The Tablet Jr. > April, 2021

By Ariana Oliveri, Grade 7

Ariana Oliveri-The world went under quarantine. In quarantine, habits have been developed. While most of these habits can prove to be beneficial, others do more harm than good. It is important to be aware of the impact these habits have on our lives, so that we can stop the negative before they ruin our lives. In a recent survey taken among seventh graders on bad habits, 87.5% noticed an increase in playing video games, while 81.3% noticed an extreme increase in screen time. Meanwhile, 68.8% noticed an increase in sleeping and eating. While these habits won’t necessarily do immediate damage, if left to develop over time, can prove to be serious obstacles in life. 

For example, if you continuously play video games, that leads to procrastination in work. Extreme usage of screens leads to a lack of sleep, while oversleeping is equally harmful. Research has shown that oversleeping may lead to an increase in risks for some diseases. Some of these diseases include diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.  It is important to know how  to catch and break bad habits. 

One of these ways is through faith. One way is to pray to Saint Christopher, patron saint of strength to give you the strength to break your habits. Or Saint Zida, patron saint of self discipline. There is also Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, patron saint of new beginnings. Praying to these saints, or even one of these saints can help push you towards changing for the better. If praying to saints is not your forte, praying to God may also help. Even taking a few seconds out of your day may help boost your morale on breaking the habits. While praying, it is essential you keep in mind what specifically you are trying to change. Remember: God can’t help you change if you don’t try to change. 

While there are many ways to ask God for help, there are also ways to break bad habits outside of praying. One of these ways is to replace one bad habit with a good habit. While you are trying to replace that habit, you should leave reminders on what not to do. Sometimes doing things alone won’t work. Asking a friend to help keep you on track would work as well. Progress is not a straight line: you must prepare for slip ups, but the important thing is that you keep trying. It is important to be self-aware, especially of bad habits, and to seek improvement. Seeking help from God, family, and friends will allow you to become a better version of yourself.