Our lives are full of innocent habits that come almost naturally to us.
You almost don’t think twice when ordering that favourite meal or drink. On the other hand, some of us are keenly aware of some really bad habits that can affect our health. Like smoking, drinking too much, or eating junk. Well, you also need to be cognizant of seemingly innocent habits that can have grave consequences on your health.
If you are trying to be healthier and failing somewhat, you need to review your day-to-day activities. You need to take a good hard look at what you might be unconsciously doing. In other words, ingrained habits that you never thought were unhealthy. Once that reality hits home, you can take the right steps to better health.
How much time do you spend behind your PC? Yes, you have deliverables that demand sitting on your desk the whole day. That is never good for you, it’s a silent predisposition to cardio-metabolic diseases, among other ailments. The more hours you spend on a working desk, the more years you inevitably shave off from your life expectancy. You need to be standing so often, walking around the work place, and taking breaks to savor in some fresh air outdoors.
How often do you eat at your working desk? This may be a good way to multi-task, but it’s also the surest way to ingest lots of micro-organisms. Studies have shown keyboards and office surfaces contain over 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat.
Would you ever consider eating your sandwich whilst working on a toilet top? Get off your desk, wash hands and eat proper. You will stay away from potentially lethal ailments.
You must be wary of your phone.
You are unwittingly transferring organisms from everything you touch to your phone’s touchscreen or keypad. This then constantly rubs off your chin and cheek, sometimes getting into very close contact with your mouth.
This is a recipe for common viral and bacterial infections, affecting your skin, throat or even deeper organs. Clean your phone ever so often, and handle it with clean hands every time. Am sure you have your TV moments. You may even have a favourite spot to sit, and some handy drinks and snacks to see you through several hours of TV time.
This is a habit you must tame. Some studies show every hour of watching TV takes away about 22 minutes of your life, escalating downwards to a premature death 5 years earlier. All this due to long hours of inactivity and related bad habits, with lethal health consequences.
There are other habits like wearing tight pants, sleeping on your face and being overly pessimistic. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a habit is unhealthy, but critically reviewing your established habits can unearth some nasty surprises.