Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For You

Bad habits can vary from biting your lips to drugs, and you can’t seem to stop doing it. You say, ‘Okay, I’m done doing this, no more’ every time but how many of those ‘no more’s were actually effective? Well, I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to try and stop all of those bad habits, because some are actually good for you!


We are always told to that swearing isn’t polite and it’s inappropriate. As true as that may be, studies found that swearing can actually relieve pain. Swearing can help you maintain solidarity. So when you accidentally slip or hit your pinky toe on the table, don’t resist on swearing.

Being Messy

Mess is something we all see as a bad thing, but what if I told you it can be beneficial? Most of us are messy and struggle to maintain a clean, tidy surrounding. We are told this is bad and that we should ‘clean up once in a while.’ But being messy means you’re creative! Studies found that while people were in a messy room, they came up with much more creative and interesting ideas than the people who were in a clean and tidy room. So you do you, and if you’re messy, embrace it!

Biting Your Nails

While researching for this article, this one really took me by surprise. It turns out that biting your nails isn’t as bad for you as people make it seem! We’re told that we’re putting germs and bacteria into our mouths but what they don’t know is that it isn’t always bad. Those bacteria could help build up your immune system. That’s to say only when you bite your nails sometimes and not everyday, this of course has it’s downsides but it really isn’t as bad of a habit as people make it seem.

Sleeping In

Sleeping in on the weekends is seen as a bad habit and laziness, but in reality it shows how much was done during the weekdays and how much effort was put into our works. Sleeping in is actually good for you, waking up naturally is beneficial to your metabolism rather than waking by a screaming alarm clock and struggling to turn it off. Getting a few extra hours of sleep is very beneficial to resting our brain.

Junk Food

Eating food that is bad for us is a habit a lot of us have. Now, I am not saying junk food is good for you, but it can benefit your mental health. For example, if you’re sticking to a diet and working out constantly and really trying hard, but can’t seem to get your eyes off of that pepperoni pizza, this can lead to extreme craving and maybe even binge-eating. Constantly saying ‘no’ to a food makes us want it more, so just have a slice of pepperoni pizza once in a while for the sake of a mental boost.


We’re told from a young age that tapping our fingers or bouncing our legs while sitting is rude. It may be rude, but it isn’t totally worthless! Fidgeting can help burn calories, not much but it definitely does burn a few hundred a day! So, the next time someone says ‘stop tapping your pencil on the table’ you can just say that you are working out.

And that is all! Which of these bad habits do you do?

Article by Nigina Ilkhomova

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