It’s been 72 years since India wrested freedom from the Brits. The right to govern the country was transferred to the Indian Constituent Assembly on 15th August 1947 and set India on the path to becoming a sovereign republic.
Independence Day celebrates political liberation. But there’s more to freedom than just that. Because liberty comes in many shapes and forms. While we may elect our own leaders to govern our country, many other freedoms still elude us to this day. One such freedom is the dependence on unhealthy habits that plague our health.
These habits are easy to start but very difficult to step away from. In fact, these habits become an extension of most people without them realizing it. In the long term, they can cause various debilitating illnesses if you don’t take steps to dissociate from them.
Let’s look at some of these habits –
1. Turning it up too loud –
Many of us spend hours listening to music with our earphones plugged in while working, travelling, or even sleeping. We hardly realize that being exposed to loud music and noise for prolonged hours makes us vulnerable to hearing loss. You might not notice anything serious right away, but a couple of years down the line will surely have you wishing you had not turned up the volume too loud.
2. Not sleeping enough –
There could be many reasons why you aren’t sleeping as much as you need to. You may have to work overtime or bring work home. Or maybe simply worrying over how to increase your income is keeping you up at night.
If you don’t get enough sleep, a lot of things can go wrong with your body. Your immunity will weaken and that will start a domino effect. You will become vulnerable to illnesses. Your attention span will dwindle, and gradually your cognitive abilities too will be affected. Your brain will not be able to keep up with what’s required of it. Sleep deprivation may even increase your risk of getting diabetes and hypertension.
3. You are spending too much time in front of the screen –
Firstly, it’s adding to your screen time if you are already spending 8-9 hours in front of a computer at work. Your screens emit blue light that can damage your eyes.
Secondly, you aren’t doing anything useful with the time you have on your hands after you’re done with your work. Science has established that fun activities, be it cooking, reading, learning something new can prevent degeneration of brain cells. Most importantly, activities can alleviate stress and anxiety.
You could utilize the time you spend on your phone by working out. Exercise keeps both your mind and body healthy.
Thirdly, your screen addiction is slowly but surely causing a divide between you and your loved ones. Spending time with friends and family is instrumental to a healthy life because they can help you overcome anxiety, and uplift your mood.
4. Sitting for long periods –
A bad habit that is undermined but can prove to be lethal. People in urban areas usually live sedentary lives. We sit on chairs for hours on end, especially those doing 9-5 jobs. Sitting for too long can cause your leg muscles to cramp and lose tone.
Moreover, sitting for many hours at a stretch can disrupt blood circulation in your legs, this can cause Varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis.
5. Gulping down fast food –
Yet another habit that is shackling you is your thoughtless craving and dependence on fast foods. They are everywhere. They are yummy and comparatively cheap- a combination that makes them irresistible. What’s worse is that many people prefer ready to cook packaged meals, which are essentially poison on a plate. You need to avoid junk food because it is bad for your heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, and metabolism.
In addition, you should also quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol, two habits that have severe consequences on your health.
You can easily free yourself from these habits with a bit of awareness and strength of will. So this Independence day, take a pledge to avoid these habits and live a healthy life.