Everything in Moderation: How Keeping Things in Check Can Help You

*This is a collaborative article 

These days, the mantras ‘treating yourself’ and ‘loving yourself’ are widely popular, thanks to society’s changing attitude towards mental well-being. Although there is nothing completely wrong with following these adages, overdoing them can be so easy that sometimes although not always this may cause people more harm than good. As such, we’ve listed three things that, when consumed in moderation can lead to a lot of benefits, but can have negative consequences if overdone:

Sleeping

Multiple studies and articles have already stressed the importance of having enough sleep. Medical News Today emphasized that inadequate sleep can lead to a lot of health risks such as a weakened immune system, increased risk of new and advanced respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, fatigue, irritability and many more. Oversleeping is no better since it can lead to a number of negative impacts on your health as well. WebMD explained that people who oversleep a lot tend to experience low energy, anxiety, memory problems, chronic headaches and increased risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, and depression. The best way to reap the benefits of sleeping then is to make sure that you sleep seven to eight hours every night. It’s also a good idea to consult with a sleep specialist, especially if you have particular sleeping problems, to get a thorough and reliable opinion on how you can improve your sleep quality.

Drinking Alcohol

According to the latest statistics by the University of Victoria, an average Canadian consumes about 8.2 liters of pure alcohol per year, and most of us are probably familiar with the effects of drinking too much alcohol. Hangovers are so prevalent that PrettyMe’s review of WrecOver shows that products combining N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), silymarin, vitamins B and C and Ginkgo Biloba have been developed to not only help people recover from hangovers, but also aid the liver in flushing out toxins. Multiple studies have already linked excessive alcohol intake to life-threatening liver diseases, a higher risk of high blood pressure, dementia, heart failure, cancer, depression, and anxiety. By keeping your alcohol consumption to a healthy level, you might be able to benefit from the positive effects of alcohol instead of the negative ones. Such positive effects include reduced risk of heart failure and type 2 diabetes, reduced chances of developing dementia and gallstones, and even boosted bone health for women.

 

Eating Good Food

There is absolutely nothing wrong about eating good food (whatever that may be for you) every now and then, but it is important to keep in mind that the food that you eat has a direct impact on your health. An article on Live Strong explains that not eating a balanced diet can lead to a number of health problems associated with high blood pressure and heart diseases, and improper nourishment which can result to fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, fainting, and irregular monthly cycles, and even a weakened immune system. This can, unfortunately, contribute to many different diseases. To keep yourself healthy, it’s important to find a healthy balance between the good food you like to indulge in and healthier food.  After all, Style Craze noted that a healthy diet can help improve heart health, prevent bone loss, provide sufficient energy for improved brain activity, reduce stress and even delay aging.

Caring for oneself is an extremely important concept that society, unfortunately, used to overlook before. Nonetheless, it’s important to realize that self-care entails much more than just indulging yourself. In reality, it’s actually more about taking better care of yourself through healthy practices. For more tips and tricks on how to promote self-care the kind that isn’t always seen as extravagant, check out this post ‘Stop Putting Off Your Health Care Appointments. They’re An Act Of Self-Care!‘.

 

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