Being unhealthy doesn’t just refer to weight or eating habits; the mind and spirit can become imbalanced and sick as well. Unhealthy people don’t become that way intentionally, of course – it happens subtly and over a period of time. They begin to carry excess weight in their hearts and souls by allowing the world to control their emotions instead of mastering them.

In this world, we don’t just have a physical health epidemic; we have a mental and spiritual crisis as well. Our way of living doesn’t really promote our well-being. As such, after being exposed to society for a while, we can become weighed down and out of tune with ourselves.

However, just because the world chooses to live a certain way does not mean we have to follow suit. We have the power of free will, which means we get to decide (for the most part) how we will conduct our lives. We can choose health or sickness in the foods we eat, the thoughts we think, and the people we choose to engage with.

As we said before, unhealthy people often don’t realize the impact of their actions and thoughts; they just run on autopilot. Living healthfully means becoming aware of how your decisions will impact you, and making the right choices for your mental and physical health. In this article, we’ll go over the habits of unhealthy people so that you can make the right choices for yourself and change your lifestyle, if need be.

“The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over.”  – Steve Maraboli

  1. Having a negative mindset

Having a negative attitude can lead to many physical and mental health problems. Unhealthy people tend to have a more pessimistic view of life, which can result in poor self-image and self-esteem. Negative emotions and thoughts can impact physical health as well.

In fact, in a 2014 study published in the journal Neurology, researchers linked high levels of cynicism to an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. The more trusting, open participants did not show signs of developing dementia, even when researchers accounted for other variables such as heart condition, age, sex, smoking habits, etc.

Hostility, another negative emotion, has also been linked to health problems. According to a 2014 study published in the journal Stroke, those who had higher measures of unfriendliness as well as chronic stress and depressive symptoms had an elevated risk of having a stroke compared to the friendlier participants.

As you can see from these studies, negativity doesn’t just affect your mind; it can damage your body as well. Healthy people practice positive thinking because they know that our thoughts really do create our reality. They understand that having a good mindset will produce better results.

  1. Using addictions to escape reality

We don’t take addiction lightly and realize that it’s a serious disease in our society. However, using a substance to escape reality will only lead to destruction later on, because the person will need greater amounts of whatever they’ve become addicted to in order to function. Addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, cigarettes, and gambling have become common in the world; people simply want to take away their pain.

Despite it being a disease, the person must consciously choose to develop the addiction in the first place. At any point, you can choose to get help and get your addiction under control, but you must first admit the problem and be open to change. Unhealthy people often don’t take responsibility for themselves and don’t seek healthier alternatives to their addictions.

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