Every day we make mistakes that have an impact on our health. We are aware of most of them and try to avoid them. For example, we take care of physical activity, diet, and avoid stimulants like coffee in order to not endanger ourselves unnecessarily. However, there are some that we commit automatically without realizing it.
How many of them have you done in the last hour?
1. Did you touch your face?
The danger of touching the forehead, cheeks, and mouth is often overlooked. However, in this case, these things can transmit a virus to the mouth and cause a cold sore. You may think a toilet door is the dirtiest thing in the office, but a computer keyboard, an office door handle, or a bus handle can be just as bad. When we get these things stuck in our hair, we tend to transfer them to the face and even rub them into the skin. When people are sick, they usually get worse than when they would be healthy. They also increase the risk of developing rashes, pimples, or acne on the face.
2. You haven't moved from your chair?
A sedentary lifestyle in our time is already the norm. We spend hours at a time sitting in front of a desk, often remaining motionless for long periods of time. This is reflected in our health - the risk of being overweight, problems with circulation or joints are just some of the effects of constant sitting. Even if we exercise systematically, we are not able to eliminate the effects of lack of exercise for most of the day. It's a good idea to get up from behind your desk every 30-60 minutes, even to stretch your limbs or stretch. We will achieve even better results if we go downstairs during this break or at least walk around the office.
3. Have you checked social networks?
Addiction to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is an increasingly common phenomenon. Even while working or studying, we check the news several times an hour. This causes problems with concentration or the emergence of fears of "being out of date" (the so-called FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out ). Social networking sites also increase the likelihood of relationship problems - from increasing jealousy to a greater tendency to betrayal.
4. Did you eat at your desk?
It doesn't matter if it was fruit, nuts, chocolate, or chips - the effect is the same. We eat a lot more calories than we would do if we focus only on eating. We need a long time to feel full, so we eat more and more. When eating in front of the computer, we often choose snacks that replace our normal meals. This affects weight and health.
5. Have you lost your workplace?
Chaos on the desk has a bad effect on the organization of work - we waste time finding specific things, we get nervous and stressed more. It has also been proven that we make less rational decisions more often in such situations. Researchers from the University of Minnesota tested it on a group of people who were offered a snack during work - an apple or a chocolate bar. People working in cluttered places more often reached for sweets, while people who had ordered around them made more rational choices and decided on fruit.
6. Did you ignore the need to use the bathroom?
If we want to finish the e-mail, make one more phone call, add a few last sentences to the project, we ignore the needs of our body. It is okay to temporarily hold your urine for a few minutes. The problem arises if this happens regularly. This can cause bladder and urinary problems - infections, inflammation, and even urinary incontinence.
Most of us make similar mistakes every day - stress and chasing deadlines mean that we miss such small situations. It's time to realize, however, that repeating them every day is not indifferent to your physical and mental health.