We all have a few bad habits that we are ashamed of … but some of them can actually be good for us. Here are 10 of these “so-called” bad habits that can have a positive impact on your health.
You might just be surprised.
Everyone loves to have a nap, but as you can expect, nappers are often labeled as lazy.
However, catching up with sleep is actually extremely important, and if you haven’t gotten your seven hours of sleep, then a nap is the perfect way to catch up.
Did you know that sleep deprivation can affect your memory, mental alertness and mood? And long term lack of sleep can lead to serious health issues.
So ignore the criticism, and have a nap when you need one.
2. Chewing gum
Parents and teachers have always taught us that smacking our mouths together while chewing gum is a bad habit. But doctors have found that chewing gum before a task can increase blood oxygen levels in brain structures involved in learning and memory. They also found chewing boosts thinking and alertness and reaction times up to 10 per cent than non-chewers.
3. Playing video games
Video games are often seen as anti-social, addictive and a complete waste of time …however, there are some benefits. Studies show that children with cancer who play video games after chemotherapy actually take less pain-killing medication. It’s also reported that video games actually help with hand-eye coordination and reaction times, so feel free to play a game or two.
4. Picking your nose and eating it
Another bad habit which parents over the years have insisted is a dirty, is picking your nose. However, a lung specialist in 2008, claimed that picking your nose and eating it is good for you. Eating your own snot can actually held build your immune system up … so keep on pickin’ people.
Potty mouths are never appreciated, and it’s generally agreed that swearing is a bad habit. However, doctors have found that swearing can be an effective form of pain relief. Studies showed that individuals who swore while putting their hand in an ice bucket lasted 50 per cent longer than those who didn’t. Next time you stub your toe or step on a lego block, don’t be afraid to let it all out.
Daydreaming is often seen as a waste of time and is associated with laziness and procrastination. However, scientific research has found that the areas of our brain used while we daydream are the same as complex problem solving, so daydream away.
7. Drinking coffee
Coffee is the rescuer of many people’s mornings but it’s also regarded as extremely unhealthy. However, studies have found that coffee is actually full of antioxidants and that chemicals found in coffee have been known aid to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, and liver cancer.
8. Biting your nails
Biting your nails has always been viewed as a dirty habit because everyone knows your hands are covered in germs. But, doctors have found that biting your nails can actually build up immunities, which is actually a good thing.
While it may annoy other people, fidgeting can actually burn up to 350 calories a day. Fidgeting speeds up an individual’s metabolism by stimulating neurochemicals, which increases the ability to convert body fat into energy. So, keep on foot tapping, doodling or spinning on your chair because you’re actively burning calories.
10. Skipping a shower
This is definitely one for moderation – skipping showers every day for a month isn’t advised. But research has found that missing an occasional shower can be good for you, as washing too frequently can strip your skin of good bacteria. Your natural oils keep your skin supple and hydrated and can prevent disease, so don’t be afraid skip a shower every now and then.