We’re so used to planning out the things we want to do and accomplish in the future that most of the time, we forget the little off-putting, borderline health-jeopardizing habits that hinder us from unleashing our full potential. We all have our bad habits, and more often than not, they’re pretty difficult to kick.
1. Too much television and social media
Sitting on your couch, watching television, and checking all your social media accounts every five minutes aren’t exactly things you should be doing too often. By spending excessive time using digital gadgets, you’d be getting less physical exercise and may even increase the risk of possible health problems.
How to kick it: Try to spend less time on your couch or bed just surfing the net or binge-watching your all-time fave series for the nth time and spend more time outdoors: go visit friends, finish errands and chores, try something interesting, or exercise. Limit your use of social media and your consumption of television to a certain amount of time that is practical for you, say two hours. And while watching or surfing the net, you can always do some exercises! You can also get up and get some work done in between series or during commercials. Imagine just how much you can accomplish and just how fulfilled you’d feel after completing and finishing so much by simply lessening the amount of time you spend online. You’d be surprised!
2. Over. Spending.
Ahhh, an age-old problem, this is. Sometimes, you just can’t help it. You really, really need to buy that cute school supply set, but dear me, it costs much more than your allotted budget. You NEED to own a pair of those cute sneakers because, well, because they’re cute. Not taking care of your finances and going beyond your budget are common problems, even (might I say especially) among college students. Don’t wait for the day you are swimming in debt and unable to pay back anything any time soon to reverse this habit.
How to kick it: Cut back on purchasing things you don’t actually need. PRIORITIZE. Save up a certain percentage of your allowance or salary every month, and make sure you don’t spend it. Keep track of your expenditures and stick to a budget. To make these tasks easier, try creating a list every time you go grocery shopping. Be certain you only purchase the things written on the list. You can also have the initiative to search for discounts and awesome deals when it comes to buying clothes, books, or even airplane tickets! You’ll thank yourself one day.
3. Pullling all-nighters
There are times when you get carried away watching a series, and before you know it, it’s the wee hours of the morning. Great! You completed your essay and submitted it just in the knick of time. It feels good to know that you’ve finished reviewing everything for your exam the next day, or should I say, in a few hours. But getting little or no sleep is not exactly the best way to keep your body and mind in top condition. After pulling all-nighters, you may have a more difficult time remembering what you studied the night before, your mood swings may just get worse, and you will feel hungry, sleepy, and in short, horrible.
How to kick it: Learn to schedule, and schedule well. Map out what you have to do, and strictly follow it. By organizing your meetings, study times, and other activities, you avoid putting things off for a later date. Take naps if you have to, since some sleep is still much better than no sleep at all. Don’t forget to catch up on sleep later on when you have more time. Pulling all-nighters isn’t something we should be doing, ever, but when you do have to stay up all night, don’t forget to hydrate and take short naps and breaks. Take care of yourself!
4. Skipping breakfast, or any meal for that matter
When you’re studying and pulling all-nighters, you snack and drink loads and loads of coffee, but the next morning, you probably forget to eat breakfast because you’re in such a rush. It may seem convenient at first, but in the long run, skipping meals can have serious effects on your body. This can lead to overeating later on in the day and to messing up your blood sugar and energy levels. Skipping meals actually slows your metabolism, consequently making you gain weight faster. You should also know that when skipping meals often, your body tries to find alternate ways to obtain energy by breaking down muscle and not fat. Not something anyone wants to hear!
How to kick it: If you’re on an extremely tight schedule, prepare your meals beforehand. Not a breakfast person? You don’t necessarily have to eat breakfast food in the morning. Eat what you wish, from a plate of chicken and rice to the leftovers from the night before. Of course, it would be best for you to plan and consume healthy meals. You can always hit the net to search for quick and easy ways to prepare on-the-go meals.
If you’re having a difficult time stopping these bad habits, don’t you worry. It takes time, and if at first you don’t succeed, just keep trying. Keep your head above water. You’ll get there.