Are You Making These Health Mistakes? (Part 2)

In this post we are continuing on our journey of the health mistakes people make on a daily basis. Andiamo!

1.) Scouring the Parking Lot for the best parking space

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While scoring front row parking is always convenient, parking further away affords you more time to walk and exercise. Rather than always looking for the easy way out in the form of a space next to the front of the store, take advantage of the opportunity to move and be active.

2.) Going too hard while setting goals

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Goal setting is an important aspect of life. If you aren’t striving toward a goal, you are either moving backward or standing still, and neither are beneficial in the long-term. Whether you’re making a resolution or setting a new life goal,┬áit’s a good idea to start small. Rather than reaching for a huge unattainable goal, break it down into smaller chunks and tackle it one piece at a time. If you go about your goal setting in this way, you are far more likely to achieve success.

3.) Holding in your bodily urges

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When you got to go, you got to go. Don’t ignore your bodily urges. Repeatedly postponing your trips to the bathroom can affect your normal nerve reflexes that help you pass your stool more easily, which can lead to constipation problems.

4.) Sleeping with Your Makeup on

Despite what you might have heard, were taught, or chose to believe, you don’t need to look beautiful while you sleep. In fact, there is more to true beauty than what’s on the outside. Moreover, going to bed with your makeup on does more than stain your pillows, blankets, and sheets. Leaving your makeup on can prevent dead skin from sloughing off, dull your complexion, clog your pores, and lead to breakouts.

5.) Self-Diagnosing on the internet

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If you don’t want to have nightmares, then don’t try to self-diagnose your health conditions on the worldwide web. While it can be helpful to look up your symptoms online or uncover more detailed information about your health issues, relying on the internet could lead to unnecessary panic. On the other hand, it could potentially cause you to ignore a serious condition.

6.) Taking a hot shower

If you are like me, then this point may be a tad bit shocking. I don’t know about you, but one of the things I look forward to most during my day is a piping hot shower. While hot showers can help relieve muscle aches and pain, they can rob you of essential moisture and healthy oils.

7.) Staying glued to your smartphone

A cell phone addiction can lead to serious health conditions, such as text neck. In addition, your phone can potentially lead to serious or even fatal injury while you walk or drive. Take a break from your phone once in awhile. Trust me, the world will keep spinning.

8.) Hitting the snooze button

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If you’re a snooze button addict, those few extra winks are disrupting your sleep patterns. Not only does hitting the snooze button negatively impact your rest, but it also is linked to heart disease, cancer, and brain fog. Instead of hitting the snooze button, aim to wake up immediately after your alarm goes off.

9.) Keeping secrets

Not many people are keen on telling their doctors the whole story. However, by not divulging all the relevant information you are causing your doctor to make poor decisions, which can be harmful to your health and wellness. Remember, your doctor is on your side. Having said that, be honest and upfront with your doctor as much as possible.

10.) Going into a sugar coma

I can’t think of anyone who has a bigger sweet tooth than me (besides my dad). Unfortunately, for us sugar-lovers both artificial and natural sweeteners have been linked to serious health repercussions, such as an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. To live a life of health and wellness, stick to the recommended daily sugar intake.

11. Missing Happy Hour

I am assuming from the pictures you thought I meant the happy hour at the local watering hole; however, what I actually am suggesting is you don’t skip on opportunities to bond and build relationships with others. People who have strong social ties have a 50 percent higher chance of living longer than those who aren’t as social, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Medicine.

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