“Old Habits die hard,” says an old cliche. This saying is particularly apt when it comes to women and their peculiar lifestyle. Most women find it difficult to change their accustomed behaviour even when it is detrimental to their health.
Well, if you want to enjoy sound and perceptual health as a woman, you will have to let go of these five (5) habits below that is capable of impairing your health even if they are generic or genetic. Here are unhealthy habits of many people that you must do away with;
1. Worry and anxiety
Women are more emotional than men and they are particularly prone to worry and anxiety. According to medical experts, Anxiety is a normal part of human life. You may feel anxious before addressing a group of people you’re meeting for the first time, for example. In the short term, anxiety increases your breathing and heart rate, concentrating the blood flow to your brain where you need it. This physical response prepares you to face an intense situation. If it gets too intense, however, you might begin to feel lightheaded and nauseous.
An excessive or persistent state of anxiety can have a devastating effect on your health. It sides effects includes emotional and social withdrawal, irritability, repulsive behaviour, nervousness, restlessness, sleeping disturbance, fatigue, concentration problem, weakness, dizziness, chest pain and loss of appetite. If you have a worry habit, you should do something about it urgently before it develops into an anxiety disorder. Avoid negative emotions such as anger, fear, envy, grudge, hatred, resentment and ill-feeling against others.
2. Poor Medications
A medical doctor said that certain medications particularly certain antidepressants and mood stabilizers can affect your ability to conceive by making your body produce more prolactin, a hormone that interferes with ovulation. So if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, talk to an ob-gyn about what medications are safe and unsafe, what might affect your ability to conceive, and the ones you’re currently taking. That way, you may be able to find an alternative that won’t interfere with your getting pregnant. Also, when medications are not taken properly, long-term habitual use can cause more problems than it solves. Using drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin for arthritis or muscle pain can over time, increase your risk for ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. Calming drugs and sleeping pills can leave you feeling confused and prone to stumbling and falling if you take them in higher-than-prescribed doses. Since they make you feel good, you may want to keep on taking them, turning them into a habit or addiction before you know it.
Don’t take medications not prescribed by a certified and practicing medical doctor;
Take all medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Moreover, don’t live your life on drugs; watch for hidden signs or symptoms.
Clues you’re taking too much of a tranquilizer, for instance, include memory loss, excess sleepiness, feeling unresponsive and fallinng frequently. Check out alternative pain relief strategies such as weight loss, exercise, stress relief and avoiding triggers. Challenge your doctors when they want to put you on pain, mood, or sleeping medication, long term and trust God for your healing.
3. Postponed Pregnancy
Many women postpone pregnancy until later in life, whether because of their career, relationship status, or just want to belong to the “we’re busy people” group. If you’re among this group of women, it’s important you realize that fertility doesn’t last forever. Your biological clock is ticking. Medical expert say fertility for women naturally starts to decline slowly after age 32; more notably after 35 and even more pronounced after 40. Women do not produce more eggs with age, but instead, are born with a finite amount. Over time, the number and quality of eggs decrease. By God’s miraculous power, a woman can conceive even after passing the age of menopause, but the point we’re making here is, don’t unnecessarily jeopardize your health and don’t tempt God either.
4. Fad and Fashion
Many of the fashion choices women make today impact their health negatively. Consider the instances below:
Shoes with heels higher than two inches, for instance, are linked to bunions, hammer toes, stress fractures and ankle sprains. Body protrusions on the back of the heels and Achilles Tendonitis can also develop, along with nerve damage between toes and circulation blockage, causing foot bones to die. Years of wearing high heels shorten the Achilles tendons, making flat shoes uncomfortable. Flip flops (light sandals, typically of plastic or rubber with a thong between the big and second toes) are worse. Wearers have to clench their toes to keep them on, leading to foot fatigue, sore calf muscles and an altered gait which could cause long-term ankle and hip problems.
Shape-wears for women like Spanx can also cause nerve compression, digestive issues, and painful welts. Compression wear for the abdomen can prevent full expansion of the lungs and cause lightheadedness.
Heavy handbags and book bags throw the back out of line, causing back and neck problems. Experts warns that you shouldn’t carry more than one ten percent of your weight on your shoulder and don’t do it long term without sharing the burden equally on both shoulders. Over 20 percent of body piercings (tattoos) get infected. And finally, fingernail extensions and appliques develop bacteria and more often fungal infections very frequently.
This is part of fad and fashion, but is treated separately here because most women wear it. Many women today are reluctant to leave home without their make-up, but experts say make-up is putting women at risk of deadly diseases. Cosmetics and beauty products often contain toxin ingredients that can cause cancer and other fatal illness. They say chemicals get into the bloodstream in many ways. Hair sprays; perfumes and powders are inhaled; lipstick is swallowed; eye make-up is absorbed by sensitive mucous membranes and other chemicals are taken in through the skin and they destroy the body. Coal tar colours, phenylenediamine, benzene and even formaldehyde are some of the toxins commonly found in shampoos and other everyday cosmetics, skin creams and blushers, and these hormone-disrupting chemical could lower the immunity to disease and cause neurological and reproductive damages. Most lipsticks also contain lead (a neurotoxin that can be harmful even at small dose). Lead affects the nervous system and harms the hormonal system. Lipsticks can also cause drying and chapping of the lips and blockage of pores. So avoid using make-up as a woman!
Are there other habits you think women engage in that is capable of impairing their health, leave me comments below.