10 Daily Habits That Sabotage Your Health
Most of our resolutions always center on our self-improvement. We want to include good eating habits, quitting bad habits, getting more exercise and losing our weight in our list of achievements to make but often tend to forget the little daily things that have a negative impact on our health. But focusing on these habits and finding out a quick way to get out of them is often more important than just making a resolution list.
Here is a list of some daily habits that sabotage your health and why you need to get rid of them right now for a healthy living.
1. Brooding Over Stressful Events
Remembering and thinking repeatedly over past stressful events is one of the most common culprits when it comes to affecting our well-being. Whether it was five minutes ago or five years ago, thinking too much about a stressful event that has occurred in the past isn’t good for psychological health. A recent study found that ruminating will lead to depressive symptoms while decreasing this compulsive focusing on distress will help in alleviate the symptoms of depression. To better deal with this problem, take a note of the time that you spend brooding over the problem and commit yourself to use the same time and energy for more worthy causes like living in the moment or planning for future.
2. Complaining to Your Friends
We’ve until now thought that calling our friends to vent out our anger and share our feelings about the bad day that happened will help us in reducing the stress. On the contrary, recent research suggests that co-ruminating (ruminating along with our peers) again leads to depression. Studies conducted on children and women show that rehashing our problems with peers will lead to depression in children while women were showing an increased release of stress hormones while talking to their friends about their problems.
Self-criticism can be a life-long habit that can impact our health negatively. As you pass the mirror, you find that something’s not right with the face or haircut and when you make some mistake inadvertently, you end up calling yourself a stupid. But putting yourself down every time you make a mistake is not good for your mental health. Harsh self-criticism will again lead to depression. On the other hand, studies indicate that self-compassion helps in improving resilience and increasing psychological health.
4. Spending Too Much Time On Social Media
Whether you are scrolling through your Facebook account or looking at Instagram, spending too much time on social media is bad for your health. Social media gives you a feeling of isolation – which is again bad for both mental and physical well-being. We always place emphasis on our lives comparing to that of our friends’ and maybe sometimes even conclude that we’re not measuring up to their lives. This will again lead to depression and even decreases our mood. The best way to get rid of this bad habit is to prefer person-to-person conversations instead of interacting through social media.
5. Staying Up Late
We all tend to think that there’s nothing wrong in pushing off our bedtime for some more time to accomplish more tasks. We believe that we can compensate this time by sleeping for a little more time in the morning. But when you sleep every day is as important as how much sleep you get daily. Studies show that staying up late and sleeping later into the mornings will result in making poor health decisions throughout the day. Late sleep is associated with higher fast-food consumption and very low physical activity. So, change your sleep and wake up timings if you want to make better health choices.
6. Blowing Your Budget
While late-night online shopping and impulse buying at the grocery store might seem not much harmful for the time being, they will have a long-term impact on the mental health. Researchers conclude that there is a relation between financial problems and mental illness. Further, you are more likely to have a mental health problem if you are in debts. While researchers are not sure whether debt causes mental illness or vice versa; one thing is for sure: debt causes stress. And stress is bad for the health.
7. Watching Too Much TV
If you are a couch potato, you should know that watching too much can be bad for your brain as much it is bad for the posture. Studies show that high television viewing can lead to worst executive function in the midlife and is also associated with poor processing speed. People who watch television for more than three hours a day have poor cognitive health compared to those who watch less. Instead of watching TV, go for a walk or take some gym classes as it will be good for your body as well as your brain.
8. Skipping Your Meals
Whether you are skipping breakfast for lack of time or skipping meals to burn that fat around your waist, skipping meals can have be harmful for health. When we skip a meal, we generally tend to eat more during the next meal to make up or the lost calories and will end up making poor food choices. Also, it will also lead to metabolic changes in the body which is too risky for the overall health. Fasting glucose levels increase and insulin response is delayed when you skip meals – ultimately leading to diabetes. Make sure to eat at regular intervals and stick to a healthy diet.
9. Eating When You Are Not Hungry
Sometimes, you end up eating more than your body actually needs. It may be because you want to munch on some snacks while watching television or just to give company to your friends at a social event. Whatever might be the reason, emotional eating will lead to many major health problems together with making you overweight. Rather than looking at eating as a form of stress reduction method or a kind of entertainment, pay attention to the particular times when eating stems out from reasons other than biological hunger. Use that time for a leisure activity or for a walk to maintain proper health.
10. Sitting for Long Hours
Whether you are at office or at home, sitting for long hours isn’t good for your health. Sedentary life will lead to a lot of health complications including type 2 diabetes, and even cardiovascular diseases. Again, studies indicate that people who sit for long hours are also prone to depression in the long run. Try moving away from your chair every hour as it will help your muscle tissues and also gives you some fresh perspectives. Compensate these long sitting hours with at least one hour of vigorous physical activity for better health.