4 Addictions That I Find Hard To Fight

Us, humans, have worked so hard to create a world filled with so many magnificent things that can easily become addicting. From tangible things like food to intangible things like social media – we are surrounded by beacons calling us to them. While my addictions keep changing by the season here are 4 addictions that I just find impossible to fight off –

SUGAR

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Sugar high is THE real high. Okay, I shouldn’t be making that declaration since I haven’t tried a lot of other high inducing items. While I definitely enjoy wine’s happy high (kids, please read this as: grape juice) but nothing compares to the high I get after demolishing a slice of cheesecake or even just a whole bar of dark chocolate. I’ve reduced my sugar intake a lot over the past couple of years but it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to cut off completely. At some point in my day I need me some sugar or I just can’t deal with the day. I can reduce my intake but I can’t totally cut off from sugar.

BINGE WATCHING CONTENT

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I need to have something constantly playing even if it is just as background music while I go about doing my work. I have gotten into this habit of leaving a show on to just drown out my thoughts with the incessant noises of a show I’ve already enjoyed watching. I also am addicted to a few youtubers and end up binge watching their content from time to time. I NEED content, I just can’t do without Netflix and Youtube and Prime Video and Disney+ and…more content!


CAFFEINE

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If you approach me to talk to me before I’ve had my cuppa coffee – God help you! I am a demon who is only able to reign in their terror with the help of caffeine! I literally cannot function without coffee – adulting is hard enough but doing it without coffee is impossible. Literally the only good thing about being an adult is that you can have coffee and cake whenever you want. Again, I have managed my addiction a lot and I am usually able to function on just 1 cup of coffee in the morning but I need that 1 cup for sure.

OVERTHINKING

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Where is my overthinker gang at? No matter how hard I try to stay away from getting lost in the spiral of my thoughts – there are still nights when I stay up till 5AM with my mind spinning tales that I can’t control. Overthinking is definitely an unconscious addiction but it is a habit that has been SO SO hard to kick.

Do you battle any of these addictions? What are some things and habits that you battle hard to not be addicted to?

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  1. Vansh Tiwari says:

    I will definitely agree with you with the overthinking point. Whenever I get slightly from the routine work, overthinking comes into play. Rather, I try to keep myself busy or engage in some activities that help me avoid overthinking.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same! I try to keep myself busy but it’s usually at night when I’m trying to sleep that my brain goes into deep overthinking mode. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

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      1. Vansh Tiwari says:

        The opposite happens with me at night, I went into complete sleep mode as soon as I get on the bed πŸ™‚

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  2. Hahaha I was like you on fighting caffeine. I literally could not live without a cuppa coffee πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
    I then discovered that by quitting gradually and that by finding good substitutions and only drinking coffee occasionally i felt much healthier and happier.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Ooh, do share your recommendations for what you’ve replaced coffee with!

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  3. I’m with you on three of those four. Luckily, I’ve always managed to exercise with binge watching TV shows. But yeah, a slave to the rest!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Cheers on the other three! I think my binge watching has worsened in this past year because of being home a lot more. πŸ™ˆ

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  4. Nehal Jain says:

    The first one aaaaaah. I eat too may sweets for it to be good 😍🀀😳. And the last one 😩.
    Amazing post, Di. As always 😁

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Sameee! Sugar is the best! The number of chocolates I’ve consumed in the last two weeks of lockdown only is SO much. πŸ™ˆ
      Thanks, Nehal! πŸ€—β€οΈ

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      1. Nehal Jain says:

        I haven’t had chocolates since a long time coz the market is closed due to lockdown 😭

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  5. Pavithra says:

    I could relate to everything you said 😭❀️
    Seems like I’m addictive to so many things!!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Hahaha – these things are so addictive, what to do? 🀷🀣

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  6. Lani says:

    What an honest post. There was a time when sugar was getting a really bad name, being blamed for everything, but now I’m not so sure. Maybe you’re a hummingbird and need the sugar to function πŸ˜›

    Salt’s my sugar. Thinned out blood is good blood, right?

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I think it’s the dentist appointments that scare me off sugar. 🀣

      Ah, salt- it’s funny how they scare you off everything and then they discover some deficiency. πŸ€·πŸ™ˆ

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      1. So true…nothing worse than the dentist

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  7. Kritika says:

    A limited amount of everything is joy. It is all about time when you would want to change it you will change it. Lately I had been addicted to K dramas to an extent that sleep was nowhere in my schedule. Was hard to fight yet I did and now no more of Ks and dramas. πŸ˜€

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Oooh K dramas! Hyun Bin! 😍 Crash Landing is the only K drama I’ve seen.

      Wow – that’s amazing! I think I’ve controlled most of these addictions but saying bye to them completely is not happening soon.

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      1. Kritika says:

        That is great that you have control over them. Otherwise its trouble. I am off K dramas now. Purely Asian cliche story line. Just some were different and touching.

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  8. vaniheart says:

    No, I don’t battle any of these addictions, we are almost in relationship and that’s for sure.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Hahahaha! Hi5, sister!!!! 🀣🀣

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  9. Hell yeah to sugar and overthinking XD. Great post!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you!! πŸ€—

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  10. bosssybabe says:

    Overthinker gang here βœ‹… I have such an addictive personality… Soon as I find something that is good /works /benefits me /makes me feel good. I’m HOOKED! This isn’t great bc I’m addicted to coffee (expensive), junk food (weight issues), youtube (can be a time killer)!

    But at least we’re being self-reflective and hopefully that means change is on the horizon πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same!!!! And there are so many things that can become addictive so fast like social media. I spent 4 hours on IG yesterday! πŸ™ˆπŸ€¦πŸ₯Ί

      True – as long as we’re aware of our habits and working towards changing them.

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  11. Sugar of course yes πŸ’― NEEEEDDDDD xo

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Food love is true love. 🀣

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  12. Ella says:

    I’m trying to trade my morning coffee for green tea but still need a bit of coffee before doing anything else. Its so difficult once your body gets used to it…

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I’ve tried that too but by mid-day my body would crave for coffee so bad that I’d just give in. πŸ™ˆπŸ€·
      I indulge in one cup of coffee these days and then avoid it for the rest of the day.

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  13. Chalkout says:

    Caffeine is a drug we all need! ❀️❀️

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      It is. Caffeine makes adulting bearable. 🀷

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      1. Chalkout says:

        Absolutely πŸ˜…πŸ˜Š

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  14. Binge watching definitely ….haha..good postt!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Binge watching has kept me sane through the last year of madness!!! 🀣

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  15. Alex Bridges says:

    It’s the coffee and overthinking for me, for sure! Awesome post!

    Alex | http://www.alexinasheville.com

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I think coffee and overthinking go hand in hand for me. Too much coffee especially late in the evening triggers my overthinking! πŸ™ˆ

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  16. I can relate with you on the binge watching content. I can’t even tell you the amount of time I have wasted on Netflix and prime.🀣I may not be addicted to caffeine but I am a hardcore tea lover and can’t go without it for a single especially during exams.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same! I’m amazed at how much content I consume in a day!! πŸ™ˆπŸ€·

      Ooh I’ve tried replacing coffee with tea but it doesn’t work for me. It’s quite surprising cause my entire family are tea addicts and I’m the only coffee drinker.

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  17. akshita1776 says:

    I’d add reading to the list!!
    And over thinking is a habit

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I contemplated adding reading but considering I spend more time binge watching, I skipped it. πŸ™ˆ

      Overthinking is a difficult habit to get over. πŸ€·πŸ™ˆ

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      1. akshita1776 says:

        Oh good
        Yes, every night same episode of me making a mountain of things which are actually as small as an ant. That’s why I read at night to give my over thinking brain a rest

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  18. I was not expecting overthinking to be here, but it’s definitely an addiction in a way. It’s a bad habit that can have a negative effect on one’s life. I overthink a lot and it’s also a huge time-waster for me.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same. I especially hate it when I start overthinking right before bed time. Then I spend hours tossing on my bed unable to switch my mind off. 🀦

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  19. Katie says:

    I overthink everything. Such a burden, and so hard to break the habit.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same. It’s such a difficult habit to break out of. I try not to for a few days but eventually give up and have a mini-melt down. πŸ™ˆπŸ€·

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      1. Katie says:

        Same! It’s like I can’t go more than a week without reverting to the old habit, or I get really bad anxiety and wonder what I’m missing or what ball I’m dropping. But I keep trying. I’ve found that planners and to-do lists help, but I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those fortunate few who can just go with the flow.

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  20. Shahrin says:

    Sugar and overthinking -god help me. I love cheesecake, I tell myself I will not eat that today but no -I come back to the same thing again and again.

    I guess a sugar makes you wiser. Well that’s what I tell myself!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Cheesecake is love. Like I literally can’t imagine my life being good if I cut cheesecake out of it. πŸ™ˆπŸ€·

      Hehe I hope sugar makes wiser – cause I’m definitely one of the wisest people around then. 🀣

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  21. You have so rightly pointed out the addictions. Binge watch and overthinking is the one for me.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Netflix had gotten us all addicted to binge watching!!!! πŸ™ˆπŸ€·

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  22. I am with you with the sugar. Please send help. Haha.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Sugar is love. Sugar makes me feel so good and happy. It’s hard to cut off from it. πŸ₯Ί

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  23. None of us can actually live without these.
    I’ve got addicted to coffee that I feel something bad
    But I don’t watch series rather movie πŸ˜‚
    Feel free to recommend me good movies 😌❀️

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Hehe I used to drink 8 cups of coffee a day and now I’m down to one cup a day – so I feel like it’s not too bad to be addicted to one cup. Controlled addiction is fine no?

      I’m the total opposite – I don’t watch movies at all. They are too long for me to sit and watch in one go. πŸ™ˆπŸ€£

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  24. Megan says:

    Overthinker here, those 3 am thoughts are always there and it’s so hard to stop. And I am absolutely addicted to caffeine πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ i just love coffee and now I can’t go a day with out it. Horrible, I know. I’ve been trying to drink matcha a couple days a week so I have a better come down from the caffeine.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      3AM thoughts are the worse!! πŸ™ˆ

      How’s that going? I’ve wanted to try replacing coffee with some alternate too but nothing as worked till now.

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      1. Megan says:

        It’s going well! I would say it’s an either you love it or you hate it drink but, the come down off the caffeine isn’t as drastic as coffee.

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  25. https://tamarakulish.com/ says:

    I totally get these addictions, they control us as much as any other kind! I’ve been working on mine over the years and feel I’ve gotten a few successes.

    I used to be so addicted to sugar that I continuously sucked on a hard candy. Then I heard that we can crave sugar if we’re low in some nutrients (I forget exactly what now, but I think it’s Googleable.) I heard that eating some protein helps with low blood sugar, so I make sure I eat some when I’m feeling lightheaded. I’ve been paying attention to taking supplements to support my immune system and when I take my B-complex, C and fish oil capsules I feel better and have way less cravings!

    Coffee? Both my daughter and I were coffee fiends in the am but sometime during the pandemic we lost our need for it. We switched to tea. I’ve discovered that adding 1/4-1/2 tsp of ginger powder and matcha to my tea instead of milk helps my digestion and the ginger is helping my joints as it’s an anti-inflammatory.

    Overthinking? I’ve been working on positive affirmations during the day to help calm my mind and having been very anxious before this has helped. I also take 3 15mg CBD capsules with melatonin before bed and that’s been helping me fall asleep and it helps calm the mind and restless legs! Plus I take a couple of other herbal capsules to help the legs.

    I’ve felt very empowered to be able to tackle and be handling these issues which were consuming me before (and were another thing I’d beat myself up over!)

    Blessings!
    Tamara

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  26. Silver Stone says:

    I’m a certified coffee lover, Netflix binge watcher and a chocoholic. Oh, and count me in for the overthinking squad as well πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    100% agreed on the cheesecake thing as well……..I guess we’re all suckers for it πŸ˜‹

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Hahaha! I’m glad you agree with it all! Cheers!! Cheesecake love is true love. ❀️

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  27. Juliette says:

    Compltely agree with you on sugar and overthinking! I can’t possibly go a day without sugar, I just miss it so much! Overthinking is definitely harder to fight as it is unconscious (and I don’t *want* it like I want a piece of chocolate at the end of every meal for instance)! I find that I am quite good with Netflix and other shows though, as I am really not a binge-watcher! 😊

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  28. You’ve written about me to the tee. Speaking of β€œtea”, I’ve found that to be a great coffee replacement. Love your blog!

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