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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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