Bad Health Habits to Avoid

Everyone is very busy in this day and age, especially women. It can be difficult to stay on top of your health all of the time, and very easy to slip on taking care of your health without even realizing it. We all have bad habits that get worse with the stress and hassle of everyday life. Don’t wait until you get sick to start taking care of your health! Here’s a list of common bad habits and how to avoid them for better health!  

Smoking  

Smoking can cause many negative side effects to your health and environment. Some effects might seem more superficial, like a dull smile. Other effects can seriously impact your health. Smoking makes it harder to breath, and can increase your chances of developing many different diseases. Second-hand smoke can also affect the people and pets around you. For more information about the dangers of smoking and for ways to help you quit, visit WebMD’s page for women wanting to give up smoking

Drinking Alcohol to excess  

A cocktail at a party can be the perfect way to start a girls night, and lots of people have fun pairing wine and food to make a meal taste even better! But did you know that lots of women are drinking excess these days without even realizing it? Lots of people know the risks of overdoing it, but it’s possible to drink too much too often without developing an addiction or dependence. This is on the rise in America, especially in young women ages 26-35. You might be among them and not even know it. Even if you don’t form a dependence on alcohol, you could still be damaging your health and increasing your likelihood of developing certain types fo cancer or heart disease. Being more thoughtful with how much we drink and how often could benefit us all.  

Not Taking Proper Care of Your Skin  

We are all guilty of not giving our skin the TLC it needs. Do you sleep in your makeup? Forego the sunscreen? You may be seriously neglecting your skin! Aside from the beauty benefits, there are a lot of health benefits as well! When you apply a sunscreen, you lower your chance for skin damage and even some cancers like melanoma. Keeping your face clean and moisturized at night is also a boost to your immune system. Plus, a nice facemask is a great way to relax and unwind to lower the effects of stress. Taking care of yourself goes a long way for health and beauty too!   

Not Drinking Enough Water  

If you have constant headaches throughout the day, or find yourself groggy mid-afternoon, you may be dehydrated. With something as simple as drinking more water throughout your day, you could be more on top of things and even feel better. If you don’t like to drink just plain water, then don’t worry! You can also drink tea or milk. Prefer to get your hydration through foods? Frozen berries are perfect for the summertime, and a hearty bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a surprising way to reach your water goals. 

Not dealing with stress  

Stress kills! Heachaes, digestive problems, and even heart attacks can come from unmanaged stress. It is vitally important to take care of yourself, but sometimes life can get out of hand and run away from us. For those reasons, it’s important to have something specific that you can rely on in times of stress, whether it’s meditation, drawing, resting, or talking it out. Making art or working with your hands can be a good way to de-stress, and it feels good to improve a little each day and have something to show for it! 

Not staying up to date with your health 

We’ve all heard that it’s important to get our flu shot, and we’ve also heard the concerns that for some years the flu shot isn’t as effective as it is others. The fact is, there are many different diseases that we group up under the name “flu” and just because a shot is effective in protecting you against one doesn’t mean it will keep you from catching something else. Although no one expects to die from the flu, these diseases kill people every year, many of them very young or very old, and for that reason alone it’s important to keep yourself properly innoculated against common diseases. When you have a vaccine, you’re not only protecting yourself, but the people around you like infants that can’t get shots yet. If fewer people are catching the flu, then fewer people are spreading the flu as well, and that keeps everyone safer and healthier.  

Touching Your Face and Mouth  

Our hands are the way we pick up and touch the world, and for that reason they come into contact with a lot of dirt and gross germs throughout the day. One of the reasons we wash our hands after using the restroom and before we cook or eat a meal is to make sure that we’re not carrying the germs with us and getting ourselves or other people sick. Additionally, touching your face can cause acne or excess oil buildup. Also, lots of people bite their nails, and can get themselves very sick because of that. Washing your hands regularly can prevent so much sickness and promote health and cleanliness. Don’t just get your hands wet after the bathroom, and don’t assume that hand sanitizer can solve the issue! Soap your hands up and wash the dirt away with warm water whenever you have the chance, but especially before meals!  

Self-care is important now more than ever, and prioritizing your health is a must, especially if you are busy!