We have a few bad habits. From not listening to our other half when they have something important to say to always being at least five minutes late to work, bad habits range from irritating to downright dangerous. Some, such as binge-watching the Housewives of Orange County are harmless, but others, such as gambling and lying can cause a lot of harm.
Here are four habits that you should definitely quit this year. Ignore this advice at your peril!
Unless you have been living in a cave on a remote island in the South Pacific, you already know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco cigarettes were once thought to be harmless. Throughout the 40s, 50s, and 60s, tobacco companies marketed their products as a safe way to relax. Now we know differently. Cigarettes contain more than 5,000 dangerous toxins, including arsenic and formaldehyde.
If you only quit one habit this year, make sure it is smoking.
Switch to vaping instead. It’s a lot less harmful and you can learn more about it by watching some vaping YouTube channels – check this link for details.
Wine O’ Clock
A glass of wine here and there won’t cause you any harm. In fact, moderate alcohol consumption is good for us, as it reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease. However, while alcohol consumption among young people is falling, increasing numbers of middle-aged people are drinking to excess. Whereas their kids are staying in and drinking coffee, they are cracking open bottles of wine at dinner and drinking all evening.
Just because drinking wine or gin is socially acceptable, it doesn’t make it safe. Regularly drinking to excess increases your risk of heart disease and cancer. It also leads to weight gain, mental sluggishness, and mood swings.
Add up how many units of alcohol you drink a week. If you are drinking more than the recommended limit of 14 units a week, it’s time to quit.
Caffeine, like wine, is cloaked in a veneer of social respectability. Everyone drinks coffee. There are artisan coffee shops run by hipsters in all the trendy neighborhoods, so what’s the harm in ordering another skinny latte with an extra shot of caffeine?
Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day is safe, but caffeine is found in all kinds of products, from energy drinks to cola. You may be exceeding your safe limit without even realizing it. Too much caffeine leads to addiction. Try to cut down the amount of caffeine you have each day and you should find your anxiety and upset stomach improve very quickly.
Sugar is a 21st-century drug of choice for many people. It’s found in many processed foods and we all love a sweet treat. Yet a high sugar diet can cause heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, which are all killers.
Reduce your sugar intake as much as possible. Swap energy drinks for water and scrutinize packaging and labels for hidden sugar.
Finally, if you are addicted to social media, it’s a good idea to quit this habit too. No good ever came of spending every waking moment on Facebook.