Nasty Habits That Are Harming Your Health (Plus How to Ditch Them)

November 12, 2019

Like it, or not, we all have bad habits. Ones that don’t necessarily serve us well over the long term, but that we feel compelled to do anyway. The good news here is that just because you are currently involved in habitual behaviors, it doesn't mean that you have to stay that way. In fact, it is totally possible to change your habits and rebuild your health. Read on to find out more. 

 Drinking too much alcohol 
 Whether it's on a night out, or to relax at the end of the day, drinking too much is a widespread habit in modern society. Unfortunately, drinking a lot can have many nasty effects on your health. In the short term, this can include poor behavior and impulse control, as well as making you very sick indeed. 

 In fact, drinking too much over a short space of time can lead to symptoms of alcohol poisoning such as hypothermia, loss of consciousness, and irregular breathing. All of which can pose a direct and immediate threat to health. Then there are the longer-term problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, kidney problems, and even the damage that it can wreak on close relationships. What that means is if you have a habit of drinking too much that you are struggling to curb, seeking help and treatment for alcohol addiction may be the best option. In fact, getting some outside support can help you deal with the issues that are underlying your addiction, as well as the addition itself. Something that will make it much more likely that you can recover fully. 

 Sometimes sharing a secret or chatting about an acquaintance can feel like a nice thing to do. After all, you are bonding with another and enjoying some social time with them. Unfortunately, such conversations can very quickly turn into mammoth gossip sessions. Where the people involved egg each other on to criticize, tear down, and even slander others that are not there to defend themselves.  
 Apart from the guilt gossips feel, there is another problem with talking in this way, as well. It's that if you are with someone willing to dish the dirt on a person, nothing is stopping them from doing the same to you when talking to someone else! With that in mind, limiting the amount of gossip you engage and seeing people in a compassionate way is a much better idea. After all, it even warns against this sort of talk in the Bible, so it must harm us! 

 Believing negative self-talk 
 Lastly, another habit that it is worth minimizing is listening to your own negative self-talk. Sadly, it is not possible to just switch off our inner monologue entirely. Instead, it is about recognizing that it is there. Yet not listening to what it is saying, believing it, or letting it affect us so much in regular life.

 A skill that we can develop by being more mindful about what is going on in our brains and that can have a distinctly positive effect on our well being.

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