6 Habits That May Kill You

Have you ever thought about how long you wish to live? Did you then list down all the things that you need to do to live that long? Did you consider the things that you shouldn’t do if you wish to live a longer and healthier life?

Disclaimer- This article is for educational purposes and is based on personal opinions. This article is not a substitute for professional advice, but general guidance. We advise you to always listen to your intuition and always do what is right for you. If you can relate to any of these signs, please do not take this feedback as an attack on your character. This article is meant to be a self-improvement guide for those of you who have been feeling a little stuck.

In today’s article, I will shed light on 6 habits that may kill you;

1. Complaining. 

Complaining is the nemesis of joy. Whatever satisfaction is delivered by complaining can be considered as nothing but empty calories. There’s nothing wrong with being dissatisfied, particularly if it motivates you to develop and challenge yourself, which Buddhists refer to as “turning poison into medicine.”

On the other hand, chronic complaint without intervention, breeds negative thoughts, pessimism, and hopelessness. It reinforces a feeling of powerlessness in the face of anger, drains your energy, and becomes a constant source of discouragement for you as well as others surrounding you.

As a result, you may develop an apathetic attitude that saps the joy from life and leads to something much worse.

2. Taking vitamins/supplements unnecessarily 

We all know that our bodies need nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. But that doesn’t mean that one should use health supplements in one’s diet (unless a physician prescribes it).

Most of the body’s nutritional requirements are fulfilled by the food we consume daily. Our nutrition is taken care of through an emphasis on safe and balanced eating.

However, with the promotion of vitamin supplements, we can unwittingly consume them without understanding the potential side effects. The reality is that taking supplements without a need for them disrupts the body’s working, causing more harm than good.

3. Eating without being hungry and overeating

Overeating is almost as bad as missing essential meals during the day. Many of us love to eat and cook due to which we have developed the habit of eating while watching or reading something. This habit of overeating can easily transform you into an obese individual, leading to many health problems.

Bloating, gas, nausea, extra body fat, and a higher risk of certain diseases are all potential side effects of overeating or eating when you aren’t hungry.

Hence, you should reduce your portion sizes, consume less processed foods, and concentrate your diet on whole foods to avoid overeating.

If you like, you can visit a dietitian to help you develop an eating plan that will benefit your long-term health.

4. Drinking Coffee First Thing In The Morning

Yes, coffee maybe your daily dose of encouragement, but it’s also a huge health risk when consumed first thing in the morning.

When you sleep, your body tends to dehydrate, and reaching for coffee first thing in the morning exacerbates the issue and dehydrates you even more. To put it lightly, it leaves the stomach acidic and slouching. Coffee also increases blood pressure and heart rate, and if it contains sugar, the blood sugar levels will increase as well.

According to Healthline, caffeine overdoses may exacerbate anxiety and may even be fatal.

It’s fine to get your coffee fix, just set it back a few hours for a healthier lifestyle! 

5. Your Posture Goes Unchecked

Studies from Harvard University show that muscle strength affects balance in several ways. The “core muscles” of the back, side, pelvis, and buttocks form a sturdy central link between your upper and lower body. Weak core muscles encourage slumping, which tips your body forward and thus off balance. Strong lower leg muscles also help keep you steady when standing.

Dr. Rene Cailliet, former director of the University of Southern California’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, mentioned in an interview that hunching over too much can reduce lung capacity by up to 30%. When you stand up straight, you’ll notice how much easier it is to breathe.

However, you can practice a few basic exercises that will help you improve your posture. Exercises that create strength where it matters and stretches that relax tight muscles are used in balance-specific exercises to fix posture and balance issues. You can also work on enhancing your core strength and flexibility, it will help you improve your posture in just a few weeks.

6. Sitting for long hours with no exercise

Nowadays people lead sedentary lives. The need to keep working in cubicles makes a majority of people stay at their desks for approximately 8 to 10 hours a day (sometimes even more!).

According to research conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information; Obesity, heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes, stress, and other health issues have been related to long periods of sitting and a lack of exercise.

In women, sitting for long hours are related to coronary heart diseases, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and many other feminine problems.

Try incorporating walking or any other form of exercise into your daily routine to eliminate any risks.

References;

Sean Grover L.C.S.W. (September 18, 2020). 3 Self-Defeating Habits That Destroy Happiness. Retrieved 2 April 2021, from

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/when-kids-call-the-shots/202009/3-self-defeating-habits-destroy-happiness

Franziska Spritzler (August 14, 2017). 9 Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine. Retrieved 2 April 2021, from

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/caffeine-side-effects#TOC_TITLE_HDR_10

Frank W. Booth, Ph.D., Christian K. Roberts, Ph.D. and Matthew J. Laye, Ph.D. Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases. Retrieved 2 April 2021, from

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241367/

Daniel Preiato, RD, CSCS (May 4, 2020). 7 Harmful Effects of Overeating. Retrieved 2 April 2021, from

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/overeating-effects

Harvard Health Publishing (January 24, 2017). Why good posture matters. Retrieved 2 April 2021, from

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/why-good-posture-matters

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  1. Apparently complaining makes your healthier because you release your stress and all that, but perhaps the complaining I’m taking about isn’t the chronic type mentioned in the article

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