Suicide is commonly thought of as a single, tragic event, but many people on social media have suggested that I am committing slow suicide. In reality, how are my actions regarding my health any different than other seemingly innocuous actions, repeated day in and day out, that can lead to severe health consequences? Here are some of the most common ways you could be slowly killing yourself.

1. Sedentary Lifestyle

Inactivity is a silent killer. Sitting for long periods, whether at work, in front of the TV, or while scrolling through social media, can lead to various health issues. Prolonged inactivity increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Bodies are designed to move; failing to do so can significantly shorten your lifespan. I have watched both my parents wither away as they chose to quit moving.  Granted, they were/are in their eighties.  Is that an age where it’s ok to be inactive, or are they also dying too soon?

2. Poor Diet

A diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats is a recipe for disaster. These foods can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Consuming excessive amounts of fast food, sugary snacks, and sugary drinks can slowly damage our bodies from the inside out, contributing to inflammation, high blood pressure, and liver disease.  What are you eating while you judge me on IG?  I seldom eat processed foods, limit sugar intake, and enjoy a good dose of healthy fats.

3. Lack of Sleep

Sleep is essential for our bodies to repair and rejuvenate. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to numerous health problems, including weakened immune function, weight gain, memory issues, and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Yet, many people sacrifice sleep for work, social activities, or late-night screen time, slowly wearing down their health.

4. Stress

Chronic stress is a significant health hazard. When we’re constantly stressed, our bodies are in a state of heightened alert, releasing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Over time, this can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, mental health issues, and a weakened immune system. Learning to manage stress through mindfulness, exercise, and relaxation techniques is crucial for our overall health.  I love some good relaxation techniques, and mindfulness is my main squeeze.  Consider the stress of people undergoing invasive medical treatments, not only for them but for their families.

5. Smoking

Smoking is one of the most well-known ways people harm their health, yet millions continue to light up every day. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic and carcinogenic. Smoking leads to lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses. It’s a slow and painful way to deteriorate your health. My step-father died of lung cancer.  It was hard to watch, but he smoked and drank until the end, stating, “If I have to go, I’ll go doing what I like.”

6. Excessive Alcohol Consumption

While moderate alcohol consumption might have some health benefits, excessive drinking is extremely harmful. It can cause liver disease, pancreatitis, heart problems, and an increased risk of cancer. Additionally, alcohol abuse can lead to addiction, mental health issues, and a myriad of social problems. My grandfather fell off a bar stool, drunk.  He hit his head and died.  In his heart, he probably died years before that.  As the quote goes, “Some people live 90 years, and some people live one year 90 times”.

7. Ignoring Mental Health

Neglecting mental health can be as damaging as ignoring physical health. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders can lead to physical health issues and significantly impact quality of life. Seeking help, practicing self-care, and maintaining social connections are vital for mental well-being.  I have seen comments that state I have mental health issues.  I beg to differ.  I am not depressed, do not have anxiety, and enjoy a lovely quality of life.  I have a regular self-care routine and have a strong group of women I can rely on if I need to talk. 

8. Avoiding Medical Check-ups

Many people avoid regular medical check-ups due to fear, ignorance, or inconvenience. This can lead to undiagnosed and untreated health conditions. Regular screenings and doctor visits are essential for early detection and prevention of severe health issues.  I know my skeptics love this topic.  I do have regular medical check-ups.  Aside from a diagnosis of BCC, I’m in perfect health. None of the “real” doctors, including oncologists, have said I must get something done “right now.”  They just disagree with my choices.  They are doctors… that’s their job.


“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  My grandmother died at 56 of uterine cancer.  My step-father died at 56 of lung cancer.  My stepmother died at 53 after many treatments and surgeries to stop her cancer progression.  I think I understand a little about how this all works.  Most likely, 80% of the population is committing “slow suicide.”  Perhaps even you are part of the club.