It’s easier not getting involved in a habit than breaking it. As someone wisely said, the chains of habits are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
As a teenager who is just starting life, it is very easy to get carried away by the supposed pleasures derived from various acts than to see through it and understand the dangers in them.
Habits are those “simple” acts we get involved in every now and then, either publicly or secretly. You know your habits, and deep inside, you know what danger or risks (or not) it is posing to you.
Habits can either be positive or negative, and this post is about the negative habits you must not indulge as a teenager (even as an adult).
Four habits dangerous for you
The list of habits you must not indulge in isn’t limited to these, but this is a good place to start from, getting addicted to these might not show negative signs at first, but truth is, sooner or later, you’d start seeing the adverse effects of these habits in your life and how you relate to others.
- Drug Abuse:
Many teenagers are getting addicted to the use of drugs. From stimulants to un-prescribed drugs, hemp etc. drug abuse has never had more youths getting involved in it than it’s having now. The effect of drug abuse is grave and your life might be completely destroyed because it’ll take time to rehabilitate you.
From a very tender age, kids start seeing pornography due to their early exposure to the internet and free access to it in some countries (and very affordable access in most others). When you get engaged in pornography, you won’t know what harm you are doing to yourself until you find yourself by default punching your keyboard keys to several porn sites. Many individuals cannot live without seeing a pornographic video every day and this affects productivity during the day. Like drugs, it’s addictive because it is similar to drug use too.
This post isn’t to discuss if alcohol is good or bad, you decide that yourself. But if your choice is to take it, then you must know when to stop. It’s difficult advising youngsters these days to be teetotalers, but they must know the workload excess alcohol does to your body system. Taking alcohol might feel good, but be sure not to get addicted. It is very easy to get carried away with the belief that it takes away your pains, but you should realize these pain returns to you once you are sober.
Remember the popular saying, “Smokers are liable to die young”? Most people no longer take that saying seriously again, maybe because most of the smokers they know are still alive, almost hale and hearty. Does this negate the fact that smoking is dangerous? No! By getting addicted to smoking, your teeth suffer your lungs, internal organs, lips, body smell etc. Whatever pleasure derived from smoking, do your best to get it by other means and not smoking.
There is much other stuff you must not get involved in, (even if your parents or models are into it), but to retain the simplicity of this post, I’ve stopped at just five of them. Of course, it is easy to get carried away by peer pressure, but you must have opinions and take decisions of your own.