3 useless habits to quit immediately
It goes without saying that over the years, and with technological advancement, we have unconsciously picked up useless habits; some pretty decent and others that are downright scary with their damaging effect.
This is not in any way to take a piss at technology. Tech is awesome; its advantages are numerous and insurmountable.
But let’s be guided, we all agree that there are a few unnecessary bandwagon behaviors we have imbibed over the years.
A few we are not so conscious of or refuse to look deep into. While there are a few others we are aware of and probably don’t know the damaging effect indulging in it has.
I have the singular honor of highlighting a few of those here. Stay with me.
The “remote” life
An inactive lifestyle has been directly linked to weight gain, obesity, heart disease, depression, cancer, dementia. In most cases, it has a lethargic effect on the brain neurons that can affect assimilation and memory retention.
Movement is such a good part of life, it releases the hormone; endorphins into the bloodstream. This hormone is responsible for the exciting ‘feel-good’ feeling same as when we fall in love.
Move! Take a minimum walk of 30 mins in a day while taking/making all those calls you keep putting off and get your blood pumping to wellness.
Lack of good concentration can be such a killer. For a fact, social media takes up a lot of time, focus, and mental energy making it count as one heck of a useless habit.
Of course, the downside to the addictive use of social media may not outweigh the upsides but it sure is just as damaging.
It nurtures the irrelevant habit of taking in unnecessary information and news, media that you have no control over. This affects your state of mind, your focus, your mood and is very likely to cause depression.
You are in complete charge of this and can decide to use some methods and tools to manage the content you consume daily.
Read long pieces of information or article that can hold your concentration for a longer span; rather than short bursts of scattered sentences (e.g tweets that may not contain detailed information that helps the complete understanding of what is being communicated).
Try meditation and a bit of quiet every now and then to still your mind and rest the brain.
The idea behind this is to give two or more things equal attention in order to achieve a lot within that time frame.
That is just stress!
As much as we like to think otherwise, humans cannot Multitask. It is impossible to give two differing tasks equal attention at a time.
Stanford University Psychology professor, Clifford Nass had something interesting to say about that:
“People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy. They can’t manage a working memory. They’re chronically distracted. They initiate much larger parts of their brain that are irrelevant to the task at hand. And even — they’re even terrible at multitasking.
When we ask them to multitask, they’re actually worse at it. So they’re pretty much mental wrecks. (laughter)”
Rather than confuse your mind with trying to perfect two activities, master the beautiful art of time management and ruthlessly prioritize.
The pressure of doing more at once will lessen once only the things that really matter have been outlined and are focused on at a time.
With focus comes effectiveness and results.
Some other things to cut down on are:
- Sugar intake
- Terrible inhuman sleeping pattern
- Excessive and almost compulsive tv consumption
- Consuming 60decibels (and above) of sound/music at once.
Some experts have researched and concluded that our technological advancement, some modern lifestyle, and a handful of habits that are useless we pick up while adapting to these factors are currently eating at our neural pathways making us less active, creative, slower, and generally dumber.
Be one of the few to dispute that!