All of us have little bad habits that can make us annoying to our nearest and dearest. Some of us bite our nails, others channel hop on the TV for hours at a time without finding anything to watch, and some of us walk super slowly in the street, causing the people behind us to clip our heels.
While most pet peeves are a bit of an annoyance, some can actually be detrimental to your health. Take a look at these three bad habits that you need to banish to improve your physical well being.
If you are an ear picker, the chances are that you do it without even realising it. You may find that you are watching your favourite box set on Netflix only to begin digging in your ear canal. You might find that it is a comfort or crutch, or that it might be a habit that you are struggling to break as you have been doing it since you were a child. While picking your ears may seem harmless (but pretty gross for anyone watching), you could actually be damaging your ear canal. Constant ear picking can cause impacted wax within your ear canal. You can learn more about how this can block your ear canal and affect your hearing. You may also find that you develop pain or a dull ache because an infection can develop. Stop the ear picking for tip-top hearing.
Leaving the Toilet Seat Up
This tends to be a male-dominated habit for obvious reasons, but it is crucial to put the toilet seat down before you flush. While men tend to put the toilet seat up, they tend to forget to put it down. This can result in your home becoming flooded with microscopic fecal matter particles. You may have your toothbrushes next to your basin or vanity unit, and you don’t want all sorts of bacteria and fecal matter clinging to the thing that you place in your mouth. It is not unheard of for people to catch bugs and viruses simply because people haven’t put down the toilet seat. It’s such a simple task, but it will prevent any unwanted particles from having access to your home, because they are trapped in the toilet bowl instead.
Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth is a habit that you may have without even realising it. You may do it autonomously in your sleep, meaning that you have no control over it. Grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel of the teeth in your mouth and can cause chronic jaw pain. Your jaw joint is a sensitive part of your mouth that can trap nerves very easily. You may find your jaw clicking more often, or you may have pain as you eat. Worse still, chronic toothache can develop, making it difficult to eat, drink, and function on any meaningful level. If you suspect that you grind your teeth, head to the dentist. A dentist will construct a bespoke mouth guard that you wear while you sleep to prevent the teeth grinding damage.
Bad habits aren’t just annoying, they can be bad for your health. Banish these three habits forever and enjoy a happier existence.