There is some sort of collective bad habits that you’re not the only one who’s guilty of. It should be noted that, unlike popular belief, 21 days is not enough for a habit to be established.
According to researchers from the University College in London, it takes an average of 66 days to turn an action into something that you do without thinking about it, aka habit.
However, quitting an already well-shaped and engraved habit could take much longer than 2 months. The most important thing is to know which of your habits are healthy and which are risky. To get started, leave these 9 very bad habits in the past and adopt healthier ones.
#1 – Don’t place your feet up on the dashboard
Sitting in the front seat of the car with your feet up on the dashboard might be very comfortable and can make you look cool. But, in fact, it’s an extremely risky position. First of all, this is one of the most horrible positions to be sitting in during a car accident, and second is a lesser danger, which is braking.
If the car suddenly stops while you’re in this ‘cool’ position, your face will hit your knees, and the collision might cause bone fractures as well as a terribly long and painful recovery period. So, it’s best to sit just normally with your seatbelt on.
#2 – Don’t gather the shower curtain to one side and don’t hang wet towels on hooks
I guess that everyone does this one without ever giving it a second thought! After showering, you open up the shower curtain, dry off, and hang your wet towel on a hook. Sorry to tell you this, but this is a very unsanitary habit since mold can easily grow between the folds of the shower curtain while bacteria can thrive in the wet wrinkles of the towel.
Therefore, you should always make sure to stretch out your shower curtain until it dries completely and let your any wet towel dry unfolded.
#3 – Never drink coffee on an empty stomach
Do start your day by having a cup of coffee? If yes, you need to quit this habit and fill up your tummy before passionately gulping your coffee. The problem is not the coffee itself, the real problem is how you drink it.
For instance, drinking coffee on an empty stomach can cause digestion problems and heartburn. Let me explain, when you think about yummy food and feel hungry, your stomach begins producing gastric acid.
Drinking coffee has the same exact impact on the stomach, except that it doesn’t receive any solid food afterward. As a result, an excessive amount of gastric acid will be released, which might harm the stomach lining. So remember to have your breakfast first!
#4 – Don’t eat popcorn
A large bucket of salty and tasty popcorn is just the right way to enjoy a movie or your favorite series. But this long-standing tradition turns out to be a very harmful habit. Fortunately, you can easily quit it.
According to some dentists, your teeth can be damaged by chewing popcorn because small popcorn particles get stuck between your teeth and they’re difficult to eliminate even with regular dental care.
Not only that, movie theater popcorn is rich in fat, which means you need to avoid it. Next time, try to enjoy the movie without having to keep your mouth busy.
#5 – Don’t leave a bottle of water in the car
Almost all car owners keep at least one bottle of water inside their vehicle. While having constant access to water is vital, remember that this is an extremely risky habit, particularly during summer.
You might have never thought about this, but the problem is that if the sunlight reaches the bottle while it’s placed on a dark surface, the water inside will act as a lens, which can start a fire.
Although the chances that this will happen are very low, they still exist. So, to avoid a tragic disaster, don’t leave water bottles in the car.
#6 – Don’t pop pimples
This is a universal rule that’s usually broken: do not pop that pimple! Pimples show up on your face when a pore is clogged with too much oil, and thus the inflammation process starts. A healthy body will send white blood cells to combat harmful bacteria, making part of the skin appear red.
So when you cannot resist popping the pimple, you damage the sides of the pore, which results in more susceptibility to bacteria. Moreover, when you pop pimples with dirty hands, you risk infecting the wound.
If pimples are immensely worrying you, you should better consult a dermatologist.
#7 – Don’t take photos of everything on your phone
We constantly use our phones to capture every moment and preserve precious memories, but aren’t we taking quite too many photos than we should?
According to a study from Fairfield University, you actually miss plenty of important details while trying to capture everything on camera. In fact, when you take a picture, your entire attention is concentrated on the picture itself rather than the reality of what you’re shooting.
At the end of the day, you’ll have a memorable, beautiful photo or video yet the real impressions will be lifeless.
#8 – Don’t take vitamins with biologically active additives
You might take vitamin C to protect yourself from catching a cold or replace a professional treatment with biologically active additives (BAAs). But this is simply not true because, otherwise, several medical practices would have run out of business.
If you maintain a balanced diet, taking vitamins will be meaningless as you already get the needed nutrients from food. Unless you suffer from a vitamin deficiency, you shouldn’t take any additional vitamins.
Also, you need to be aware that biologically active additives are not medicine, meaning that they cannot treat a disease and can only help restore the balance of lacking substances.
#9 – Don’t put a charging phone under a pillow
Place your charging phone under your pillow and you might wake up to an explosion under your head. It’s well-known that a charging phone can easily get hot. Well, although the newest smartphones have improved, there are still phones with batteries that can boost the device’s temperature. This means that the phone or charger cord can catch fire.
You’re actually putting yourself at a huge risk by leaving a charging phone under your pillow.
To stay safe, never place your charging phone under the pillow.
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