Everyone has little quirks that they know they shouldn’t do. Little things that you know are not the best side of you. It’s likely that you’ve developed bad habits during your life. And surprisingly enough, most of your bad habits tend to come from your experience in college. Don’t worry, though, everyone starts to get used to the freedom of college life and accidentally indulges in the odd bad habit – or maybe a couple of them. It doesn’t mean that you’re now stuck for the rest of your life with dealing with your college habits. You can break out of them easily if you begin aware of what they are. After all, a habit is only a way of behaving. It’s never written in stone, as you are the one in control of your behavior. Here are the 5 worst college habits that you might have kept.
Junk Food Is Not Your Friend
It seems very easy when you’re in college to indulge in junk food. After all, it’s directly available and easy to prepare: All you need to do is to open the pack, or order from your local takeaway. The problem with junk food is that it rapidly evolves into an addiction and can throw away any dream of a healthy diet. There is no simple way out of it. The best way to get rid of the sluggish feeling that junk food leaves in its path is to stop eating it. Easier said than done, admittedly. But you will have to stick to vegetables and fruit to cleanse your taste buds and start to appreciate the taste of real food again. Besides, junk food brings only calories to your body and no nutrient. So it’s time to fuel your body with the energy it needs!
Drinking Too Much
Partying and drinking are common to the college lifestyle. Actually, drinking in college is driving almost 200,000 emergency room visits per year. In other words, even during the college years, drinking wasn’t a healthy activity. However, if you’ve kept the habit of partying hard and drinking even harder, it’s safe to say that you probably know the health issues that follow a hard night. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of the long-term issues that are related to your liver, your heart and your brain. Drinking is a form of slow destruction. The more you drink, the more you damage your body and your mind. As alcohol can develop into a dangerous addiction, if you find yourself drinking too much too often, you may need professional help to get back to the healthy side of life.
Not Sleeping Enough
Partying through the night, or studying through the night before an exam, is a common thing in college. After all, students are young, and they’ve got the rest of their lives to rest… or so they think. In truth, you can expect that lack of sleep is a habit that is difficult to ditch: Most people feel rapidly trapped in a vicious circle. The problem with not getting enough sleep is that it doesn’t only mean that you can’t function without a cup of coffee in the morning. It also impacts on your sex life, your memory, your health, your metabolism and your appearance. Lack of sleep can seriously impair your cognitive abilities, making it more difficult to remain attentive or reason. But that’s not all. It is linked to heart diseases, weight gain and depression. So if you thought that you could handle short nights, think again.
Skipping breakfast is almost a golden rule in college, as it helps you to make it on time to the lecture – especially after a party. The problem with skipping breakfast is that it can be a damaging habit. Indeed, if you need to concentrate in the morning or if you need to consume a lot of energy, you will feel hungry very early during the day. As a result, you are more likely to overeat. While nutritionists tend to agree that skipping breakfast is unhealthy because people who don’t skip breakfast are leaner and slimmer, you need to look at the whole picture. It’s not skipping breakfast that’s bad. It’s how you deal with it. If it’s by order a large coffee with double serving of sugar and whipped cream on top, you’d better reconsider breakfast in the morning.
Nothing prepares you to procrastinate like your college years. It’s easy to do nothing until the day before the exam and to learn throughout the night. But in real life, being actively prepared can make all the difference. Whether you are thinking about home maintenance, budget planning, health appointments, or your professional career, there is no room for procrastination.