It would be almost impossible to say there are many people in the world who don’t have any bad habits at all. Some are big, the kinds of things that everyone knows is terribly bad for you, such as smoking, or not doing any exercising, or only eating takeout or fast food. Others are much smaller, and you might not even think of them as habits. Yet these smaller habits are just as responsible for illness – mental and physical – and they can be just as challenging to remove from your life as the bigger, more well-known ones.
There are thousands of these small habits that are causing people pain every day, even if they’re just not aware of it. We’ve listed a handful below, and if these, or any others you can think of, are something you carry out on a daily basis, you should look at ways to stop.
Too Much TV
It’s great to finally sit down at the end of a long day and switch on the TV (or the laptop, phone, or tablet, depending on how you watch your shows). This is an excellent way to relax, and because of this, it can even be helpful to those who suffer from stress or depression.
Yet watching TV has to be done in moderation, otherwise this habit can cause you problems. Too much TV is responsible for some heart attacks and strokes, for example, since when you sit stationary for too long, you run the risk of developing blood clots, plus your blood sugar levels become low, and this can also be an issue for your health.
If you find you are sitting still for long periods, make sure you get up and walk around every 30 minutes or so. This might interrupt your binge-watching, but it’s better than getting sick. Also, don’t watch TV in bed, and try to switch it off completely at least two hours before you want to go to sleep, otherwise your sleep can be disrupted, and you’ll never really feel rested.
Not Brushing Your Teeth
We’re supposed to brush our teeth at least twice a day, three times if you can manage it after you eat lunch. If you eat or drink anything that might stain your teeth like red wine or coffee, it’s a good idea to brush when you’re done there too, and of course, if you eat sugary snacks, an extra brush certainly won’t hurt.
Yet not everyone has got into the habit of brushing their teeth when they should, sometimes going for days without getting toothpaste anywhere near their mouth. This is going to lead to gum disease and tooth decay over time which, apart from putting you in pain and potentially causing your teeth to fall out, also has links with heart disease.
Whatever the reason you don’t like brushing your teeth, or it’s just not something that feels important, you should start adding it to your daily routine as soon as possible. If you can’t brush your teeth because it hurts or you begin to bleed, it’s time to see a caring dentist to fix the problem that has already started.
Not Getting Help
It’s not a pleasant feeling when you have to ask for help. This is why many people don’t do it at all; they would rather continue with what they are doing, hoping it will all work out in the end. The problem is, sometimes that extra help is the only way things are going to work out. Many will fall into the bad habit of trying to get by without any assistance, and this is not a good thing to do.
The reason for not asking for help could be that you have been ridiculed in the past, or that you don’t want to seem ‘weak’ in front of others. Perhaps you don’t want to let your guard down, or you want to show people they don’t have to worry about you.
There is always going to be someone to help you, so you should never feel worried or ashamed about asking. Rather than assuming you are on your own, you can ask for help and see the difference it makes in your life. Problems will be solved more quickly, and what might have seemed an impossible situation will become one that is dealt with and out of your way. Big or small, asking for help is a habit you should definitely get into.