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New Year Resolution: Bad habits to ditch

It’s the new year, which means new year’s resolutions. But we know those don’t stick so here are some bad habits to ditch in 2020.

From being late to biting nails, we cover some bad habits that carry different levels of consequences and results. In this post, we share with you some tips and solutions that could help you ditch these bad habits for good. 

1. Being late

We all know the saying, if you’re on time, you’re late. While we can’t stop factors outside of our control from happening every now and then, habitual lateness will eventually bring serious damage to your credibility. Whether it is getting to work late or dialing in to video calls late, by doing so, you are giving off the impression that you are either disorganised or you do not care to respect the time of others. 

Always plan to be early, don’t plan to be on time. Plan ahead and leave enough room between meetings in case of any unexpected delays. Good practice is to always be 10-15 minutes early to any appointments. That little space of time can be a valuable moment in a busy day, to allow us to stop catching up with our agenda and stay ahead in life

2. Spending too much time on social media

This can be especially difficult for some professions that unavoidably require to log heavy hours on social media. Adding to the barriers in breaking this habit, we are facing a lockdown where from breaking news to the hottest memes are all on social media. We often know the signs, we probably even ignore them by now — sore eyes, concentration difficulty, finding it hard to sleep. 

If too much screen time has you feeling drained, it may be time for some adjustments. Some activities to try off screens: painting, cooking, reading or something you find relaxing and therapeutic might help you feel refreshed than looking into screens every hour you’re awake.

3. Work/life imbalance

A study conducted by Kisi called “Best Cities For Work-Life Balance 2020” reveals Kuala Lumpur as globally ranked 4th last for worst work-life balance. While being passionate about your job is great, you shouldn’t grind out over time every day. Especially given that working from home is the new norm, the lines between work and personal life get blurry. 

Respecting the boundaries of when to clock out can leave you feeling less stressed and gives you more opportunities to pursue your other interests as well. Finding that balance between work commitments and to unwind will do you big favours in the long run

4. Drinking too much coffee or soda

If you’re the type of person who needs 5 cups of coffee a day ‘just to stay awake’, it is time to leave this habit behind. Firstly, is the issue that coffee stains your teeth because of the presence of tannins in it. Next, similarly to soda, coffee is highly acidic. Excessive consumption will wear away the enamel that protects your teeth. Soda also has high levels of sugar, which is one of the biggest harms to oral hygiene. 

Cutting down on these beverages and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will help to prevent stains!

5. Biting your nails

Some of us – albeit being adults now – still have the bad habit of biting our nails. Be it as a response to being nervous, stressed or anxious, it is warned against. Not only it may be deemed childish but could also bring real consequences especially during this time – where you are at risk of putting germs in your mouth.  Regular nail biting can also chip your teeth or cause you to move your teeth.  Add that to the unnatural pressure you place on your jaw and lead to jaw dysfunction. 

You can always practice good care by using proper tools to cut your nails beforehand so as not to fix them with your teeth. Enlisting the help of your family members to point it out also proves to be an effective step.

These are the habits to ditch and focus on better ones this year. A good habit is always to smile more. At become, we look to empower people to smile with confidence without breaking the bank. Click here to check the rest of our blog and when you’re ready, book a scan here.

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