Today’s guest blogger will help us identify our bad habits and tell us how to stop them:
“Bad habits happen to even the best of us. So many people find themselves plagued with bad habits because they’re just so hard to break. We fall back into the bad behavior over-and-over to relieve boredom or stress, or sometimes just out of plain laziness. Well, no matter how often you’re guilty of repeating your bad habits, don’t beat yourself up because you’re not alone. Here’s 5 common bad habits people have and the best ways to quit them:
1. Nail biting
Nail biting is not necessarily a harmful habit, but it is a pretty gross one. Gnawing away at your fingers until your nail is just a sad little nub surrounded by battered skin, not attractive. Most nail biters indulge in this bad habit when they’re stressed or nervous. It’s a tricky one to kick, but not impossible. If you’re a nail biter, try wearing gloves or band aids over your nails for a few days. Or try using the biter-tasting nail polish that’s made specifically to aid people who’re trying to quit biting their nails. After a few days of going nibble-free, you’ll find it’s easy to beat this habit.
Bad posture not only makes you look bad, it can affect your health in more ways than one. For starters, it can cause spine alignment problems, which can lead to organ damage and gastrointestinal issues. So it would be for the better if you finally start listening to your mother and “Stand up straight!”. You can fix this bad habit by doing daily posture exercises, or even easier, get an UpRight device. Attach it to your lower back and it will vibrate every time you slouch. It’s a great little gadget for training you to maintain good posture. You’ll be healthier, and taller, in no time!
3. Snacking when you’re not hungry
This is a bad habit that can be potentially harmful to your health. All those extra calories can really pack on the pounds and leave you overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese can lead to serious health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. It’s time to quit the snacking right now! Get rid of all the junk food in your pantry, and clear out all the candy and treats from your desk drawer. Not having easy access to snacks is the first step to quitting snacking. Make sure that you only eat when you feel physically hungry, which means stay away from the fridge in between mealtimes. Now, enjoy your journey toward a happier, healthier you!
4. Skipping breakfast
Why do so many people skip the most important meal of the day? Most of the time it’s just because we’re so rushed in the morning we feel like we can’t make time for it, but we can and we should! Skipping breakfast is terrible for your metabolism, which means if you’re skipping breakfast, your body is not burning calories as efficiently as it could. Not to mention the fact that you’ll have more focus and energy if you make time for breakfast each morning. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming to have a healthy meal each morning. Have a Greek yogurt, or scramble a quick egg or two. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
5. Watching too much TV
They don’t call it the “idiot box” for no reason, TV is terrible for you. It’s fine in moderation, but a lot of us spend hours a day sitting in front of it, and we have the flab to show for it. Spending that much time sitting around being inactive is not just bad for the waistline, it’s bad for your mental and social well-being. It’s important to spend leisure time engaging with family and friends, you don’t want your tombstone to read, “Watched every episode of Seinfeld” do you? Start enjoying your life with the people you love by turning off the TV and going out and doing fun activities together. Go outside and go for a bike-ride, or play some dodgeball. Life is too short to waste it sitting in front of the boob tube.
The old saying that bad habits are hard to break is definitely true, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done! Just put forth the effort and soon you’ll be free of the bad habit, and ready to live a better life without it.