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Routines may be boring at times, but for some of us, they help us to plan, and stop us from stressing to much about how our day is going to pan out. Also, our brains have, quite frankly, enough to be dealing with. All of those routines become habits, and some are good, but some are bad. The bad habits become part of our daily lives, and we don’t ever question what hey are doing to our health, and in particular our brain, AKA command central.

Here are a few habits that you might want to think about cutting back on, or even cutting out altogether:

 

Skipping Breakfast

People who don’t eat breakfast in the morning have lower blood sugar levels. This means that your brain could be underperforming in terms of thinking, remembering and processing. Eat something.

 

Overreacting

Loosing the rag fills your brain with chemicals and stops you from thinking rationally. Cool your jets there just a little.

Smoking

Smoking shrinks your brain and leads to all sorts of horrible things, including Alzheimer’s. Also,¬†sorry to be the one to tell you this, but it makes you stink. Bad.

Eating Too Much Sugar

It might taste like heaven, but its the devil in disguise. It interferes with absorption of protein and nutrients which are essential for healthy brain development.

Pollution

The brain consumes more oxygen than any other part of the body. Polluted air stops enough oxygen reaching the brain. Off out in the fresh air with you.

 

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is like plugging your brain in to charge for the night. Your brain needs time to wind down at night before you go to bed, to make sure your sleep is deeper, better and more effective. Yep, we’re gonna say it, put the phone away at night, in another room, far far away.

 

Overwork

Forcing your brain to work when it is tired or sick can lead to it going on strike. So would you if your employer refused to give you a beak. Have a nap, its the right thing to do.

 

Underwork

Lack of stimulation is almost as bad for your brain as too much. It stops you from forming neutral pathways, (which are important, according to science). Do a crossword.

 

Source: The World Health Organization