Eight bad habits that aren't so bad

It is already known that bad habits prevent us from achieving our goals, as well as endangering health physically and psychologically, wasting our time and energy. Bad habits should be constantly suppressed, broken and replaced with good ones. Some of the bad habits that would be the first to come your mind are smoking, alcohol, eating junk food, etc. However, there are some "bad" habits that aren't really that bad in reality, and some of them can be good sometimes.



1. Skipping breakfast - There is a common belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it provides the energy needed to overcome the day and day activities, tasks. Even research shows that breakfast is essential for improving performance, giving you energy, helping you lose weight and improve your mood. However, according to Self.com, you can skip breakfast if you want. “If you’re hungry, eat it,” pediatrics professor Aaron Carroll told Self. “But don’t feel bad if you’d rather skip it, and don’t listen to those who lecture you. Breakfast has no mystical powers.” Registered dietitian-nutritionist Karen Ansel, quoted in the same article, adds that “Some people genuinely feel sick after eating breakfast and, if that’s the case, there’s no sense in making yourself feel worse.” Instead, have a mid-morning snack or wait until lunch.


2. Getting distracted - Distraction is not imagined, it is as real as fighting it. These are constant phone calls, or notifications, or chatty co-workers. However, some research has shown that distractions are not so bad, they can even be helpful. For starters, the brain is wired to get distracted. “The brain can’t process everything in the environment,” explained Ian Fiebelkorn, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI), in an article on Wired. “It’s developed those filtering processes that allow it to focus on some information at the expense of other information.” Furthermore, “distractions can be a powerful tool for reducing the impact of painful or negative experiences,” writes Nir Eyal in Psychology Today. Eyal adds that distractions can also help control urges, such as eating fatty food and help us become more present. The key is to block them out when you’re productive but be more tolerant of distractions when you’re running out steam. Leave some blank spaces on your calendar to let your mind get distracted.


3. Sleeping or taking naps - There is also a common belief that people who sleep longer or like to sleep are lazy and lack the self-discipline. While there are those who get up early or do it because they "know" that it is healthy and important to achieve their life goals, there are those who rise only after second alarm. But we're all better off listening to our circadian rhythms. They’ll let you know when it’s time to get out of bed. It’s actually good for your metabolism, writes Gabrielle Moss on Bustle.com. There’s also been a little backlash against people who take naps. However, the Mayo Clinic says taking naps is better than being fatigued. Naps are relaxing, increase alertness and improves our mood. Napping has been shown to lead to quicker reaction time and better memory.


4. Chewing gum -

Chewing gum isn’t the classiest habit in the world but there are a number of perks to chewing gum compiled by Wisebread.com, such as:

Boosting mental performance like memory and concentration, increasing alertness, reducing stress and anxiety, helps quit smoking, improves eating habits.


5. Playing video games -There is a tendency towards video game addiction and this is harmful, not only is health increasing and time wasting, but they say that moderate video game playing is even beneficial. says Mental Floss. Research has found that video games can help people overcome dyslexia, make faster decisions, reduce stress and improve vision. Also, video games can also help ease pain, slow the aging process, help make new social and neural connections, and even encourage leadership traits.


6. Keeping your notifications on - We all know that notifications on a smartphone cause distraction and even stress. However, research shows that when the smartphone is turned off, the stress is even greater. Maybe the devil made a joke, so you have to choose from two lesser evils. Joking aside, we live in an era of information technology and modern technology, and we are so used to smart devices that when we are without them we find ourselves in a dead end, unaware of what we are doing, full of stress. The solution is to check your notifications in batches. The research shows that you should check your notifications three times only during the day, during your morning commute or when you arrive at work, after lunch and when you’re back home at night.


7. Daydreaming - “Mind wandering is typically associated with negative things like laziness or inattentiveness,” wrote Prof. Kalina Christoff of the University of British Columbia Department of Psychology and lead author of a 2009 study that “our brains are very active when we daydream, much more active than when we focus on routine tasks.”

“When you daydream, you may not be achieving your immediate goal, say reading a book or paying attention in class, but your mind may be taking that time to address more important questions in your life, such as advancing your career or personal relationships,” adds Christoff.


8. Being messy - And finally, and I have to say for me, with daydreaming it is most enjoyable to be messy. Of course it is recommended that the work environment and even the daily environment where we spend time at home should be tidy. Clutter on the desk as well as things around the floor can distract us or take our time finding what we need. However, a little mess has its advantages, according to Reader's Digest. Messy people tend to be more creative, spontaneous and flexible. Research has found that people working in cluttered environments have better ideas. Messy people also have their own unique organizational systems and don’t sweat the small stuff as often.


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