When healthy habits go wrong

With us all spending extra time at home, it’s important to keep our healthy habits and routines in place. However, when these habits are done in excess, they may do you more harm than good.

It’s great to be passionate about the work you do, but if it’s encroaching on your personal or family time, it may be damaging your relationships. One problem with working from home is that it is easy for ‘office time’ and ‘home time’ to blend together, meaning you’re not fully present in either. Try to establish boundaries and stick to designated timeframes.

Overdoing it when you work out can damage your muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and heart. Over-exercising can speed up bone loss, which leads to osteoporosis. It’s best to work up to exercises such as running long distances or lifting heavy weights. If your exercise regime is poorly affecting your sleep schedule, mood, eating or concentration, then it’s time to reduce the frequency and intensity of workouts.

If you take a selection of vitamins ‘just to be sure’, you could be harming yourself. Too much vitamin A can cause vision problems, and too much iron can cause vomiting and nausea. Consuming too much vitamin C can cause stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhoea. Vitamin K and E can cause bleeding tissue, and excessive vitamin D can cause muscle weakness and heart problems. Only take vitamins if you know your body is deficient or a doctor has recommended them.

While sex can be great for you mental and physical health, focusing too much on it can negatively impact your relationships and daily life. If your focus on sex is beginning to interfere with your life, it may be worthwhile seeing a doctor, as it may stem from a number of medical or social problems.

If bacteria are exposed to antibiotics too frequently, they can change and become resistant. Antibiotics should only be used when prescribed by a doctor. When you are prescribed antibiotics, make sure you finish the script. Also, if you stop taking them early because you are feeling better, some bacteria may be left behind and have a chance to become antibiotic resistant.

Saying yes
It can be good to help out your family and friends, and even go out of your way for them. But it’s easy to agree to do or give too much. Don’t put yourself out in order to please someone else or to keep the peace, it’s okay to say no. 

Washing your hands
Keeping your hands clean is an essential part of keeping yourself and your community healthy. However, over washing your hands can dry out your skin, creating cracks and crevices in which germs can cluster and grow.

Smartphones and computers are wonderful tools for research, entertainment and communication, but if you’re spending too much time looking at a screen it can be bad for your mood, sleep and brain chemistry. It’s good to set some tech-free time aside, leaving your devices in another room and focusing your energy on tasks and activities.

While everyone loves to sleep in, overdoing it can actually harm your body. Not only does sleeping more than eight hours every night increase problems with blood sugar, weight and concentration, it also increases your risk of dying from heart problems by 34 per cent. It’s best to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

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Written by Liv Gardiner


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