Bad habits that are actually good for you!

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Let’s just face the fact – we all have some bad habits that we are going to quit on next Monday… But you can always find something positive in things that look not that good from the first sight! So, take a look at some things that are actually not that harmful for you!

Consuming coffee

I feel like this one is very relevant to most of us…  Of course, drinking too much coffee can be harmful to your health, in smaller quantities the hot drink can actually be good for you. When you drink not more than three cups per day, the caffeine can speed up your metabolism, boost exercise endurance and reduce the risk of kidney stones. A study by the Harvard Medical School has also found that women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are 15 percent less likely to be depressed, while separate research has shown that drinking three cups cuts risk of age-related diabetes. Chemicals contained in coffee have been shown to fight Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes and liver cancer, as well as improve memory. So, you don’t have to feel bad about liking coffee so much anymore! If you want to know more about coffee, read here!

Gossiping from time to time

I think we just have to be realistic right now, most of us love a good gossip sometimes. Whether it’s just giggling about some course-mate’s new romance or sharing an opinion about someone’s outfit choice or behavior. But the good news is that gossiping could actually be good for us. Not only does listening to gossip help us to learn more about the people around us, bonding and having a laugh with your peers also releases feel-good hormones which help to relieve stress and anxiety!

Fidgeting

School teachers hate it, your friends hate it, yet research suggests that fidgeting may not be such a bad thing – at least in us, adults. Research tells that fidgeting can burn up to 350 extra calories a day and can increase your metabolism! So it helps us to keep those extra kilos off! To further increase your calorie burn, try to add some incidental exercise, such as getting up to change the channel rather than using the remote control.

Swearing

Well, swearing is not a habit showing how sophisticated you are, but studies suggest that in certain situations it may actually be good for you! According to a study by the University of East Anglia, swearing at your workplace could help to cope with stress and maintain solidarity with others! Meanwhile, researchers at Keele University’s School of Psychology found that swearing can provide effective short-term relief from pain. However, the study also notes that swearing should be reserved for crises only, because the higher the daily swearing frequency was for participants, the less pain relief they experienced.

Skipping a shower

Okay, so repeatedly missing showers may not win you any friends, but if you are ever tempted to skip a shower here and there, research suggests that you could be doing your health (and the environment) a favor! Daily washing not only strips your skin off the natural oils that keep it hydrated and elastic, it could also strip your skin off good bacteria that help to prevent disease. If you do decide to skip a shower, just try to do it on a day when you won’t be heavily working out!

Sleeping more

Feeling guilty about your weekend lie-in? Don’t be! Research has found that sleep can help you live longer, boost your memory and reduce stress, while not getting enough can lead to accidents, weight gain and increased risk of heart disease! What’s more, delaying your morning workout to have some shut-eye time may have health benefits. Research from Brunel University found that heavy training sessions early in the morning can compromise the immune system! Waking up according to when your circadian rhythms tell you it is time to wake up — rather than when your alarm goes off — may keep your metabolism up as well. We’re a nation of under-sleepers and those who look like they’re oversleeping may just be getting an adequate amount of sleep! They may also avoid some problems that trouble the chronically under-slept, like overeating junk food — people who under-sleep are more likely to eat larger portions of less nutritious foods.

Giving in to your cravings

Although constantly giving into junk food cravings is not a good idea, allowing yourself a rare treat will not only boost your happiness, it will also help you keep motivated to stay on track! As many people crave the foods that they most attempt to resist, allowing yourself a little of what you fancy can actually help to reduce the cravings. If you have extreme restrictions on your diet and cut out entire food groups, cravings could also be a sign of a nutrient deficiency in your diet.

Daydreaming

We would usually assume that daydreaming is a sign of laziness or form of procrastination, however, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that letting your mind wander can actually help boost your problem-solving abilities! This study found that when participants minds wandered, the parts of their brain associated with problem-solving became more active than when focused on routine tasks. So, while daydreaming increases the time it takes to complete your present task, it also allows you to unconsciously sort through other important problems in your life! No feeling guilty about daydreaming anymore!

Chewing gum

Chewing gum helps us focus. It has been proven to be a better study and test-taking aid than caffeine and a recent study at St. Louis University found that those who were given gum to chew outperformed their gum-free peers on a set of cognitive tests. That was probably because chewing gum before a task can increase blood oxygen levels in brain structures involved in learning and memory. Also, chewing boosts thinking, alertness and reaction times up to 10 per cent in comparison with the non-chewers.

I guess now not only I feel better about my bothersome habits, but you might feel the sweet relief as well! So, don’t worry about what others might think and don’t be that harsh on yourself once in a while!

By Laisvyda Andrejevaité 

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