THE DANGERS OF OVERSTIMULATION Do You Need a Media Detox?
With the current trend of getting TV, social media, and news alerts sent to our phones, we have access to more media than we could ever consume. While constant connectivity is a boon for many aspects of our lives, researchers are discovering that too much stimulation is cause for concern. One study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that too much social comparison, spurred by the likes of Facebook and cable news, can lead to an increased risk of depression. If you find yourself pressured to live up to the public lives of friends and family, or if you feel like you’re being bombarded with too much news and entertainment, consider a media detox. A detox doesn’t require you to unsubscribe from social media services or unplug your TV forever. Instead, think of it as a vacation from the overstimulation so many of us experience. Ask yourself which aspects of your media diet are causing more stress than they’re worth, and take a break from them for a little while.
day,” Emma Watson told CNN in an interview about her selective social media use. If you’re not mindful of your media consumption and participation, it tends to pile up. When you detox, it’s a lot easier to identify which parts of your media diet are essential and which are only a burden. Another benefit of a media detox is that you’ll have more time to pursue new and dormant hobbies. Because most of us consume media in small chunks throughout the day, it’s easy to overlook how much that time adds up. All those hours you spend on Facebook could be used to start a garden, knit a quilt, or join a soccer league. Unless you have an unlimited supply of leisure time (and who does?), you need to be selective in the way you spend it. Remember, media isn’t the cause of all your ills. Used mindfully, it can actually increase happiness and satisfaction. The problem is that we are so mired in the media muck that we can’t get a perspective on how much is too much. A detox will allow you to reassess the media you’re consuming and build a better plan for the future. You can still keep up with your grandkids on Facebook, but it shouldn’t be the only way you interact with the world.
“In the same way we think about what we eat, we should think about what we read, what we’re seeing, what we’re engaging in, and what we’re interacting with every
Bad Dental Habits Avoid These Damaging Foods and Practices
Everyone knows the pillars of dental hygiene: brush and floss, visit your dentist twice a year, etc. Almost as important, though, is avoiding habits that will damage your teeth. Stay away from these practices if you want to keep your smile at its best. One horrible habit that will harm your teeth is smoking. In addition to the well- documented health risks of tobacco, nicotine causes yellowing of the teeth and can damage your gums. Smokeless tobacco is hardly better. Dip and chewing tobacco are major contributors to oral cancer and can shrink your gums. A good rule of thumb when it comes to your dental health is to only use your mouth for eating and drinking. Biting your nails or using your teeth to rip open packaging can lead to structural damage and jaw problems. If you wouldn’t want to digest an object, don’t chew on it either. When it comes to actual food, there are a few items that tend to cause problems. As your parents probably told you when you were a child, hard candies will chip your teeth if you are not careful. The same goes for sticky foods like taffy, which can dislodge fillings. Ice is another hazard. Even though it’s only water, ice is extremely hard and can harm your teeth.
With beverages, one of the biggest culprits is non-diet sodas. In addition to being high in sugar, most sodas also contain a large amount of acid, another ingredient you should seek to limit. Coffee and tea can also cause staining — but they won’t lead to decay, as long as you limit the sugar content. If you want to keep your teeth bright and beautiful, you should avoid these harmful habits. Keeping your smile brilliant is hard work, and you don’t want to undo all that brushing and flossing with a few bad tendencies.
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