We are by nature creatures of habit. In fact, most times I doubt we even consider our habits—we just do them without thinking. This is great if our habits are positive and make us more productive people. But what about those subconscious practices that drive our loved ones crazy—or worse, could even hurt our health? Consider these six bad habits that may actually be more detrimental to your health than you realize! Are you guilty? There’s always time to change.
Bad Habit #1: Negative Attitude & Self-Talk
It turns out that happy people are more likely to have happy bodies. According to Dr. Laura Kubzansky, professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “emotional vitality—characterized by enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—is associated with a substantially reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.” So figure out what brings you joy in life and start focusing more on that now to reduce your risk of debilitating disease in the future. Positive vibes help!
In addition to being outwardly positive, having positive self-talk is also really important to reaching your health goals, particularly when it comes to weight loss. What you say to yourself matters! It can help propel you or derail you. We may overeat as a result of guilt from negative self-talk or as a way of numbing emotions. Negative self-talk also creates stress, which metabolically makes weight loss that much more difficult for the body. That’s no good. So be good to yourself!