As adults, our lives are often defined by routine. We get up, take a shower, brush our teeth, have breakfast, and go to work. Most of us never really stop to think: are we even doing the right things? We all think we know how to manage our lives until something comes along and shows us the folly of our ways. Here are 9 things you do every day that you may not have realized you were doing wrong.
1. Using too much soap in the shower
As we age, our skin dries out and soap, which is an astringent, only dries it out more. Try to use only as much soap as you need, and only on necessary areas such as skin folds. The soapy water running down your body will be enough to get clean.
2. Working without planning rest breaks
During work hours, we enter "zones" of productivity - a few hours of the day that we're at the top of our game. The problem is that most people don't plan their breaks accordingly. If you're motivated and focused 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., it's probably not a great idea to take a long lunch break at noon, right in the middle of your peak hours. A little planning goes a long way.
3. Answering WhatsApp messages from your boss
Setting boundaries between your private and professional life is important. You don't want your work issues ruining your quality time with loved ones, or issues at home affecting your performance at work.
Using instant messaging apps like WhatsApp isn't a great idea, because it lets your boss contact you at all hours, and even lets them see if you read their messages and just ignored them.
4. Adding oil to pasta water
Adding oil to pasta creates an oily coating that prevents the sauce from sticking to the pasta. In order to cook perfect pasta that doesn't stick, you need to use the right amount of water - one liter per 100 grams of dry pasta and 1.5 liters for 100 grams of fresh pasta.
5. Drying your hands with paper towels
We use millions of pounds of paper to dry our hands every year. Now, we're not saying don't dry off, but shaking off the excess moisture before grabbing a paper towel will at least help you use significantly less of them to get dry.
6. Breathing through your chest
Concentrate on breathing through your diaphragm, as it helps you absorb a lot more oxygen into the blood, which can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health.
7. Brushing your teeth
One of the most common mistakes people make is running their toothbrush horizontally on their teeth and not flossing. Proper brushing technique requires short, vertical movements from the gum to the edge of the tooth. Also: it takes 2-3 minutes to brush properly, though most people ignore this rule.
8. Exercising without warming up
Working out without warming up is really harmful to your body. It's like taking a rubber band out of the freezer and trying to stretch it out without letting it thaw. Make sure your workouts always start with a good warm-up, stretching out the relevant muscles for several minutes to avoid risk of injury.
9. Leaving bags of chips open
You can always close up a bag of chips with a chip clip, but why not try this clever technique inspired by Japanese origami?
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H/T: Bright Side