Why We Create Bad Habits

Bad habits are often created due to emotional needs. A poor belief system will cause us to create bad habits as an attempt to fix what’s broken. For some reason, our minds want to believe that we need negative things to be happy.

Don’t create bad habits as an attempt to decrease emotional pain. In the end, a bad habit will only make matters worse.

Picking up smoking, for example, will cause poor health. So now, not only do you have emotional needs that are not being fulfilled, you will also have health issues as well. Bad habits double your trouble!

As another example, taking up gambling can cause financial ruin. Or, gluttony (eating too much or too often) can cause weight gain, which can lead to a massive heart attack or other health issues such as diabetes or stroke.

Creating any bad habit will cause pain in the end.

Instead, create positive habits.

Do something creative and find new hobbies. There are online groups for just about any type of hobby you can think of such as writing, art, dance, and even accounting, if that’s your thing. You can join online social clubs, visit group meetings at your local church or social outlet, or attend Friday night karaoke at a local restaurant.

You don’t have to wallow in emotional despair. There are support groups out there that can help you through whatever difficult time you’re having. Don’t pick up drinking, smoking, or eating too much. It isn’t worth it. And for goodness’ sake, don’t start doing drugs! That’s one of the worst bad habits I can think of. It ruins lives. It kills. Don’t do it.

Try skill-building by taking a class or turn to online how-to workshops. Try adding nutritious foods to your diet and removing unhealthy ones.

Many times, emotions are controlled by poor nutrition.  Too much sugar, for example, will leave you constantly wanting more of the wrong types of food and feeling emotional. Sugar causes your insulin to spike, leaving you constantly feeling hungry. It isn’t true hunger; it is just a mirage. You aren’t really hungry. You’re just full of the results of bad habits. Don’t give in to them. Instead, replace sugar-filled foods with healthy ones like fruits and nuts.

Whatever emotion you’re feeling, there’s a perfectly good explanation for why you’re feeling it. But don’t get wrapped up in trying to explain or understand your emotions. Instead, fill your mind with good things until the bad feeling passes or until you do understand it.

Surround yourself with people who care about you. Take up your time doing positive things such as charity work. Go to church, read the bible, listen to positive music, stay active in your community, or take up meditation if that’s what it takes to keep your mind and body active in positive and uplifting things.

We are what we eat. We are what we think. We are what we do. We are what we surround ourselves with. Make it positive.

In the end, your mind and body will thank you.

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