You watch shows you won’t admit to
LuckyImages/Shutterstock Do you feel awkward admitting to watching certain shows like reality programs or even cartoons? Don’t! Dr. Breur says watching occasional “mindless television” is a normal way to help you rest and recharge. She explains that these shows “may allow you to revisit memories and feel the way you did way back when or it can help you to view a certain memory in a new context.” Go ahead, indulge in that gossipy entertainment program or goofy sitcom!
You belt tunes in the shower
Africa-Studio/Shutterstock Think it’s weird that you sing in the shower, using your shampoo bottle as a microphone? Not to worry. It’s normal, and even good for you. According to howstuffworks.com, warm shower water puts you in a relaxed state, encouraging you to belt out some tunes. All that extra breathing from getting your Adele on puts more oxygen in your blood, which boosts circulation and improves mood. Add to this the fact that you can’t as easily think about mounting bills or other stressors while singing, and it’s a win-win behavior. “Singing to yourself allows the brain and nervous system to release endorphins which makes us feel good,” says Dr. Breur. “So sing away in the shower. It’s normal.” Here are some other stress-busting techniques.
You pick your nose
aijiro/Shutterstock Of course, you’d never do this during a company meeting or while attending a wedding, but when you’re alone, that’s often a different story. Statistics from a reported Psychology Today Wisconsin study note that 91 percent of people surveyed said they were current nose-pickers and three-quarters of the sample felt that “almost everyone else does it.” While it may be common, it’s cause for concern if you pick to the point of harming yourself. Repetitive nose picking that borders on an obsessive-compulsive level warrants speaking to a mental health professional or physician. (This is how bad picking your nose really is.)