Everyone does things they probably shouldn’t.
In most cases, it’s a direct result of something we’ve learned early on that developed into habits over time.
Whether it is biting your nails, using drugs, or not getting enough sleep at night, some habits are hard to let go of. Be that as it may, there are certain habits that could end up wreaking havoc on your quality of life as you get older.
Let’s take a look at some habits you’ll want to let go sooner rather than later:
If you were born during the era when cigarette smoking was glorified and often encouraged, then it can be harder to quit the habit. However, the older you get, the weaker your body’s ability is to stay strong and healthy.
Prolonged cigarette smoking can lead to adverse health effects. Not to mention that the worse your health is, the more expensive healthcare will be when you’re ready to retire.
Consider an Alternative: If you’ve been smoking for a better part of your life, quitting can be something that is very challenging (or even something you’re not willing to do). There are healthier alternatives to smoking, such as using a vape pen.
With fewer harmful chemicals and substances, vaping is a lot less taxing on the body and can also be a lot more affordable than smoking cigarettes daily.
In a world where virtually anything can be provided to you from the comforts of your own home, it can be pretty easy to become a “couch potato." Sitting for long periods of time without being active will in time break your body down.
In fact, sitting too much can lead to organ damage, muscle degeneration, weight gain, loss of brain power, and more.
Consider an Alternative: Make movement a priority in your day. Whether you’re home or in the office, make it a point to get up and move at least 5-10 minutes every hour.
Walk around the office, park further back in the parking lot, or even go for a brief jog during your lunch break just to get the blood flowing.
Doing this on a daily basis will help to break your habit of sitting all day long and will motivate you to include exercise into your day.
There are increasing studies out there that show that sugar can be just as addictive as serious drugs. It can also do serious damage to your overall health including the increased possibility of developing diabetes or high blood pressure.
While you might enjoy getting your Coke or Pepsi fix on a daily basis, you may want to scale back a bit.
Consider an Alternative: There are a lot of healthier alternatives out there for those who have a sweet tooth or just feel like they need that soda to get through the day.
sing all natural sweeteners such as Stevia with no glycemic index will ensure that your sugar levels don’t rise causing you health issues.
Also, drinking plenty of water will help to flush out the sugar you do consume throughout the day.
Impulsive spending is a common bad habit for all of us. You see something you want and you grab it without a second thought to how it will impact you financially.
Some impulse buys afford us temporary satisfaction while others are simply a waste of time and money.
However, now that retirement is in sight, you really need to hone in on your spending habits so that you don’t end up going over budget.
Consider an Alternative: The best solution for impulsive spending is to have a budget. A budget enables you to know what you can afford to spend.
If you are bitten by the "impulse buying" bug at least wait 24 hours before making your purchase. If you see something that you’re interested in purchasing do yourself a favor and wait a day.
Think about it, review your budget, and if you’re still interested in purchasing it, then go for it.
If you’ve developed any of the above habits, consider healthier alternatives or various practices to quit. The sooner you do, the better chances you have of living a happy, complete life.
What "nasty" habits do you wish you could get rid of? There's so many, right?
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