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4 Uncommon Addictions That Are Really Problematic

4 Uncommon Addictions That Are Really Problematic

When we talk about addictions, the first things that come to the mind are drugs and alcohol. Surely, they are common and, unfortunately they affect way too many people. However, these serious addictions are not the only ones threatening the human race. There are many that are not so common, but they still occur fairly often and are a major problem for those involved.

Gamblers, dirt eaters, sex addicts and gamers all come under the category of uncommon addicts. Here are another four unusual addictions.

1. Tanning

Having a slightly tanned body during the summer season is desired by many. It makes us feel better, more confident, prettier, and sexier. But this non-stop exposure to the sun only lasts during the summer holidays, which is usually 10 days, or up to two weeks in a year. And, even during those days, we protect (or at least we should) ourselves with appropriate sunscreens. However, there are people who prefer to go tanning throughout the whole year, without realizing that they are suffering from something called tanning addiction.

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How this addiction develops, and what causes it, is still unknown. There are some researches that regard UV lights as the main cause. A Harvard study says that UV lights stimulate our bodies to release endorphins, the happy hormones. According to this study, when we sunbathe, we feel happier, and we feel incredibly good. So, maybe that’s why people visit the tanning salon a few times per week – to make themselves happy.

Unfortunately, many tanning addicts do not realize that extreme exposure to UV lights can cause skin cancer. But, before they get to such a serious level, their skin becomes more wrinkled, dry, and dark spots start appearing. There are other risks, such as eye damage. So, clearly, tanning is in no way good for everyone, especially if done regularly over a period of several years.

2. Working too much

Being a workaholic is something people joke about, and they do not think that it is a real problem. A person who works overtime, 7 days per week, is considered hardworking and serious. Nevertheless, this behavior might be hiding something else, something more troublesome. For instance, if a person has a compulsive need to work, or if he or she works in order to avoid facing negative emotions, they could be called workaholics. Also, if not being able to work causes you stress, or you choose work over your vacation, then you might have a problem. And, these are only some of the signs that point to a work-related addiction.

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Other than causing a rift in the relationships with your friends and family – like that isn’t bad enough – workaholism could also present a threat to your health. For instance, you might constantly feel tired, have trouble sleeping or gain excess weight. These symptoms can cause even worse issues, like increased blood pressure, or a heart attack.

3. Hoarding

We all have certain items that we do not want to get rid off. They are probably related to a fond memory of ours, which makes the act of throwing away the item rather difficult – even impossible. But these few little memorabilia pieces could start filling up boxes, eventually taking over an entire room. When this need to get and keep things turns into compulsive behavior, we are dealing with hoarding.

The worst part is that the hoarder is not aware of the problem at hand. Because of this lack of awareness, dealing with or overcoming the troublesome situation is unimaginable. They will just keep on collecting free stuff, buying more things they think are unique, or they’ll find other reasons for hoarding.

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What they do not realize is the damage. For example, their living conditions could become difficult, or even impossible. If their house is overflowing with junk, then this is a very unhealthy habit. And lastly, hoarding creates cracks in relationships, with a partner or with family and friends. The best way to try and mend the situation is to directly confront the person, and seek professional help.

4. Lying

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Telling lie after lie can only get you so far. Eventually, they will all accumulate, and without any concrete base to fall back upon, the liar’s world will crumble to the ground. But, this is something compulsive liars do not understand. Due to their mental disorder, they do not separate lying from the truth. For them, lying is totally normal, like breathing air. Moreover, lying represents a form of satisfaction to them.

Additionally, liars would go to great lengths, like trying to conceal their involvement in a murder, or trying to get some financial gain by lying about an illness or about needing some other form of help. Eventually, if the lying doesn’t pay off, their mind could break down and this can lead to dangerous situations.

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Even though there are only four addictions listed here, there are many more. They may not seem like addictions at first sight, but if the behavior continues day in and day out for a longer period, then you know you are dealing with a serious problem. The best solution would be to consult a professional, and then work your way towards recovery slowly and strategically. Leading a happy, addiction-free life is the most important thing. Actually, it would be a longer life, as well.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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