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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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