Ruminating about a stressful experience from your past — whether one year ago or one hour ago — isn’t great for your mental well-being.
A recent study found that thinking about an event compulsively leads to increased symptoms of depression. Rather than living in the past, commit more effort to something worthwhile—like making preparations for the future or living in the moment.
Taking your Smartphone to Bed
Truth be told, your smartphone is also pretty sneaky when it comes to your health. Screens from our phones emit blue light which can throw off our natural circadian rhythms and frustrate any attempts we make at a good nights' rest. This blue light suppresses our body’s production of melatonin, which is in charge of controlling our sleep-wake cycle.
Inadequate melatonin can induce insomnia, which causes daytime irritation and sleepiness. Cutting off screen-time at least two hours before bedtime (or even half an hour) can help. This warning also applies to TVs and tablets, which can emit blue light too.
Using a Dirty Sponge
When is the last time you switched out your dish sponge? Longer than you can even remember? According to the cleaning experts, you should only use your sponge for one month.
To keep your sponge fresh, consider popping it in the dishwasher or cleaning your dish sponge with detergent and hot water. Remember to separate your sponges for other household cleaning projects.
We might think that complaining about our lousy days to friends can help release pent-up emotions. But instead of releasing those unwanted feelings, research has proved venting is more likely to magnify our already unhappy mood.
While we may believe that letting it out can help minimize our stress, rehashing difficulties may actually be amplifying our negative emotions and holding onto negative emotions.
Washing Your Hair Every Day
Those with long locks might be washing their hair more than they need to — maybe even more than they should. In general, all hair types can benefit from being washed every other day instead of every day.
Many shampoos contain harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils and cause it to be more brittle. So, we can better preserve our natural oils by washing our hair less often.