Benefits of Unplugging

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Unplugging from social media can be hard. Social lives have become so dependent on it. It is how almost everyone keeps in touch with people to find out what they are up to. The fear of missing out is real and one of the biggest reasons why it is so hard for people to stay off social media sites. However, the benefits of unplugging outweigh the cons.

A lot of people may not realize this is a problem. Some may be aware it is a problem but have become so addicted to it that they do not know how to set boundaries or limit their time spent on social media. It can be hard to do this. However hard it may be, the benefits of unplugging are well worth it.

More Face-to-Face Interactions

This consequence from social media may not be noticeable to some, but people are having less face-to-face interaction because of it. Rather than talking to the people around them, people sit and scroll through their phones at parties, in classes, waiting in lines, or at home with their families.

One study done with a few college-aged students found that by unplugging from social media, they were able to have more face-to-face interactions with people than before. One student met a new friend at a party he went to when he normally would have been sitting on the couch scrolling through his phone.

Improved Mood

Social media is where people post the best parts of their lives. It is where they post pictures of their vacations, announce wedding engagements or a new baby. Social media feeds are full of these exciting moments, one after the next.

While it is fun and important for people to share their news with friends and family, it can take a toll on someone’s mood when too much time is spent scrolling through those posts. Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” People start comparing themselves to others on social media because they are not doing the same things or look the same way as the ones posting. This takes a toll on the mental health of people.

By cutting down time spent on social media, people can be free of the constant comparisons. People can start to focus on themselves and the people around them rather than what everyone else is up to on social media.

More Time

Not only is social media a thief of joy, but it is a thief of time. A lot of people spend way more time on social media than they should. Many spend hours of their day scrolling through it. By limiting time on social media or cutting it out completely, people will have more time to do other things. People will have time for their hobbies or for spending time with friends and family.

Better Sleep

According to sleepfoundation.org, the blue light that is emitted from electronic devices delays the internal clock in our bodies. This slows down the release of melatonin, which is the hormone that induces sleep and makes it harder to fall asleep.

One study found that people who looked at screens with blue light before going to bed got about 16 minutes less of sleep than those who looked at screens that emitted red light. Check out our article on the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and how sleep affects our bodies. Liquid Health’s Sleep Well also promotes natural sleep without causing the “hangover effect” a lot of other sleep aids cause.

How Can You Get Started?

There are many ways you can start limiting screen time to start reaping the benefits of unplugging. Some options include:

  • screen time apps
  • setting a timer
  • avoiding devices an hour before bed
  • doing other activities when bored
  • using e-readers that don’t use blue light
  • eating without watching a screen
  • keeping phones out of bedrooms at night

Overall, the benefits of unplugging are numerous, and these are only just a few. It can be a hard goal to accomplish, but a possible one. If unplugging completely is not possible, start with just limiting time on social media. The benefits of unplugging will be noticeable.

Sources

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/8b5e/edc62aa30ae8c7cc706acc7faee569a58a07.pdf

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/home-base/201802/the-social-media-disconnect

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-electronics-may-stimulate-you-bed

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/evening-screen-time-can-sabotage-sleep

Bad Hair Habits

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Almost everyone wishes for luscious locks of hair. While genetics do play an important role in the health and volume of hair, there are changes you can make to achieve the healthiest hair for you. Cutting out bad hair habits is the best place to start and we’ll list just a few of the most damaging things for your hair.

Poor Diet

eating greasy pizza is one of our bad hair habits

A poor diet is something most people don’t want to hear about but is one of the worst bad hair habits. Unfortunately, having a poor diet affects our entire body, including our hair. Some foods to avoid if you’re concerned about hair loss or maintaining healthy hair are greasy food, sugary foods, alcohol, and fish high in mercury. Greasy foods clog our pores and can even clog the pores on our heads. Things like pizza, burgers, and fries (all our favorites) can lead to hair loss.
Sugary foods are said to cause premature aging, which results in hair follicles shrinking sooner in life.

Alcohol is known to cause dehydration. Dehydration is terrible for our bodies all around. This results in both dry and brittle hair, so try to avoid so much alcohol and drink more water instead to keep your hair hydrated and healthy.

Luckily, most fish are not high in mercury. Swordfish is the most popular that is high in mercury. Other fish like salmon, tuna, halibut are all safe for our hair.
Eating a well-balanced diet is the best solution for healthy hair. All things in moderation!


Washing Your Hair

While it is important to shower and wash your hair, washing your hair too often can do more damage than good and is a bad hair habit you should break. Washing your hair every day will dry it out and make it brittle. If possible, try washing it only four times or less each week.
 

Lemon Juice

Leaving lemon juice on hair too long is a bad hair habit

Lemon juice has been used for years to lighten the hair. Girls in high school would douse their hair in the stuff and sit out in the sun in hopes of blonde highlights. While lemon juice can be beneficial, once it dries the acidic juice is terrible for your locks.

According to healthline.com, sitting in the sun with dried lemon juice will destroy the cuticles in your hair. This results in dull, dry hair with no shine. The suggested time to stay in the sun if you do use lemon juice on your hair is less than an hour. After that, you run the risk of seriously damaging your hair.
 

Chemicals


Many people put things in their hair each day like gel, hair spray, or other products. It’s not a secret that dying your hair is going to damage it. The most damaging chemicals, which are found in hair dye, are hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Some shampoo even contains a harmful chemical called DHT.


Another harmful chemical to your hair is chlorine, which is found in swimming pools. Chlorine is known to cause hair discoloration, especially in recently bleached hair. Because of this, It’s important to wash your hair after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
 
Overall, breaking bad hair habits can be hard, but once you do, you’ll be sure to notice how much healthier your hair is. Check out our article, How Biotin Affects the Body, to read about an important vitamin for hair and pick up a bottle of our Skin Rescue + Renew for radiant skin, hair, and nails.

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Sources

https://www.buykud.com/blogs/others/top-10-bad-habits-that-damage-your-hair#

https://www.bustle.com/articles/102093-5-foods-that-might-be-harming-your-hair-even-if-some-seem-generally-healthy

https://www.prevention.com/beauty/a20517391/foods-for-healthy-hair/

https://www.healthline.com/health/lemon-for-hair