probably harming your own mental well-being. It's true that we need face-to-face relationships. It's true that we need to meet with those we love to share experiences. But it's also true that we need to be alone sometimes. You don't always need a significant other. We have to get to know ourselves and be OK with our own company. Schedule a little time to be alone -- not on social media -- and you'll improve the state of your emotional health. 

Physical Health: Staying Up Late

It's so important to get enough sleep. But most of us are staying up late in order to watch Netflix, browse social media, or just to avoid the inevitability of the next day. If you want better health, you have to go to bed! Set a bedtime and stick with it. If you make sleep a priority, you'll feel better in your body and mind, and you'll find that you're much more productive. This one step can make a huge impact in your health moving forward.

Our habits are so important in forming our health and our lives in general. If we're not careful, we set ourselves up for poor productivity, pain, illness, and health problems galore. Watch for these problems, and do what it takes to change your habits, be proactive, and improve your overall health from here on out.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Calif.

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