You belt tunes in the showerAfrica-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 noseaijiro/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.)
You talk to your pet in a cutesy widdle voiceHappy-Together/Shutterstock
Does your voice change when you ask your pet if she wants another treat? You know—that high-pitched, sing-song tone that differs from how you speak to friends? This is more normal than you think. American Kennel Club experts suggest that you use this musical, baby-like voice because it evokes a caregiver feeling, making you feel more engaged and genuine. Like puppies? Take this quiz to find out which one you are!