14 Bad Habits That Are Actually GREAT For Your Health

Scream out loud – expletives optional – or sleep in if you feel like it.

Commonly considered to be “bad” habits aren’t always bad for your health. Wake up only when a cup of coffee beckons, and don’t even think about working out.

Here are 14 forms of catharsis that can improve your well-being – even if everyone else says otherwise!

1. Reading erotica

Indulging in a few sexy stories can be mentally and – potentially physically – great for us. Naughty prose is a great and perfectly harmless way to de-stress, cheer you up and fuel your imagination. All those steamy suggestions work in the bedroom, too – because we all know how awesome making love is for cardio, endorphin-release and working body parts many of us don’t know exist.

2. It’s okay to cuss it out sometimes

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that saying any expletive out loud can make you feel better. Experts asked 64 students to put their hands in ice buckets for several minutes. One group was allowed to swear, the other had to keep quiet. The group that lasted the longest – and reportedly suffered less agony – were those sprouting profanities. No s**t.

3. Fidgeting

It’s to do with this thing called non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). Aside from eating, sleeping or doing sports, NEAT is the energy you use doing everything else. And it turns out that fidgeting – continuous but small actions – help increase NEAT, and in turn helps with losing weight and your overall health.

4. Listening to loud music

Research by the University of Manchester in Britain found that the greater the intensity of music, the more pleasure it brings. This is due to our vestibular system, which is responsible for balance, carrying vibrations with positive messages to the brain.

5. Sharing gossip

Psst! Want to know a secret? Contributing to the grapevine also helps you bond and connect with others, and makes you feel comforted that you’re part of something. Just so long as you’re not mean-spirited about it.

6. Drinking coffee

Recent Harvard research found that drinking one to three cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of prostrate cancer in men by 30 percent. In addition, a paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine also revealed that a cuppa joe may protect women from depression as it adjusts the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that affect your mood.

7. Having a rant

Suppressing negative emotions is terrible for your well-being because your body releases the hormone cortisol when you’re stressed, which has an impact on your immune system. So, having the occasional rant can actually protect your health. Just be mindful!

8. Screaming really loudly

Same thing, keeping it in is really not good for you. Researchers say that being openly angry – and yelling about it – helps to decrease the negative impact of stress on your mind and body. “Expressing your feelings is always better than seething in resentment and contempt,” say experts.

9. Being (a little) lazy

“Multi-tasking causes a huge release of cortisol and overloads your system, leaving you overwhelmed and unsatisfied because you cannot concentrate,” explain experts. “Do one thing with full attention and make sure you prioritise. You’ll be surprised at the results.”

10. Leaving it till later

If you’re delaying an activity to do something more valuable (Not just to binge on Netflix!), you’re effectively prioritising your list and boosting the time-management and creative parts of your brain. Procrastinators are usually more mindful, self-aware and better decision makers as they’re less compulsive.

11. Texting, instead of talking to your kids

We’re constantly being told we’re overusing our phones, yet a survey by Samsung Telecommunications America discovered that 53 percent of teenagers and 51 percent of parents felt that texting improved their relationship. It makes sense when you think about it – texting gives your older kids the privacy they crave yet is a way for you to connect with them.

12. Missing a workout

Resting is vital to recovery. When you’re tired and sluggish, it’s important to identify the cause and adjust your schedule accordingly – which may include avoiding the gym, having a glass of wine or enjoying some solitude. Battle on and you risk damaging muscles, wearing yourself out and losing motivation.

13. Daydreaming

While being busy seems to have become a badge of honour for many of us, stopping and letting our minds run free can boost our problem-solving abilities. So, daydreamers, you don’t lack focus, you aren’t lazy and your wool-gathering has nothing to with a lack of self-control.

14. Sleeping in

It’s the weekend and all you want is a luxurious lie-in. Do it! Research from Brunel University in the United Kingdom found that extra sleep helps you live longer, boosts your memory and reduces stress.

Originally by Jo Upcraft, SimplyHer, December 2018 / Last updated by Willaine G. Tan / Images: 123RF.com

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