Our routines are usually pretty dull, aren’t they? We perform so many small actions every day but we almost never ask ourselves if there’s a right or wrong way to do them. It would be such a great idea to pay more attention to these things to make small but positive changes in your life.
1. Using too much soap in the shower
Because our skin becomes drier as we age, soap, which is an astringent, only makes it worse. Try to use the minimum amount only on necessary areas. The soapy water running down your body is more than enough to make you clean.
2. Working without planning your rest breaks
We all have work time when we are the most productive. It seems easier to concentrate, to feel alert and inspired, and achieve great results at the end. The main problem is if we don’t try to find our productive hours, and then we don’t take advantage of them.
Although, if you feel motivated and focused from 11 to 1, don’t take a break at 12, please. Use your rest breaks on the way they don’t kill your productivity.
3. Answering your boss’s social network messages
Very important thing is to set boundaries between work and private life. Psychologists say we should never discuss work problems or bring professional relationships into instant messaging apps cause we consider them as something very personal. Plus, if you use instant messaging in your relationships with your superiors at work, they can see if you’ve received and read their last message and chose to ignore them. Not very smart move.
4. Adding oil to the pasta water
Never add oil to your pasta cooking water because it will prevent the sauce from sticking to the pasta. To cook the perfect pasta and prevent it from sticking together, you just have to use the right recipe: 1 liter of water per 100 grams of dry pasta and 1.5 liters for 100 grams of fresh pasta.
5. Drying your hands using paper towels
Have you ever noticed that we use so much paper to dry our hands in public toilets? Millions of pounds. There is one simple thing we all can do if we care about our planet (we should): just shake your hands before drying them with paper towels. Honestly, it does help save the world.
6. Breathing with your chest
Concentrate on breathing using the diaphragm, instead of the chest. Proper oxygenation has positive effects on your nervous system, helps to lower blood pressure, reduces inflammation and pain, improves overall physical health and keeps stress away from you. And if you learn to breathe correctly, it will also help you manage your emotions.
7. Brushing your teeth with only horizontal brush movements
Forgetting to floss and brushing your teeth with only horizontal movements are probably the most common but very serious mistakes. Proper brushing of the teeth involves short vertical movements, always performed from the gums to the edge of the tooth. But it doesn’t mean that brushing teeth horizontally is not necessary at all. Proper brushing should take 2-3 minutes, but unfortunately the vast majority of us ignore this simple rule.
8. Starting to exercise without preparation
Exercising too hard and skipping warm-ups and short breaks can be harmful to your body. Never skip warm-up. It’s important to include warm-up and flexibility exercises in your workout and to gradually increase its intensity. If you want to avoid injuries, don’t forget those stretching exercises at the end of your workout, of course.
9. Leaving a bag of chips open
Some people use clips to close those half-eaten bags of chips, while others just leave them folded in half, hoping that the bag won’t open. (Hint: it will). But, we have another way for you to deal with those bags. This smart method was inspired by origami, a Japanese art and technique of folding paper to create different objects. Check the video to see how to do it.
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