The ways human beings live has drastically changed in just a couple of thousands of years. In the grand scheme of things, that not even half a percent of the amount of time we have been on earth. For most of our history, we have been hunter-gatherers and yet here we are, getting up at the exact same time every morning and going to work for 8 hours. Our lives are so routine and stressful, it’s little wonder we’re inventing new ways to relax. Not all of them have been good for us. In fact, some ways have been taken to the extreme and thus to a point where we actually have begun to harm ourselves. Could you be doing this?
In a relaxing bath
Many women find that all they want after a long hard day is to lie in a hot bath and be by themselves. The worries just tend to melt away and you can begin to mentally unwind. But too much of a good thing is anything but. Soaking too long in the bath is very bad for your skin. Water is not a lubricant and actually acts to wash away the natural oils on your skin. Hot water drums this up to eleven. If you’re in the bath for too long, your skin will wrinkle, become dry and begin to crack. You will also from dead skin around your outermost extremities such as your toes, fingers and even scalp. The maximum you should stay in the bath is for around 20 minutes. Any long and you’re harming your skin.
Binging on Netflix
Binge-watching has become a cultural phenomenon. Just a decade ago the term first burst onto the scene when Netflix offered customers a service whereby they could watch all their favorite shows back to back. It created a technological and business reform whereby customers were given complete control over their entertainment consumption. As you might expect, this has led to an epidemic of binge-watching. Staying still and watching hours and hours of shows every day is not good for your physical or mental health. A sedentary lifestyle slows down metabolization and any food you eat immediately piles on the pounds. Sitting down for a long time without stretching or walking around is bad for your posture, joints, and nerves. You’ll find that you also begin to procrastinate, forgetting your obligations. Watch your shows in moderation, don’t ‘binge’ for hours on end.
One is enough
One glass of wine a day is good for you. But one is enough. It’s easy to reach for the bottle again and again as you get used to the strength of the alcohol. Unfortunately, this can lead to dependencies which can spiral into abuse. If you feel like you’re slipping into a harmful pattern, contact a residential detox center that provides care for alcohol abuse. Their detox program will slowly clear your system, help you manage the pain and get to the root cause of your issue. Individual therapy is provided for you so you can divulge personal details in private.
If you do any of these activities too much, find others to take their place. Read a book, begin a new sport or take on a new hobby.