We all want to live healthy, happy lives and most of us do whatever we can to make that happen, whether it means eating better, exercising more, or spending more time in nature.
Despite our best efforts, however, we can often find ourselves sabotaging our health without even knowing it.
There are a number of things that could be making you sick right now without you even knowing it, so let’s take a look at some of the most common ones below.
Yes, your job really can make you sick. Work related stress is at epidemic levels right now as too many of us work too hard, pushing ourselves to our limits and never taking a break, which can very quickly lead to burnout and depression, as well as weakening our immune systems so that we get sick more often.
It’s really hard when you’re young and you think you should be working as hard as possible to climb the career ladder and provide some security for yourself, but you really do need to take some time out to smell the roses now and again because if you don’t, and you do get sick, this is only going to hinder your progress in life, not help it.
Changing your routine
It can be nice to shake things up from time to time so that life does not get boring, but did you know that too many routine changes can be bad for your health?
When you do the same thing day in day out, your body gets used to it and it adapts to your routine. When you keep changing things all the time, this can cause your body to go into a state of stress and release larger amounts of cortisol into your bloodstream.
Not only that, but changes to your routine can often mean that you sleep less or your sleep schedule changes, which can cause you to be stressed out, gain weight, and have a lower immunity than usual, which means you are more likely to get coughs and colds.
If you can, try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day. You should also aim to eat at roughly the same time each day too to give your body some sense of stability.
Being too slim
Many people think that being slim is the key to being healthy, and that is why so many of us spend so much time in the gym and watching our weight.
It is true that being slim is better for you than being overweight, but the pendulum can swing too far the other way too.
So many people think they need to be as slim as possible to be healthy and attractive, but if your BMI drops below 20 then this could put you at increased risk of illnesses like dementia as you get older, which is why you should aim for a healthy body.
But not one that is so slim that you have almost no body fat at all. Find the right balance and you will be so much healthier and happier.
Too much exercise
In a similar vein, spending too much time at the gym really could be bad for you. We tend to always think that the more active we are the better for our health and wellbeing, but this is not true.
The body needs time to rest and repair. If you do not give it that time, you are more likely to suffer from aches and pains and end up with an injury.
Exercising too often can also cause your immune system to become weakened, which would put you at higher risk of viruses and bacterial infections, so have at least one or two rest days in your schedule each week to give your body time to heal and grow stronger.
This might sound really left-field, but your eyeliner really can be bad for you, especially if you apply it too close to your eyeball.
Eyeliner is really good at holding bacteria, which can get into the eye and cause all kinds of issues that you would probably rather avoid, so stay away from the inner eye when applying it and change your eyeliner regularly if you want to avoid things like conjunctivitis.
Now that you know these things could be making you sick, you can hopefully avoid them and do everything in life you want to do without poor health holding you back.