There are some habits we know are obviously bad for our health such as smoking. But some are more subtle and look so harmless that you may have never suspected that they can affect your health.
You may be doing some of these habits on a daily basis without realizing how badly they can affect your health. Yet, they can affect you both mentally and physically. See if you do any of these 7 habits below.
Preventing Yourself From Sneezing
When you prevent yourself from sneezing by closing your mouth and pinching your nose, you put pressure on the blood vessels in your head. This can lead to headaches, damage to the blood vessels, and even hearing problems. When next you feel like sneezing, don’t hesitate to let it out. Remember, your health is at stake here.
Overthinking About Stressful Events
It is very normal to think about some of the events of the past that were not so pleasant. But doing this too often can have a negative effect on one’s health in the long run. A 2017 study showed that constantly focusing on one’s distress instead of thinking of ways to solve it can lead to an increase in depressive symptoms. On the other hand, reducing the amount of time spent in thinking on an unpleasant event can lessen depressive symptoms. So, instead of constantly thinking about unpleasant events, try to spend your time on productive things instead as this will help boost your mental health.
Staying Up Late
Due to work and other activities, some people have the tendency to stay up later than they should. If you fall into this category, then it is important that you change your sleeping habits.Several studies show that people who stay up late into the night make poorer health decisions in the day. They are less likely to engage in exercise and eat at the right time. So try as much as possible to adjust your sleeping time in order to make healthier decisions for yourself throughout the day.
Whether you’re trying to lose some weight or rushing for work, skipping a meal can be detrimental to your health in the long run. It can potentially lead to metabolic changes in your body, increasing the risk for diseases like diabetes.
Brushing Right After Eating
Dentists often advice that you should brush your teeth 30 minutes or an hour after eating. This is because acidic food and drinks have can affect the enamel of your teeth. When you brush right after eating, you push the acid closer to the enamel and this can lead to its damage. Try to brush your teeth not less than 30 minutes after eating to avoid this from happening.
Sitting Too Much
If you have an office job, then there is a good chance you spend a lot of the time sitting down. This can potentially lead to several kinds of health issues. Prolong sitting has been linked to diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A study also shows that sitting for too long can increase the risk of depression. If you find yourself sitting everyday, try to take short 10 minutes breaks to move about. Also engage in some for of physical activity each day to keep your body and mind in healthy condition.
Eating When You’re Not Hungry
People may eat when they are not hungry when they are at a party, staying up at night, or just indulging. Whatever the case may be, engaging in this habit can cause one to gain weight and eventually lead to health problems such as Type 2 diabetes high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, certain types of cancers, Kidney disease, and more.
Now that you’ve had a look at these habits! Which ones have you been doing? And what can you do to stop doing them? Tell us in the comment section below.