Many of us have a few bad habits. That’s not necessarily a terrible thing depending on the scope of their impact, as everyone needs a small treat they enjoy from time to time, and no one is ever perfect.
That said, it’s essential for us to discipline ourselves when it comes to the long-term effects of the harm we do to our bodies. For instance, enjoying a drink from time to time isn’t a bad thing at all, provided you have no health conditions to keep in mind – but drinking often, refusing to exercise at all, or totally eschewing vegetables from your diet? All of this can have an effect.
Sometimes, it can seem as though two movements are diametrically opposed. For instance, it’s essential for those classified as obese to lose weight healthily and to return to a more suitable BMI, but it’s also important for larger people to feel confident and to be loved for who they are. As such, the narratives around healthy habit-making and discipline can seem quite contradictory.
For this reason, we’d like to invite you to take a look at the real cost of ignoring bad habits. In this way, you may find the motivation to change anew – because you’re always stronger than you think you are.
It’s Difficult To Regain Momentum
It’s never too late to get a hold of your bad habits, but over time repeated failings or repeated efforts in ignoring your path forward can leave you feeling as though you have little forward momentum. For this reason, it’s good to take small steps where you can and to build momentum more solidly this way. That might involve you taking some time to relax and to make progress with one positive habit now – such as quitting smoking before you decide to lose weight.
You Begin To Define Yourself By Your Habits
When bad habits are part of your weekly routine, you tend to view them as part of yourself. This might involve becoming a person who drinks four days a week and accepting yourself as such, when you don’t need to do this. Seeing yourself from a different vantage point, even if it means testing yourself, can be tremendously helpful.
Problems Can Influence Other Problems
It’s important to remember that it’s rare for a singular vice to stay singular for long. For instance, there’s a documented link between smoking and hearing loss, not to mention the way smoking damages your heart, ages you prematurely, and can even harm your brain. The body is intimately interconnected when it comes to function, and rarely is a bad habit just a bad habit for one reason. If you understand this, you can avoid allowing problems to influence other problems going forward.
With this advice, we hope you can defend against the real cost of ignoring your bad habits.