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Habits you should definitely quit!

08 October 2017 - 14:56


Travel & photography enthusiast, Book worm ,choreomanic, Pluviophile

You are the sum of your habits. Every day we do several things that have become a habit of ours. We don’t see it, but we unconsciously do these things and fail to understand the side effects of each of these habits.

Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally, and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. And if you allow bad habits to take over, they dramatically block your path to success.

Luckily, it isn't too late to reverse the effects of bad habits. Below is a list of the some of the common bad habits that you need to quit asap

Nail biting

Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, Your fingers touch every little part of this world and all the bacteria in this world and when you take that nail in your mouth, all that bacteria can easily enter your body and can cause damage. It can leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth, potentially cause stomach problems, and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run. 

Smoking Cigarettes

This is the most obvious of all the dangerous habits. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC) , cigarette smoking is to blame for 30 percent of heart disease deaths and 30 percent of cancer deaths. Cigarettes are also responsible for many cases of mouth and throat cancer. Many people believe that it's too late for them to benefit from quitting. This is not true. Immediately after quitting, your lungs and cardiovascular system will start repairing itself.

Nose picking

This is something everyone does and never thinks that it can harm anyone in a bad way. The habit of picking our nose is very unhealthy as when ou touch various things, which may contain bacteria and viruses and then take the same finger in your nose, you make your body more prone to infections and flus and cold. So, you must stop picking your nose right now

Wearing earphones for many hours

Be it while travelling, working out, working or studying, many of us have a habit of incessantly plugging in the earphones for multiple hours. This habit is really bad as it can spell hearing loss in the long run. Make sure that you do not spend hours with earphones plugged and keep the volume to an audible enough and not loud as that is the main culprit.

Using tech items in bed

Using phone tablet and computer in bed is a big one that most people don’t even realize harms their sleep and productivity. Short-wavelength blue light plays an important role in your mood, energy level and sleep quality. Most of our favorite evening devices -- laptops, tablets and mobile phones -- emit short-wavelength blue light brightly and right in your face and when you are exposed to it, the blue light halts production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and makes you feel more alert. As we’ve all experienced, a poor night’s sleep has disastrous effects. The best thing you can do is to avoid these devices after dinner.

Holding Your Pee

If you are one of those people who try and hold their pee in and wait until you reach home to let it loose, then we have bad news. If you have to go then you should go and when you stop your pee it becomes a pool of bacteria that can start to grow in your stomach. 

Also when you hold your pee in it starts to travel back to the kidneys, this can cause infections and even prostate infections. If you don’t have the need to go to the bathroom, then maybe you are not drinking enough water and as not drinking enough water can cause kidney stones and dehydration.

Checking your phone during a conversation

Nothing turns people off like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.

Being late

Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet. Stop being late and practice… not being punctual, but being early instead. 

Leaving things to the last minute

Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting. Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping the first meal of the day can have serious consequences for your weight, your energy levels, and even your blood sugar. Munching a piece of morning toast or crunching a bowl of bran flakes signals to your metabolism that it's time to kick things up a notch. Skipping the fuel keeps your metabolism running on low, which can lead to weight gain and sluggishness. You'll also create a starve-now-indulge-later eating pattern, which is why breakfast-skippers tend to overeat later in the day.


Gossipers derive pleasure from other people’s misfortunes. It might be fun to peer into somebody else’s personal or professional faux pas at first, but over time, it gets tiring, makes you feel gross and hurts other people. There are too many positives out there and too much to learn from interesting people to waste your time talking about the misfortune of others.

Most of the time, bad habits are simply a way of dealing with stress and boredom. But it doesn't have to be that way. Recognizing the causes of your bad habits is crucial to overcoming them. All of the habits that you have right now — good or bad — are in your life for a reason. In some way, these behaviors provide a benefit to you, even if they are bad for you in other ways. So Instead of just quitting, you need to replace a bad habit with a new habit that provides a similar benefit.

Breaking bad habits takes time and effort, but mostly it takes perseverance. Most people who end up breaking their bad habits try and fail multiple times before they make it work. You might not have success right away, but that doesn't mean you can't have it at all.


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