Satisfying late night cravings with pizzas and chocolate cake might be a tempting way to end each day, but it’s not doing your body any favours. It can impact you and your overall health on a long term basis.
Unintentionally, at times we end up hurting our body and our health on a daily basis due to our habits. Today, Dr. Vihang Vahia – Psychiatrist at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, lists out the top 20 bad habits that you need to quit today. If you have any of these habits, then it’s never too late, the New Year has just begin. Reverse these habits and start enjoying a healthy and happy life today
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 1: Nose/mouth picking
This annoying and silly habit of ‘digging gold’ is one of the worst habits that goes un-questioned. This habit is not only bad for your health but it is also against common social etiquette. Picking your nose can spread various infections like cold and flu, as cold virus is passed into your body through the mucus. After touching several things and then taking the same finger into your nose, you will land at the doctor’s clinic. Hence, stop this awkward habit of pulling sticky substance from your nose, or fetching left over food strands from your mouth.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 2: Binge drinking
Binge drinking, causes many deaths and hospitalisation all over the world says – Dr. Vihang. Binge drinking causes long term health problems like liver trouble and immediate problems like weight gain, dizziness and fatigue. To save yourself from such damage, the key is limitation.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 3: You became an ‘Owl’ at night
Many of us, burn the midnight oil for exam preparations and work. But if this becomes routine, you will damage your body in the long run. Without 6-8 hours of good sleep, you are damaging your immune system and other body processes and systems. Due to lack of sleep, your immune system becomes weak and thus produces fewer ‘germ fighters’ – lowering your tolerance for withstanding common bugs in your environment. To fight against various diseases, it is necessary to at least get a minimum of 7-8 hours of good sleep on most nights of the week. A good night’s sleep also helps you stay awake and fresh throughout the day.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 4: I am so ‘lonely’
Dr. Vahia says – the key for good health is a healthy and fresh mind. If your mind is unhealthy, it will affect your immune system and put you at several health risks. If you spend most of your time obssessing over your loneliness, and any other social challenges, or whatever could cause feelings of despair and frustration, then you are harming your mental health, detaching yourself from people, and stressing your mind and body.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 5: Wearing headphones for long hours
Headphones or earphones are the sole companions for some of us throughout the day. We listen to music to pass time, while travelling or while working out. But, if you have plugged in for hours, with no breaks, then you need to keep this habit under check. Dr. Vihang says – listening to loud music via earphones, can cause hearing loss. He further adds – headphones aren’t the culprits, it is the volume and the hours that can land you in trouble. Besides, ignoring minor symptoms of hearing loss is also one of the biggest criminals.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 6: TV trouble
Sitting for hours on the couch, watching that idiot box can put your heart and eyes at risk. Watching too much TV can put you at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and obesity. The more you are glued to the TV, the more immobile life will affect your levels of fat and sugar in your blood. Besides, it also strains your eyes and causes damage to the refractive lens.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 7: Wearing heels
Women who wear heels on a daily basis, do lots of harm to their bodies. Dr. Tina Mahendraker – Physiotherapist, Mumbai says – high heels can affect your posture, put pressure on joints – which can cause arthritis, back pain and tendon injuries and other heels related accidents. Thus to prevent such horrible effects on your health Dr. Tina says – limit your heels to not more than 1.5 inches, and wear insoles to reduce the pressure on your joints.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 8: Carrying an extra heavy bag
We love to carry our world wherever we go, because we can’t afford to miss a single thing. This habit of hauling the world with our (lots and lots of) worldly things on the back or shoulder causes lots of harm to our health. Carrying heavy bags can cause various long term effects like serious back pain, neck pain and poor posture – says Dr. Tina. Hence, to avoid ageing your body prematurely, do yourself a favour and empty that bag.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 9: Sleeping with Makeup
Many girls have a habit of sleeping with their makeup still on. Whatever the reason could be, this habit can cause grave damage to your skin. Sleeping with your makeup on, leads to clogged pores, congested skin and spots. Besides, mascara and other eye makeup can cause irritation, which can also lead to vision loss.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 10: Snacking, even if not hungry
If you disrupt your regular eating pattern, then your body will no longer send hunger signals and you may end up eating even when you are full. This extra eating can flood your body with extra calories and unhealthy ingredients, which can further cause serious chronic health problems like diabetes, heart problems and acidity.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 11: Can’t live without a smoke
In every health tip, behind every cigarette pack, we read this,’ Smoking kills’, but people still persist with the smoking habit. Dr. Sunesara says – smoking even a single cigarette a day, can cause blood clots, which may prevent swift flow of the blood and hence develop plaque in your arteries and blood vessels. Besides, you may also damage the life of the non-smoker who is living with you.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 12: Lying constantly
Surprised to see this one on a healthy living post? Those minute white lies can cause serious damage to your health. If you lie constantly, you will have constant fear of the truth being disclosed, this will create a feeling of stress in you, says – Dr. Vihang. Stress, is the worst thing for your body, as it damages your heath due to the release of stress hormones. Besides, it further leads to headaches and anxiety.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 13: You live on medicines
If you pop a pill for regular headaches, menstrual cramps or normal tummy trouble then you need to stop now. Constant pill popping is an extremely harmful habit that will put your health at stake. Dr. Sunesara says – if you are eating a balanced nutritious diet then you don’t need extra nutrients. If the intake of any nutrient increases, it may create severe side effects. Hence, always check with your doctor, before popping any pill.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 14: Skipping breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – says Ms. Eileen – Nutritionist, Mumbai. If your entire breakfast comprises one cup of rushed coffee and a toast, then you’re setting yourself up for an unhealthy future. This will affect your digestive system. Besides, it will also harm your energy reserves and negatively affect your metabolism. If you skip your breakfast, you are likely to eat more during the other meals and this can lead to weight gain. Eileen says – the key to a good breakfast is a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 15: You are in love with junk food
Fast food is rich in trans fat, sugar, spices and artificial preservatives. But a life dependent on constant fast food will add to your waistline and cause serious health problems like high cholesterol, diabetes and heart problems in the long run. As fast food is rich in bad fat, it raises the bad cholesterol in the body and leads to the hardening of the arteries, which can further cause plaque deposits. Hence, switch to a healthy diet and protect yourself from weight gain and other serious health problems.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 16: Nail biting
This habit of using your teeth to cut your nails, just for time pass or due to extreme nervousness, can cause germ entry into your body. Dr. Sunsesara says – your hands are constant travellers, they pick several things throughout the day, and then taking these nasty, germ-filled fingers into your mouth can make you bed-ridden for days, due to cold or flu. So, stop this dirty habit right away.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 17: Ignoring sex
Whatever the reason for a low libido might be, whether too much work or stress, avoiding sex altogether for many days and months at a time is not good. Sex is good for you and your health. It helps to improve your immune system and relationship. But if you are not interested in this pleasurable act, then you need to talk to your doctor immediately. Because, a low libido can be beyond stress, it can be caused due to an under active thyroid, hypertension or simply a hormonal imbalance.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 18: Fast eating
Eating at lightning speed due to work pressure or lack of time can adversely affect your digestive system. You should take at least 20 minutes to finish each meal. If you just gulp your food, without chewing it properly, it can cause acidity, bloating and excess gas in your stomach. Hence, slow down and enjoy your food.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 19: Being in an unhealthy relationship for a long time
If you are in a relationship wherein you don’t manage to get your share of joy and happiness, then it’s better to leave the knot at that moment itself. If you have been suffering an unhealthy relationship for a long time, i.e., a relationship that is abusive verbally or physically, or encourages you to participate in unhealthy actiities, then you’re harming your health. An unhealthy relationship causes stress and this further lowers your blood pressure, immunity and digestive system.
Bad habit to quit for a healthy living # 20: Picking at your skin
If there is some flaw on your face, you must resist yourself from constantly stressing on it. If you constantly keep worrying about acne by touching it, it will act up more. Besides it will lead to scars and inflammation. Hence, stop picking at your face to avoid worsening skin issues.