3 Common (and Awful) Habits You Need to Quit ASAP

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Are you looking for ways to improve your overall health and wellbeing? You’ve probably already checked Pinterest for the latest healthy recipes and are forming a workout plan.

But have you considered making other lifestyle changes? Having a good overall wellbeing is more than just dieting and exercising. For many people, this also means quitting some of those bad habits.

We all know that smoking and eating an entire bag of chips in one sitting are habits that need to go. But sometimes we don’t notice or realize how bad some habits really are.

Keep reading to learn 3 common and awful habits that you need to quit.

1. Drinking Alcohol

Alright, so you probably don’t have to stop drinking alcohol entirely. That one beer or glass of wine after work is okay, but if you partake in heavy drinking, you should quit now.

Binge drinking and regularly drinking to the point of being drunk are very common, especially amongst young people. Many people may not realize how bad this can be since so many people around them do it.

However, alcohol affects your brain chemistry and can lead to anxiety, depression, or feeling dependent on alcohol to have fun. Of course, it can also lead to health problems, like high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, cirrhosis, and even cancer.

If you want to improve your physical and mental health, you should try to stop drinking or stop heavily drinking.

2. Comparing Yourself to Others

We’ve all been there – we see an old friend from high school bragging on social media about their luxurious vacation, adorable new baby, or great promotion. We can’t help but feel jealous and a little insecure.

Comparing yourself to others has always been a bad habit, but it’s become worse now that we can do it all day, every day thanks to social media.

This can affect our mental health both in the moment and after we log off of Twitter and Facebook. You may begin to feel depressed or anxious if you don’t think your life “lives up” to your peers’ lives.

But stop focusing on what you don’t have, and think about all the good things you do have. This may be a nice house, a job you like, good health, or a happy relationship. You’ll be a lot happier and more confident when you do.

3. Spending All Your Downtime on the Couch

Perhaps one of the most common bad habits that people don’t think twice about is living a sedentary lifestyle. Most people spend almost their entire day sitting – after all, you sit to drive to work, you sit at your desk for 8 hours at work, then you come home and spend your evening sitting on the couch.

That one-hour workout you may be planning is a great start, but it may not be enough. Take periodic stretch or walk breaks at work, spend a few minutes up and cleaning your house every night, partake in hobbies that get you up and moving.

You’ll feel more energized and you’ll reduce your risk for health problems, like obesity and heart disease.

It’s Time to Quit These Bad Habits

Don’t let your bad habits stand in the way of your health. Just follow our guide to the top 3 bad habits you need to quit, so you can improve your physical and mental health.

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