Some habits are just ingrained in you. The problem, though, is that some of these habits are bad for your health. And you might not even realise it…
Whether unconscious habits from your personal life or misguided values from society, your lack of attention toward these health mistakes can have serious medical repercussions down the road!
Here are some common health mistakes a lot of people make without realising it. Become aware of it, and you’ll be well on your way to changing your life for the better!
You Don’t Drink Enough Water
We’re constantly hearing about the revitalising benefits of drinking water, but how many of us actually consume enough each day?
Along with being a vital resource that every living thing needs, healthy levels of water intake can help energise muscles, revitalise skin, and promote weight loss (better water than high-calorie soft drinks!). It also flushes out your kidneys and promotes regular bowel function.
In general, drinking more water makes us feel refreshed and less tired, so drink up!
You Hold Tension In Your Muscles
It’s easy not to notice when our anxiety manifests in our muscles. We often tense up and stay tense for hours after a stressful period. Over time, this can lead to bad backs, tension headaches, or even more serious conditions.
Take a moment during your daily routine to loosen up your body and release all the stored anxiety. Rolling your head in slow circles and shrugging your shoulders are two simple examples of exercises that you can do anywhere.
Those of us who work at an office or on the computer all day know how hard it is to keep from slouching. However, now is the time to make a conscious change!
Consistent bad posture can lead to a whole array of back and spine conditions, as well as gastrointestinal pains, headaches and jaw pains, bad circulation and reduced lung function.
This may go hand in hand with holding tension in your muscles, as a slouched back often will have clenched muscles in order to maintain its position.
It takes conscious effort to correct this in the beginning, and can be exhausting, but the health benefits definitely pay off in the end.
You Go To Bed Late
Although the saying that one hour of sleep before midnight is equal to two hours after is a myth, there’s some truth to this notion. Going to bed past midnight results in loss of valuable, deep, non-REM sleep.
Try shifting your schedule around to sleep and wake earlier so you maintain the same healthy number of sleep hours.
You Forget To Breathe Deeply
When we’re upset, angry or stressed we often forget our body’s most powerful control mechanism: deep breathing. Just by taking deep, long, controlled breaths we can slow our heart rate, calm our nerves, and find more clarity.
Oxygen powers everything in our body, so by increasing our oxygen flow we can give more vitality to not only our muscles and organs, but most importantly our brain, which controls all aspects of our emotions and psychology.
Next time you feel out of control, low-energy, or stressed out, try practicing some breathing exercises.
You Don’t Smile Enough
It always seems like happy people live longer, and for good reason! When we smile, our brain releases endorphins that counteract stress and make us feel more relaxed.
One of the best parts about smiling, though, is that it’s infectious. By smiling we can spread the cheer around, increasing trust and building relationships with those around us.
So even when you’re going through a tough time, try to find something to be happy about. Don’t forget to smile!
by Candice May