We all have a bad habit or two… or three. But sometimes we don’t even realise when we’re doing something completely unhelpful to our physical or mental health – or even just doing something that’s robbing you of a stress-free experience. We gathered together five experts from five fields to ask them what they wish you’d stop doing.
1. Skin-care specialist: Stop picking!
We get it. You have a few pimples or blackheads you want to get out but STOP! Resist the urge says Claire Mason, Director of Integrity Paramedical Skin Practitioners. “Sometimes we get overzealous clients trying their absolute best to get skin lumps and bumps down to ground zero,” she says. “The picking of skin lesions causes them to take so much longer to heal.” So hands away from the face, people!
2. Nutritionist: Stop believing in juice cleanses
Ah juice cleanses! The miracle cure-all! Or are they? Not according to nutritionist Melissa Matthews. “People use juice cleanses to ‘flush out toxins’, ‘speed up their metabolism’ and ‘enhance their health’. The fact is there’s little proof that the diet – essentially fasting – delivers any of these promises.” So don’t waste your time and make a lifestyle change and eat better overall instead.
3. Organisational psychologist: Stop automatically answering when I ask how you are
It’s important to get the most out of your psychologist so simply replying with “I’ve been really busy” when they ask how you are is an auto response and is stopping the professional from being able to help you. Organisational psychologist Kelly Maniatis from Left Field Consulting Services says she wishes clients would take time to really think about how they are. “I’d really love them to evaluate, stop and reflect on how they are, and use that to make the necessary changes in their lives so they feel empowered, believe in themselves and actually have some fun! They definitely are worthy of it!”
4. Doctor: Getting things treated before thorough diagnosis
You look down at your leg and freeze: you have a spider vein and, let’s be honest, you’re desperate to get rid of it ASAP. But halt! Knee-jerk reactions can be dangerous if you don’t have all the information. Dr Nick Kemp from The Leg Vein Doctor says even with teeny-looking spider veins there could be a larger factor at play. “Get an ultrasound first,” he advises. “Even ‘minor’ spider veins could have larger incompetent veins causing them, which may not be noticeable on the surface of the skin. Treating the visible spider veins without first tackling those reticular veins could lead to complications such as unsightly matting or pigmentation and so jeopardise getting the best results possible for your legs."
5. Massage therapist: Don’t stress about getting your kit off (or leaving it on!)
These guys are all trained to work around your clothing or body bits. “We want you to be comfortable,” says massage therapist Amy Wittner. “We can work around as much or as little clothing as you want to keep on or take off. We are PROS at towel draping!” So don’t stress and do what you’re comfy with. It’s supposed to be a relaxing experience, after all!
Integrity Paramedical Skin Practitioners
15/1932-1974 Logan Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt | P (07) 3849 4111
The Leg Vein Doctor
465 Milton Rd, Auchenflower QLD | (07) 3720 9912
Left Field Consulting Services
(07) 3716 0165