Not all habits are bad for you. In fact, it’s easier to point out which habits are the bad ones when they are constantly being advertised as so. Smoking, drinking, drugs, self-harm, and other alarming vices are ones that probably stand out to you the most. What about the habits that are not immediately damaging to the body? Why should those need to be addressed? We all have our little quirks that we have probably developed since childhood, but it is important to reflect upon them and analyze their role in our life. Are they actually causing us long-term emotional stress? The answer is yes for some.
We can’t get too comfortable with one way to handle our stress. Without professional advice, you could be trapped in a routine that holds you back from succeeding and living your ultimate happy life. Here are some common habits that you may have that are not helping you alleviate your stress and emotional state.
Everyone deserves a snack every now and then. Snacks are the perfect way to sample a treat that does not need to be eaten in a larger quantity or a way to alleviate minor hunger. We snack before dinner reservations, just in case it takes too long to get a table. We snack at work in between clocking in to start the day and clocking out for lunch. We snack as a special treat after accomplishing a task. We snack to relieve boredom. Which one of these is the odd one out? Boredom.
Once you start to get comfortable with the idea that every minor accomplishment requires a reward of a snack, it becomes a bad habit. Too much snacking conditions your mind to fill the void of emotional support with food, especially if your snack choices are highly salted, greasy, and calories, it could increase your chances of diabetes or heart disease.
Just like snacking, we all deserve to treat ourselves to the shoes or watch we’ve been eyeing for a while. Hard work and savings should pay off with a reward because why else are you making money? When does it become a bad habit? When you feel the excessive need to have it all. If you never have debates and do the financial math in your head when browsing through online stores, you might not care about the economic consequences in your bank account. Overspending leads to debt, which leads to stress. Not being able to afford bills or even food is not healthy when you know that your closet is flourishing in brand new items.
Electronic Device Usage
Coming home to turn on the television is an impulse for many, but there is nothing wrong with that when you’ve had a long day. Your free time is open for you to catch up on your hobbies, but if it involves too much time in front of a screen, you need to stop and evaluate the situation. If you space out from your programs and start to browse your social media, then talk on the phone while browsing the internet on your computer, you might have an unhealthy habit. Spending too much time in a virtual version of the world could be a mechanism built to escape your real responsibilities. If you start to find your house messier than ever and neglecting your loved ones, it’s time to balance the habit.
These habits may not seem harmful, but once you’ve let them control your routine, you can forget to manage your priorities like physical health, finances, and chores. Since they are not overall bad for you, it is important to seek alternative help to managing your personal life. Believe in yourself to be able to control a situation and not let your bad habits control you.