“Bad habits are our enemies because they hinder us from being the person we want to be.”
A habit is a regular practice that is hard to give up. Habits are routine behaviors done on regular basis. Habits are usually formed unconsciously. We don’t realize that we are doing them. Habits define our character, our thoughts and feelings. What we do frequently becomes our habits, as according to Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
There are two types of habits; good habits and bad habits.
Good habits are our behaviors or attitudes which are linked to our everyday life and are generally liked by others. For instance, smiling always, wakeup early, helping others and hardworking.
Bad habits are those attitudes or behaviors that are unpleasant and make people annoy. For instance, uncourteous, being rude, and bullying others, etc.
Habits are performed automatically without consciousness. As they are firmly established, it is difficult to break them. Good habits should be nurtured and bad habits should be broken.
Following are some bad habits that need to be quit.
- Spending too much time watching TV
A study shows that people who watch TV more than 2 hours a day ate higher calories, high fat, processed food and soft drinks, increasing the risk of being overweight, developing diabetes and memory loss. This bad habit can be controlled through:
- Don’t channel surf
- Don’t take snack in front of TV
- Don’t spend time of watching TV more than 2 hours a day
- Exercise 30 minutes a day
- Make plans with your family
- Do meet your friends often
- Skipping breakfast
Skipping your breakfast may affect your weight, your blood sugar and your energy levels. It also slows your metabolism which can lead to weight gain. As this habit develops ‘later-eating pattern’ which leads to overeating. This habit can be reversed if:
- Eat the food you like – healthy food should be preferred
- If you have no time than you can take a piece of fruit with a cup of milk
- Smoking cigarettes
According to studies, smoking cigarettes cause 30 percent of heart disease deaths, 30 percent of cancer deaths and 80 to 90 percent of all lung cancers and mouth, throat and bladder cancer. Smoking cigarettes also cause heart attacks, high blood pressure, bronchitis and asthma attacks, early aging and bad breath.
You can overcome this habit with a support of your family and friends. Go to your doctor to get stop smoking drugs like, Buprion and Varenicline. Use a gum to overcome your need of cigarettes gradually.
- Anger or stressful behavior
An unhappy lifestyle releases stress hormones in your body that might increase blood pressure and lower immunity. Eat healthy, relax yourself and exercise regularly preferably yoga and meditation to increase your ability to manage stressful situations.
Habits play an important role in mental development. Successful people are well aware of their bad habits and they always try to get rid of them. Getting rid of bad habits is absolutely necessary for our personal development.