5 Bad Habits That May Be Good For You

LIFESTYLE  |  September 18, 2016
  • 3. Bad Habit: Not Being Too Fussed About Being Clean
    1 / 5 3. Bad Habit: Not Being Too Fussed About Being Clean

    Good News: Getting yourself dirty is no big deal and good for your immunity, studies have showed. Further, research by the US Food & Drug Administration have shown that antibacterial soaps and body washes are no more effective in preventing the spread of germs and infections than generic cleansers. In fact, other animal studies in the US has linked triclosan, a key ingredient in antibacterial products, with scary side effects including impaired gut and muscle function, tumour growths, and liver and kidney problems.

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  • 2. Bad Habit: Not Trimming Your Nails Regularly
    2 / 5 2. Bad Habit: Not Trimming Your Nails Regularly

    Good news: If you’re clipping your nails almost daily to keep them looking neat and clean, you could potentially cause unsightly and painful problems like ingrown nails, spoon-shaped or pincer nails, says researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Apparently, the stress from clipping can throw off your nail’s natural growth process, causing a change in shape or curvature over time that can create those common concerns. While the study did not mention how often you should trim your nails, once a week should be more than enough to keep your digits looking lovely.

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  • 1. Bad Habit: Being Too Laidback and Casual About Things
    3 / 5 1. Bad Habit: Being Too Laidback and Casual About Things

    Good news: Your friend may seem to have a dreamy Instagram-worthy life, and she may ace everything she’s ever tried, but perfection, when taken to extremes, comes at a very high price, cautions Canadian researchers. Whether expected of oneself or others, the pressure to never make a mistake could lead to severe problems like depression, eating disorders, marital tiffs, and even suicide, explains Gordon Flett, a psychology professor at York University in Canada, who’s also the Canada Research Chair in Personality and Health. He adds that while perfectionism is not officially recognised as a psychiatric disorder, extreme forms of perfectionism should be considered an illness similar to narcissism, obsessive compulsiveness, dependent-personality disorder and other personality disorders because of its links to distress and dysfunction.

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  • 4. Bad Habit: Slacking Off On Checking Your Email
    4 / 5 4. Bad Habit: Slacking Off On Checking Your Email

    Good news: Your boss probably doesn’t want you to know this, but a UK study of 2,000 employees revealed that being too diligent with checking your email could lead to excessive levels of stress and pressure. Of those surveyed, 62 per cent said they left their email programmes open all day, and almost half have set push notifications for new messages in their inbox. Those who tried clearing mail late at night or in the early morning before work were negatively impacted as well. Future Work Centre, which conducted the study, shared a few tips to help email addicts kick their habit. These included planning your day, thinking about whether checking your mail is a priority, and considering turning off email notifications, even if it’s for a few hours at a time.

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  • 5. Bad Habit: Stressing Out
    5 / 5 5. Bad Habit: Stressing Out

    Good news: While constant high levels of stress is bad, working yourself up occasionally could help you get a trimmer figure. For years, scientists have been trying to find out to spark off the precious and limited stores of brown fat in our bodies. In adults, it makes up just 50-100g of our entire weight, and according to Professor Michael E. Symonds from The School of Medicine at University of Nottingham in England, this unique fat has 300 times the capacity to generate heat than any other tissue in the body, razing calories, glucose and lipids. A study published in Experimental Physiology that Michael co-authored found that while subjects administered a math test didn’t feel particularly stressed during their task, the anticipation of being tested raised their cortisol (stress hormone) levels, spiking brown fat activity that could result in a shapelier bod over time.

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