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Beauty Comes At A Price: Skinny Jeans Could Damage Your Nerves

Beauty Comes At A Price: Skinny Jeans Could Damage Your Nerves

Skinny jeans can be bad for your health. No, seriously. Incidents like this one described by the BBC show that skinny jeans could actually be damaging to your health and send you to the hospital in the extreme, worst-case scenarios.

A 35-year old woman wore skinny jeans while helping to move a house. She kept at the work even when she felt a tingling sensation in her legs, and then had her blood flow cut off and nerves damaged by her tight jeans. Her condition at the hospital was so terrible that she had to be placed on an IV drip for four days until she could walk again.

This is an extreme scenario, and should not mean that you need to take your skinny jeans and dump them in a bonfire. But there are also reports that men wearing skinny jeans risk tightening their testicles and increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Tight pants are not good for your health.

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But if you are worried about these scenarios, here are certain things which you can do to ensure that skinny jeans are safe and that you look good in them. Because there are a lot of people who do not.

1. If it feels weird, stop wearing them

This seems to be common sense. But human history is filled with examples of us damaging our own bodies in the name of beauty. Think about corsets, or foot binding. While we may look upon those ancient practices with horror, incidents like the one described above show that we still make the same mistakes as our ancestors. We are willing to harm our health in order to look good.

What people need to remember is that if your body starts to hurt from what you are wearing, you need to stop and change your habits. It can be frustrating to wear a pair of jeans which make you look large. But sometimes, the only thing which you can do is endure it, and wear clothing which will ensure you are comfortable.

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There is nothing wrong with wearing looser and fitter jeans, or perhaps trying on a dress for a change. That is certainly a better choice than wearing tight jeans which will hurt your health.

2. Dress for the occasion

It’s possible that the woman of the BBC story was able to wear her skinny jeans on normal occasions without an issue, but then encountered problems on repeatedly squatting and preparing to move out of the house. One only imagines what she’d do if had to use a porta potty in those uncomfortable jeans.

But this just highlights another common sense issue. Skinny jeans are probably not the best clothes to wear for a physically active things like moving. Even if you do not outright exercise, activities like gardening or moving requires clothes suitable to the occasion. Which means no skinny jeans.

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3. Lose weight

Let us be honest. A lot of people wear skinny jeans and clothes like that because they are trying to convince themselves that they are not quite as chubby as they want to think they are. But if you want to wear skinny jeans, the first thing to do is to actually make yourself skinny.

And losing weight is not that difficult. Get some activity – even walking and running for a few minutes a day can go a long way towards improving your physical and mental health. Watch your diet and calories above all. Don’t look for some miracle way to do it. Keep at it for a while and you may be able to slim down in order to improve your figure and fit into those new jeans.

4. Keep safe

The BBC story about the poor woman may seem to be just an accident where things went wrong in the worst way possible. But it happened because she was willing to disregard her body’s warning signs because she was too concerned about looking good.

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And she is not alone in that. Our society as a whole needs to be careful about what we wear or do in the name of beauty. If we are not careful, we will end up damaging our bodies over the long run. If other people can take a look at this woman’s example and learn not to wear skinny jeans when appropriate, or commit themselves to slimming down, then perhaps some good can come out of this incident over the long run.

Featured photo credit: Michael Pollak via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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