Habit can be defined as unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.
It is an action performed repeatedly and gradually without much consciousness.
There are good habits and as well bad habits.
Any action developed over time that is helpful to one’s physical, mental, spiritual and overall wellbeing is a good and healthy habit.
Examples of healthy habits that can be formed overtime include constant praying, regular exercising, maintaining personal hygiene, etc.
Like I said earlier, as much as there are unhealthy habits, there are also plenty unhealthy habits people develop.
1) Nose Picking:
Nose picking is a condition, called rhinotillexomania, which is often accompanied with stress or anxiety and other habits like nail-biting or scratching.
This nail biting is even more prominent and common whereas its not so good a habit.
Effect of putting fingers in the nose
a) *mFingernails can leave tiny cuts in the nasal tissue and dangerous bacteria can find their ways into these openings and cause infections.
b) Scratching the nose may break or rupture delicate blood vessels which invariably can lead to bleeding.
2) Eating in a rush:
This is a typical me. I love to do things very fast. I love to talk fast, walk fast, eat fast, etc that my parents started complaining.
I can finish my food within 2 – 3 minutes.
However, I’ve come to realize that eating fast is associated with an increased risk of being overweight or obese.
It’s much easier to eat more food than the body really needs when one eats fast which means consuming excess calorie that can lead to weight gain.
It can also the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
3) Eating junks:
The more junk food one consumes, the less likely one is going to consume the essential nutrients that the body needs.
Also, many junks have added sugar which leads to consuming extra calories.
The calories in fried foods like French fries do result in weight gain, which can lead to other diseases as well.
French fries also contains acrylamide which are carcinogenic substances.
This habit is common with many.
I will do it tomorrow and tomorrow comes and goes without doing anything.
Procrastination will make one lose precious times and opportunities. Although, procrastination has been linked to mental health problems like stress and anxiety. However, if one procrastinate too much with something, it will most likely start to stress one out the more and cause anxiety.
Always remember this: Procrastination is a thief of time.
5) Not drinking water:
Many people are guilty of this 😭. Some will even eat and not drink thereafter whereas one should even not wait till then before drinking water.
Yoruba will call some people”ajokutamamumi“.
Failure to drink enough water can cause dehydration, fatigue, headache, weakened immunity, and dry skin.
Water is really needed to flush wastes and toxins from the body through urine.
More so, kidneys are the body’s filtration system but they require a copious amount of water to do their job properly and boot unwanted toxins out. Without proper hydration, the kidneys become unable to filter the blood properly, and you risk all kinds of hilarious nasties, from kidney stones to disease.
6) Leaving dishes unwashed:
Many love to accumulate dirty plates before washing because they feel washing every now and them is very stressful.
But you see, leftover foods on dirty dishes grow bacteria at rapid rate. And at room temperature, bacteria can double in number in less times.
The longer dirty dishes stay, the more time bacteria has to multiply.
High accumulation of bacteria also attract rats, fruit flies, mice, and cockroaches, etc.
What about the smell from a sink full of dirty dishes?
All these are hazardous to health.
Many have the habit of comparing themselves with others.
When they see anyone, the first thing is to compare everything about the person with themselves.
Some do this unconsciously because it’s already part of them. It’s an habit already.
Let me quickly reiterate the fact that Comparison is a thief of joy.
When we constantly compare ourselves to others, we waste energy focusing on other peoples’ lives instead of ours which can have ripple effects on one’s total wellbeing.
How to overcome all these unhealthy habits
1) One needs to first see these habits as u unhealthy ones.
2) Next is to pray to God for help in doing away with these habits.
Because truth be told, habits are not always easy to do away with.
3) Be patient with yourself and grow out of those habits.
4) Set reminders to remind you of things to do and not to do.
5) Plan and schedule your works. This will prevent procrastination.
6) Believe in yourself and accept who you are.
7) Be willing to make a change.