The weird thing about these habits is that they take a long time to make us realize their impact on us.
It is great news if you are striving for good and creative habits. A good habit will direct your life in the right direction and boost your inner confidence. But it is equally harmful if you unknowingly adopt bad habits. The interesting thing is that you will find it much later when the damage is done.
Some people adopt bad habits unknowingly, do them consistently for years and find them much later in life. So here, I have compiled eight habits bad for you, especially your brain, you should look for and avoid because these habits would negatively affect your brain.
When we perform multitasking, we execute two or more tasks at the same time while cramming from one task to another, without giving rest to our brains.
Multitasking makes our attention span short and exhausts the brain in a short period. Multitask demands regular switching between two works hence decreasing work efficiency.
For example, if you are reading an article and continuously checking notifications on your phone, then you won’t be able to concentrate on the article.
Scientific research has proved that humans can’t perform multi-tasking, rather it is switching between the tasks that we do, that reduce efficiency and results in impaired memory retention.
When we complain about our life, then that habit of continuous complaining creates a negative outlook on life in our brains. Our brain is an organ that takes and processes information as it is. In this way, we allow entering negativity into our bodies that make us feel worst about ourselves.
As a result of that, the brain secretes stress hormones that lead to depression and anxiety.
Habit of focusing on negative
A brain is a machine that can take a thing and process it in numerous ways. It can’t tell the difference between what is virtual and what is reality. So, the brain can’t distinguish between our emotions, states, feelings, and thoughts, whether these are real or fake!
Well, negativity is the natural state of the human mind. It focuses more on the negatives than the positives in life. It triggers our mind to release stress hormones and put it in a fight-or-flight state. A negative thought causes an increase in heart rate that leads to blood pressure.
Lack of sleep
Lack of sleep has been linked directly to mood swings and short-term memory. It also creates extra pressure on the brain and makes it difficult for the brain to think and process anything. Lack of sleep can also cause dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Why good night’s sleep is a good habit for the brain?
A good night’s sleep is considered a rejuvenating period for the brain and the body. When we make a habit of sleep well, the brain functions properly, and works at its best.
Eating processed foods and sugar.
Today, processed foods contain a lot of sugar. When we consume sugary foods, it spikes our sugar levels and makes us feel full of energy. But eventually, high levels wear off, drain out energy pretty fast, and make us feel empty.
our brains need glucose to function well. when we don’t ingest enough glucose, then sugar craving comes into the picture. We tend to eat processed and sugary foods amid the brain’s low-level glucose.
Today, processed food items that contain a high level of sugar, are the prominent reason for diabetes and obesity in teenagers.
Too much sugar and caffeine
Sugar and caffeine are the two major factors for many mental health problems like Alzheimer, anxiety, depression, dementia, and whatnot.
Consuming too much caffeine and sugar leads to many problems:
- Sugar affects your moods by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain.
- Caffeine increases the levels of neurotransmitters.
Stress is a very-much part of life in today’s world. Stress causes the release of hormones that makes us feel anxious and depressed. As a result of which, stress aims at the main part of the brain that makes it difficult to learn new things and decreases the retention power of memory.
Following are the ways (useful habits) to cope with stress:
- Exercise regularly.
- Practise meditation.
- Learn to breathe deeply.
Sitting idle in one place for long periods.
The human brain and body are designed in such a way that it demands continuous activity for proper functioning. Sitting in one place for too much time can lead to health issues like diabetes and heart disease due to low blood circulation.
While remaining inactive also leads to less dopamine production, which results in, declined cognitive functions of the brain, such as attention span and memory.
A brain is a magical tool if used correctly. If it is coupled with bad habits it can cause various problems, so choose the right habits and refrain from the ones mentioned above, in the article.
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