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Five Most Bizarre Addictions That May Affect Your Health

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By Apollo 24|7, Published on- 15 September 2022

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Addiction is real! The human brain is a complex machine that rewards us with happy hormones every time we indulge in some activities like eating junk food or staying up late playing video games. Though these habits aren’t good for your health, they light up your brain’s reward system, increasing your likelihood of getting addicted to them. Here are five such addictions that can affect your health adversely. 

1. Tanning

Yes, you heard us right. Tanning is one of the most common yet bizarre addictions that people tend to develop in the modern world. People end up exposing their skin to harsh sunlight for numerous hours to get the brown shade on their bodies. While it may sound harmless, exposing your skin to the harmful rays of the sun can not only cause sunburn but also increase the risk of skin cancer. 

tanning

How to counter tanning addiction?

One can look for other alternatives that do not involve UV rays, such as spray tans and lotions to get the tanned look. 

2. Social Media

Social media is designed in a way that gets people hooked to it. Many of us often find it difficult to cut our screen time, which can affect both our personal and social life. Addicted people often end up skipping their daily life activities to stay stuck on their screens. This can ultimately make them socially awkward and uncomfortable with people.

social media

How to counter social media addiction?

  • Instead of staying stuck to the screen, meet and interact with your loved ones.
  • Limit your usage of smartphones and gadgets by allotting a specific number of hours for each one of them. Shut down the devices as soon as you reach the limit.  
  • Try involving yourself in healthier activities such as running, jogging, or just walking.

3. Plastic surgeries

Addiction to plastic surgeries can be extremely dangerous. It has been seen that people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (obsessed with physical perfection) often get addicted to plastic surgeries. Even a slight imperfection can start a cascade of surgeries with the ambition of attaining perfect physical features. Getting under the knife every now and then can increase the risk of several medical complications including hematoma, scarring, blood loss, nerve damage, infection, and abnormal blood clotting. 

plastic surgery

How to counter plastic surgery addiction?

  • Stop or minimise seeking affirmation from others.
  • Consult a therapist who can understand your problem and help manage it. 

4. Thumb sucking

Thumb-sucking is a common trait usually seen in babies. However, it can be a major problem if this childhood behaviour continues into adulthood. People who are having trouble dealing with anxiety and pain, tend to suck their thumbs to draw their minds away from it. People suffering from this addiction say that it helps in calming them down by acting as an escape. Persistent thumb sucking can cause lisping, speech impediment, and affect the alignment of your teeth.

thumb sucking

How to counter thumb-sucking addiction?

  • Cover your thumb with fabric or a foul substance.
  • Chewing gum can distract you from sucking on your thumb.
  • Keep your hands busy with toys or stress balls.

5. Caffeine

Caffeine addiction can be seen across the world, with coffee and tea being the primary source. If consumed in high amounts, caffeine can increase blood pressure and disrupt the sleep cycle. Too much caffeine consumption can also result in dizziness, headaches, and nervousness. 

coffee

How to counter caffeine addiction?

  • Slowly cut down the intake of caffeinated products. Do not rush into it.
  • If you’re trying to cut down your caffeine intake but feel dizzy, try to opt for healthier options such as drinking fresh juice or infused water. 

Cessation

Always remember that addiction comes in many forms. Ignoring them by considering them to be just “bad habits” can also prevent you from improving and eradicating these addictions. If you or anyone you know are suffering from any such disorders then it is best to contact your health provider for advice. For expert advice,

Consult an Apollo Specialist

 

Medically reviewed by Dr Sonia Bhatt.

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