There are several habits that people have that they may or may not know are harmful. 10 Harmful Habits We Thought Were Good But Are Not. More times than we can count, we have probably done something we felt were harmless, but in effect, they were actually harmful to our health. The problem is not getting rid of those habits the issue lies in knowing which of them are wrong. On that note, here are 10 habits that we think are harmless, but in effect, they are quite dangerous.
Frequent touching of face and rubbing of eyes
This may seem like a harmless act, but in truth, this is one of the nastiest habits one can have. Apart from the fact that you transfer germs from your hands to your face, you expose your face to nasty skin diseases like acne, rash and other infections. Rubbing your eyes, on the other hand, causes them to be sore and red, which could lead to eye problems, eye bags and dark circles.
Cotton swabs for nose picking
Some people would prefer not to pick their noses with their hands or fingers, and would rather opt for cotton swabs. For people who have recently undergone some form of surgery like rhinoplasty, it is unsafe and unadvisable to blow their noses as this may cause bleeding or undo the surgery altogether, so in this case, a cotton swab is the best option. However, try not to push the swab too far up or you could damage something.
Shelling seeds with teeth
This seemingly harmless habit is quite dangerous, but a lot of people will choose not to be bothered by it. Their argument would be that as long as they do not swallow the cracked shells, they are safe. Contrary to this belief, shelling the seeds with your teeth causes a specific form to dental damage to your dentition as confirmed by dentists.
Stifling a sneeze
People do this harmlessly, perhaps to avoid embarrassment in public places. But sneezing is a natural way of expelling dirt and particles from your nostrils, so there is no need to be embarrassed about anything. Imagine what happens when a gun is fired and the barrel is covered at the same time, the barrel itself may explode due to the pressure that has been compressed. The same thing happens when you stifle a sneeze, you run the risk of erupting blood vessels, damaging your brain, throat and even your hearing.
Reading while lying in bed
We have all been guilty of this and some of us are probably still guilty of it. The truth is, however, that lying down to read is not a good habit, even though it is a comfortable position. The different positions we take can cause harm in different ways, for example, lying on your stomach stresses your spinal cord. Lying on your side with the book close to your eyes causes the eyes to move about all the time, giving them extra work. Lying on your back stresses your neck and back muscles. See Page 2 below to continue reading