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7 Seemingly Small Yet Insanely Destructive Lifestyle Choices

7 Seemingly Small Yet Insanely Destructive Lifestyle Choices

We often do harmful things to ourselves because we’re not aware of their consequences. Even the smallest decisions that we make in a nanosecond on a daily basis, like drinking another cup of coffee with the hope that it will make us energized or spending another minute on Facebook instead of going to sleep can be severely destructive if we take a look at the long-term effects.

Somehow, people find it easy to be ignorant when it comes to their body and mind – I’m sure you’ve managed to shush that voice that says you’re tired, hungry or thirsty in time. By doing that, you’re actually neglecting your basic needs and it’s not necessary for you to be a medical expert to understand how bad that can turn out.

The first step towards ending your self-destructive behavior is developing awareness.

1. Physical and Mental Negligence

Ignoring that constant pain in your neck or trying to drown the very same thoughts that pop in your mind each night before you go to sleep won’t make them go away. It’s the very same with cleaning – if you cover up all the dirt with a carpet, that doesn’t mean your home is clean. As a matter of fact, it means it will only get dirtier in time.

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Listen to what your body is trying to tell you in both physical and mental terms. The human body has its own natural alarms like the ones you install in your home, e.g. smoke detectors or those for household security. I’m sure you wouldn’t let an intruder come into your home, steal your stuff and harm you physically – you should simply react the same way to the signals that your body is sending to you.

2. Antisocial Behavior

Spending quality time with your mind is one thing, but being way too much inside your own head is not exactly healthy. Saying “no” to a cup of coffee and skipping a pleasant talk with a friend because you’re nervous can only make things worse – you’re not filtering out your anxiety, you’re allowing it to grow and multiply inside of your head.

There’s an opposite extreme to this behavior and that’s being too social – avoiding solitude can imply that you’re avoiding a problem that needs to be solved. Obviously, moderation is the key and you should try to find a balance here.

3. Acting a Martyr

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    Blaming the whole universe by asking why does everything always happen to me only magnifies your problems. We live in a world where good things happen to bad people – it’s not fair, but we need to deal with that harsh truth.

    That being said, you should take responsibility and take action, because no one will live your life instead of you, nor fix your problems.

    4. Over/Under Eating

    Unhealthy eating habits are a disease of the modern society – food became irrelevant at some point and we just forgot about its main purpose altogether. Starving yourself because you have a busy schedule and simply not enough time, or perhaps because you’re trying to achieve an unrealistic body figure that’s reflected on covers of magazines isn’t a price worthy enough, because you’re paying with your health. Your eating habits affect the quality of your sleep, especially if you try to replace a full meal with energizing beverages or junk food.

    The same thing goes with overeating – you can start small, by having an innocent snack at four AM, but it can end with high blood pressure, cholesterol issues and heart problems. If you’d put in some effort in preparing healthy meals and work out a schedule that meets the needs of your body, you’d feel more energized and more capable throughout the whole day.

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    5. Substance Abuse Instead of Coping

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      Another very efficient way to silence your mind and forget all about your problems is substance abuse. If you’re prone to alcohol, cigarettes or drugs, you’re on a certain path that leads to serious health issues – the longer you stay on that path, the more severe the consequences that lay in front of you.

      The fact you refuse to be present in your own life and you’re trying to escape into the world of vices doesn’t at all mean that everything you don’t like about it will disappear or get improved by itself. Those problems that banished you to a dark place will only get bigger if you stay there.

      Facing your demons is never easy, and if you can’t do it by yourself you should turn to members of your family and close friends. For some people it’s hard to have their loved ones watching them trying to fight addictions – if you’re one of them, you should turn to professionals and medical experts who are trained to guide and help you.

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      6. Careless Spending

      Having a problem with money management isn’t uncommon – a significant percentage of people have serious issues with handling their income. However, if your debts are only increasing and if you’re in serious situations where your paycheck can’t cover your expenses, it may mean that you don’t have respect towards your own effort.

      Each paycheck is a reward for your month’s work and the next time you start thinking about purchasing an overpriced item that you don’t really need, remember to remind yourself how much time and skill is invested in that price tag.

      7. Denying Help Completely

      There’s strength to independence, I won’t argue about that – being on your own is tough and it requires both physical and mental preparedness. However, there’s an extreme to this behavior; if you insist on doing everything on your own, even if it’s not on your list of responsibilities, and you deny every bit of help offered along the way, you have a problem.

      Wasting your time and energy because you’re stubborn or spiteful will come back to haunt you, have no doubt about that. Allow people to get closer to you by accepting their help. It will be beneficial on many different levels for the quality of your life – just try and see.

      Having introspectiveness in your set of skills is a smart thing to do – being transparent with yourself will help you realize what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for. When that becomes clear, you should be able to steer clear of all the destructiveness that you bring into your life, and that’s something you should be able to live without.

      Featured photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/u/jim-jackson-8721/ via pexels.com

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      Editor at MyCity Web

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      Last Updated on July 15, 2019

      41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

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      Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

      Love is one of those things.

      True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

      True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

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        A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

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          A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

          running help

            A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

            feeding kitten

              A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

              It’s having the perfect selfie partner

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                A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                girlfriends

                  Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                  selfies

                    A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                    selfie

                      Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                      dude selfie

                        Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                        It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                          A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                            A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                            It means having a friend to photobomb you

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                              A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                              old man photobomb

                                A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                family photobomb

                                  Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                  boyfriend photobomb

                                    A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                    True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                    shoulder to cry on

                                      A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                      flood dog

                                        During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                        A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

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                                          lunch

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                                            hug

                                              A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                              rubble

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                                                sister and brother

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                                                    A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                    It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                      A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                      national guard goodbye

                                                        A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                        saying goodbye

                                                          A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                          And cherishing reunions

                                                          husband home

                                                            A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                            boyfriend home

                                                              A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                              mother hug

                                                                A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                elderly women

                                                                  Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                  feeling young

                                                                    A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                    sprinkler dad

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                                                                      subway couple

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                                                                        wheelchairs

                                                                          A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                          It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                          silly faces

                                                                            A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                            vote for pedro

                                                                              A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                              True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                              date night

                                                                                A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                playing violin

                                                                                  Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                  True love is timeless

                                                                                  old friends

                                                                                    Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                    sitting around a fire

                                                                                      A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                      elderly couple

                                                                                        An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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