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10 Ways Your Social Life Could Be Trying to Kill You
Our day to day lives get busier and busier with each passing generation. While the ability to be in 10 places at once is becoming more of a necessity and modern day technology is giving us the ability to do so, it is not giving us a remedy to the side effects that come with this life style.
Below is a list of some of the most detrimental effects that come with the demands placed upon us today. If you notice your self falling prey to one of these, take corrective action immediately. These issues, when left unchecked can easily spiral out of control leaving you in a place you do not want to be.
To Much Stress
We will start with the most obvious and possibly the most dangerous which is the abundance of stress that our lives contain. With looming deadlines, crying children, frustrating traffic and annoying bosses you will be hard pressed to find someone who isn't affected by stress.
Stress is our bodies natural response to perceived dangers and it is designed to help us react quickly in order remove the issue. This works great in theory, the problems come in when this mechanics, which is designed to protect us from life threatening dangers, is triggered by mundane events that frankly don't require such an extreme response. Unfortunately, our minds can not tell the difference between the range of danger each event presents so if we fail to step in, we are constantly put on DANGER mode which you will see causes a whole host of medical issues.
The consequences of living a life run by stress are numerous and deadly, they include (1):
High Blood Pressure
Lower Immune System
Headaches / Migraines
Over-eating / Under-eating
With the many negatives that are attached to a stress filled lifestyle it is clear taking steps to reduce this health risk is desirable and necessary in order to live a fulfilling life. Here are some of the top suggestions we found to reduce the effect stress may be having on your body:
Adopting a Healthy DIet Plan
Taking Deep Breathes
Drinking Enough Water
Avoiding Known Causes of Stress
Inducing a Paradigm Shift (Seeing things from a different angle)
To Much Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that almost every adult on earth has either tried or drinks on a consistent basis in order to function. It is so popular, that you can barely get by walking or driving in town without running into some kind of shop that specifically sells the most common form in which comes in which is coffee.
While caffeine can have plenty of beneficial effects and uses, this is only true when taken in reasonable amounts. If you up the intake to a level that is higher than what your body needs, you will simply adapt and require more and more until, like smoking, coffee just becomes an orally fixated habit that isn't doing you any good.
To much caffeine and cause your body to become addicted to the stimulant, "caffeine withdrawls" are very common among those who live off coffee 24/7. I know some people who have it so bad, if they miss their morning cup of joe then about an hour later they are suffering from a brain splitting headache. Is this you?
Here are some of the issues of that accompany the over use of caffeine to get through the day:
Dependency (Caffeine Headaches)
High Blood Pressure
Social Jet-lag is a side effect of our lifestyle that has been recognized in recent years as a potentially serious issue that needs to be addressed. Its cause stems from our bodies not getting enough sunlight, typically as a result of the demand placed on us from our work and social lives. When this occurs, we are operating in a time zone that is out of our norm by forcing our bodies to wake up earlier than when they are naturally designed to.
On the days you are not working, you tend to naturally slip back into the rhythm you were meant to as you have no expectations as to when you need to wake up. This switching back and forth is akin to constantly changing time zones which can be brutal on both your mind and body.
Some of the issues that are caused by social Jet-lag are:
Increased Risk of Obesity
Higher Chance of Alcohol & Nicotine Abuse
Keeps You Stationary
We live in a time that there is a good chance a computer performs at least part of your job if not the vast majority of it. Because of this, the need for manual activity has dwindled and the consequences of this is that we are burning less calories during work which is where we will, on average, spend NINETY THOUSAND HOURS.
Needless to say, spending 90,000 hours in a sedentary position is NOT GOOD for your health and can lead to serious trouble down the line. If your job falls into this category, take advantage of break-time to walk around and move your body, while your sitting you use a hand-strengthener while you have one hand free.
Less Money = Less Health
If you are among the 80% of American's who are considered "middle class" there is a good chance that you are living paycheck-paycheck and this could most definitely have a negative cascade effect on your health both mentally and physically.
As shallow as it may seem, the truth is money DOES equal happiness. While money itself may not make you happy, the opportunities that money can provide most certainly will. Not having enough money limits your options and takes away from your sense of self efficacy. This leaves you feeling powerless which leads to poor mental and physical health.
While it is certainly true that there are quite a few people out there who live perfectly content lives without enormous sums of wealth at their fingertips, I would argue that a vast majority of those never had the opportunity to fathom another lifestyle and as such, have grown accustomed with their lot in life.
If you live in a country that has access to media and entertainment, there is a good chance that you are constantly being bombarded with examples of opulence that make it pretty hard to remain content being without.
Keeps You Addicted To Screen Time
In this world where technology is ever increasing in presence screen time addiction has become an all too common occurrence. Whether it be the smart TV, smart phone, smart computer or smart tablet, not giving your body a rest from the effects of the screen is a dumb idea and can eventually develop into a nasty addiction; especially in your children.
The signs your are addicted to screen time are actually pretty easy to spot because they are the same as if you were addicted to a substance such as alcohol or nicotine.
Some of the signs of screen addiction:
Loss of Interest In Outside Activities
You Find Screentime is the Only Way To Relax
To Much Alcohol
This one is somewhat of a no brainer but we would be remiss if we failed to include it. Social drinking is fairly normal among most adults and as long as it is done in moderation it typically does not pose too much of a health threat, however, if you can avoid it all together you are going to be better off.
What tends to make drinking the most damaging in the long run is our lack of awareness of how dehydrated we become. Alcohol acts as a diuretic causing us to urinate constantly, by failing to replenish our bodies with much needed water the long term damage done to the internal organs can be devastating.
High Transfat Diet
Trans-fats are considered by most doctors some of the worst kinds of fat that you can consume, and the FDA suggests you keep your daily consumption to less than 1% of your total calorie intake (in other words, for a 2000 calorie diet you should have less than 2 grams). Our humble opinion is that you can do away with trans-fat all together.
Although companies have been working on limiting their use of trans-fats in their products, the problem is that most foods that have trans-fat in them are also the most convenient to cook and consume.
Because of our go-go life-style, snacks that require little to no preparation are extremely tempting as they appear to be a quick source of energy. Unfortunately, this
Here are some examples:
Pre-packaged Pastries, Cookies and Cup Cakes (especially with frosting)
Fried Fast Foods
For a great list of foods that contain trans-fats we suggest you check out this article.
Lowered Self Esteem
Although friends and family can and should be a source of inspiration and encouragement, to often other people's fears and insecurities are spread through "opinions" that, while having good intentions, are actually detrimental to your ability to achieve your goals.
The hard truth is that the majority of people out there are not equipped with the right knowledge to succeed and instead are working of a play book that is designed to keep them "safe" which is code for average and miserable.
We at HTTM firmly believe in limiting the damage that bad company can bring. When you recognize that people in your environment are a source of negativity, give them the courtesy of having a serious discussion about how they are effecting you. Should they refuse to make a shift, than it is up to you to decide if it is worth it to allow them to potentially ruin your chances at achieving your goals.
Overuse of Recreational & Prescribed Drugs
In this day and age, it is overly common to see someone addicted to something, we just don't always see it that way. Wether it be illicit drugs found on seedy street corners or the ones you get from your local pharmacist, both have addictive qualities that if left unchecked, can have serious consequences in the long run.
Of all the legal drugs, the most susceptible to be abused are of course pain killers. Those who are prescribed these powerful narcotics are often in serious pain, and they are absolutely necessary at the time. The problem arises when your body begins to develop a resistance to the drugs and you need to consume higher amounts to just feel "normal".
The Next Step:
Now that you are aware of the potential pitfalls of today's lifestyle check out some diet choices that are sure to get you on the right track. Remember that it is not just what you do that makes the difference but what you consume. A healthy life begins with healthy habits, these diets are the first step.