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3 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Bad habits are normal. We all have a few, even if we don't like to admit it. For some people, the bad habits that they keep are really minor. They might hit the snooze one too many times or stay up one hour too late. While it affects their mornings and sleep, it doesn't play a significant threat to their overall health. But not all bad habits are so innocent. Sometimes the bad habits that we keep are downright dangerous to our health. If you want to live the healthiest life you can, take a look at these bad habits that are ruining your health, plus some tips for ending them for good.

Late Night Junk Food Snacking

This habit is really common for a lot of people. There's something about watching late night TV that invites the urge for popcorn or a bag of chips or something equally junky in nature. But late night snacking leads to weight gain. And if the snacks are unhealthy, the weight gain happens even faster. Instead, try to cut off your eating at a certain time in the evening and give your body a rest. If you can't manage this, consider switching to a really healthy late night snack instead. Easy? No. Worth it? Absolutely.

Social Media

Everyone has social media in today's world, and the truth is that it's not all bad. But excessive social media use has been linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety. We spend so much of our time on social media subconsciously comparing our lives to those around us. We raise our own stress levels by assuming we're not good enough or not keeping up with others. But most of the time, this isn't even true. We're just not seeing other people's real lives; we're seeing their social media lives. Cut out some social media time -- or schedule it into your day -- and you'll likely find an increase in mental wellness and happiness as well. 

Phone Addiction

It's normal to have your phone on your person at all times. But when having it in your purse or pocket turns into having it in your hands 24 hours a day, you're in trouble. Using your phone all day long can lead to pain in the back and neck and headaches. It can also lead to a decline in mental health, a rise in stress, and stunted social development. The fact is that we need face to face interaction, and if we only use our phones, we're missing out on a key part of life and relationships. If you're addicted to your phone, reach out for help to set boundaries and break the addiction for a better quality of life. 

Bad habits are going to happen, and that's really OK. But if these bad habits are damaging our overall well-being, it's time to make some changes. Be aware of your own unhealthy habits, make a conscious decision to change, and you'll find your health and life improve like never before.

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

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