There are daily health habits we all have incorporated into our everyday life. You probably brush your teeth every day and try to eat healthy food, but just as the right habits will make you healthier, the wrong habits can ruin your health.
The problem is, chances are you dont even know those things you do that are unhealthy. Here are a number of things you may be doing that is ruining your health.
Using plastic containers
If you are one of those diligent people tgat plan their meals ahead of time, you may be indulging in an unhealthy habit. While meal planning will help you stay healthy by not eating out as much, the containers you’re using for food storage may have the opposite effect.
Meal prepping is popular right now and is known to help with portion control. However, most people don’t realize that the plastic containers they are storing their food in can actually affect their health negatively.
This is because, many of these containers may contain BPA, a chemical that can actually interfere with weight loss because it makes it harder for you to feel full. It is best if you are doing meal prep, to double check if the container is BPA-free.
Being too strict with your health plan
While it’s important to take care of your health, being too strict with your health plan can have negative consequences. It is best you give room for a little flexibility.
Choose the times you’ll deviate from your diet plan ahead of time, to help you avoid self-judgment. Know that your mindset is important; don’t eat your cupcake with guilt. Instead, top it off with a little joy and move on the next day.
Just as negatively judging your body will take a toll on your health, waking up with negative thoughts on your mind is also detrimental.
Waking up with negative thoughts can actually make your day more challenging than it has to be. Your mindset is an important factor in how well you will respond to the situations that you face. Instead, try an attitude of being grateful first thing in the morning. In the morning, list three things that you are grateful for and three things you will accomplish that day.
Gratitude will help you start your day in an appreciative mood and will also give you a leg up in handling issues that come up later in the day
Whether it’s a sugar-laden latte in the morning or a pick-me-up soda in the afternoon, if you spend your day drinking calorie-filled beverages, you could be elevating your glucose levels, which leads to negative health impacts.
Doing this can lead to excessive caloric intake and high glucose levels in the blood. These conditions increase the risk of becoming overweight and developing diseases such as diabetes. Instead of sugary drinks, reach for the black coffee and infused water.
Getting Into Bed With Your Electronic Devices
Do you read the news on your iPad and then play on your phone before you go to sleep? You are not alone. But unfortunately, having electronics in your bed isn’t the recipe for a restful night.
The melatonin hormone regulates our sleep, but bright lights can decrease our levels of melatonin, which in turn can result in having trouble sleeping.
Sleepless nights aren’t just annoying, either. They can cause other health problems. Poor sleep can lead to many health issues such as decreased concentration, impaired immunity, and heart conditions.
Try to avoid electronics and bright lights prior to bedtime. Instead, take a warm bath, read a book, or listen to music to help you wind down.
Just as electronics in bed is one of the bad habits to avoid, so is skipping sleep. In fact, losing sleep has a negative impact on your entire body. A lack of sleep can trigger the release of the stress hormone cortisol. It can also prevent our brains from getting the rest and repair they need and can disrupt other systems in our body.
Instead of skipping sleep, plan for seven to nine hours of sleep. For most of us, that means we will have to pick a bedtime based on the time we need to get up. If for example, you need to get up at 6 a.m., and you want to get eight hours of sleep, you will need to be asleep by 10 p.m. Plan your bedtime and give yourself time to wind down.
Looking down at your phone
The truth is you probably spend more time looking at your phone than pretty much anything else. But did you know that the way you hold your phone can have an impact your health?
A lot of us hold our phones down, near our chests or in our laps, and then tilt our heads forward to look at the screen. This can put a lot of added pressure on your neck.
The neck muscles are most relaxed and efficient when your head is aligned over your shoulders. When you tilt your head forward and look down, the neck has to hold on to all of the weight and that adds extra pressure and stress.
Instead of looking down at your phone to scroll on Facebook and Instagram, hold it up at eye level. “If your arm gets tired, it is time to put it down and do another activity.