Anyone who says they don’t have an unhealthy, embarrassing, or time-wasting habit is lying. We all have them, and some really aren’t great for us. Let’s look at 19 guilty habits that we should really stop indulging in.
Late Night Fast Food Runs
We’ve all been there; after a long day or night out, the craving for greasy food hits hard. But be warned, these late-night indulgences can lead to an unhappy stomach and feelings of guilt the next morning. Fast food is also high in calories and low in nutritional value, so it’s really best left as a rare treat.
Binge-Watching Reality TV
It’s hard to resist the drama and allure of reality TV, but spending hours glued to the screen can leave us feeling unproductive and even a little embarrassed! Remember to balance your screen time with other activities (particularly outdoor ones) and make time for socializing with loved ones and friends too.
Who doesn’t love a shopping spree? Buying new clothes or gadgets can bring a surge of happiness, but overindulging in retail therapy can put a dent in your wallet and contribute to clutter, which isn’t good for your mental health. If you don’t actually need anything new, look for other ways to boost your mood.
Playing Hooky from Work
Sometimes, the temptation to take a “mental health day” from work can be strong, especially when the weather is nice, or there’s a big game on. But, unfortunately, your colleagues and your workload will still be there tomorrow, and you might feel guilty for skipping out or even more stressed trying to catch up.
After a long day, the temptation to order takeout can be overwhelming, especially when we are tired and hungry. While it’s okay to treat yourself now and then, relying on takeout too frequently can become very expensive and is ultimately much less healthy than cooking at home with fresh ingredients. Cook more often and save takeout for special occasions or hunger emergencies.
Eating Cookie Dough
We’ve all sneaked a spoonful (or two) of raw cookie dough before it hits the oven, but once again, it’s not the best idea. Although it tastes good, the risk of salmonella poisoning from raw eggs and the huge sugar overload might not make it the healthiest option for snacking.
Social Media Scrolling
Social media can be a fun way to stay connected, but it’s also extremely bad for your mental health (even in small doses). Spending too much time scrolling through feeds can lead to feelings of envy and discontent, as well as distract you from more fulfilling and meaningful activities. We recommend moderation and engaging with the real world instead!
Snoozing Your Alarm
We all love those extra few minutes before the daily grind, but hitting the snooze button too often can disrupt your sleep patterns and make you feel groggy. Try to set your alarm for a realistic, consistent wake-up time that gives you enough time for your morning routine without impeding on sleep time too much.
A juicy piece of gossip can be hard to resist, and sometimes it is completely innocent. Just bear in mind that malicious or ill-meant gossip can lead to hurt feelings and broken trust. It’s almost always better to avoid that, right!? Instead, try focusing on building positive relationships and having uplifting conversations with others.
Eating From the Container
We’re not saying that digging into a tub of ice cream or a bag of chips isn’t incredibly satisfying, but this habit can lead to overeating and poor portion control. When you serve yourself a reasonable amount on a plate, you are forced to be honest with yourself about how much you’re eating. It’s always better to put the container away to avoid mindless snacking.
Putting off tasks is sometimes necessary and appropriate, but delaying what needs to be done without good reason often leads to stress and a last-minute scramble. If you’re really struggling, break your tasks into smaller, manageable chunks and tackle them one at a time. You can even make yourself a tick chart to track your progress and offer encouragement.
Drinking Sugary Coffee Drinks
Sugary coffee drinks can be a delicious pick-me-up, but (you guessed it) the high caffeine content and sugar calories can have negative effects on your health. Plus, they often result in you feeling even more tired later on. Opt for healthier alternatives such as fresh juices or tea, and enjoy sweet coffee as an occasional treat.
Reading Trashy Romance Novels
There’s something undeniably addictive about predictably ridiculous and steamy romance novels. But indulging in these guilty pleasures too often can make you forget how real love works, generate unrealistic expectations, and leave you feeling a bit sheepish when others ask what you’re reading! Be sure to mix in other genres and more intelligent or thought-provoking reads.
Taking Extra-Long Showers
Ah, the simple joy of a long, hot shower. But with water conservation being a global concern, this guilty pleasure can come with a twinge of environmental guilt. Not to mention that overlong exposure to hot water isn’t good for your hair or skin. That’s why we recommend finding other, drier ways to unwind.
Impulse Online Shopping
It’s late at night, and you find yourself browsing your favorite shopping site. Before you know it, you’ve added a cartful of items you don’t really need. That rush of retail therapy might feel good, but your wallet may beg to differ. Not to mention that product photography can be extremely misleading, and you may end up regretting your choices come delivery day.
Wearing Pajamas All Day
Sometimes, we really want to spend the day lounging in our PJs. However, staying in your pajamas all day can make you feel unproductive and sluggish. It’s also what we do when we’re sick, and that association can’t be a good one, can it? Make an effort to get dressed, even if you’re not leaving the house; it’ll boost your mood and motivation.
Karaoke Nights Alone
Want to belt out those cheesy pop songs or power ballads in the privacy of your own home? There’s no judgment here; you might even discover your inner diva or rock star. Just be mindful of the neighbors – they might not share your enthusiasm for your solo performances. And don’t forget to invite your friends over now and then to keep on top of your social needs.
Watching Animal Videos
It’s such a cliche, but we do, as human beings, seem to love watching adorable animals do funny things. While it can be a delightful way to pass the time, it’s not exactly the most productive activity. You’ll be happier if you enjoy them in moderation and balance screen time with other activities.
Listening to Cheesy Pop Music
We all have those guilty pleasure songs that we can’t help but love, even if they’re not exactly high art. It’s okay to indulge in your favorite pop tunes but be mindful of how much time you’re spending on this musical escapism, and always use headphones if those you live with don’t share your musical tastes.
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