Too Much of 10 Good Things that Can Harm

When it comes to good things, you want to be sure they’re actually good for you. But sometimes, especially if they’re overdone, some of these good things can actually cause harm. Following are 12 good things which can cause harm if done in excess.

Good things


To exercise, you could think of going to the gym. When you overdo the exercises at the gym, it’s likely to harm important parts of your body such as joints and the heart, and tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Women overdoing exercise are likely to miss their periods, or lose bone mass, leading to osteoporosis.
Now the question is – what is too much? When the workouts you undergo make you feel rundown, irritable, having difficulties in sleeping, focusing, eating, etc, you should check out and speak to a pro.


You need to sleep seven to eight hours. Studies show that if you sleep longer than eight hours, there’s more risk (34%) of death because of heart-related issues. Too much of sleep also results in problems in focus, higher blood sugar and weight gain.

Saying no

You should say ‘no’ when you actually need to. Check before you say no, consider where you’re going, how it’s going to benefit you. Be firm and say ‘no’ , ensuring you don’t need to account for your refusal.

Washing hands

Washing your hands is a good habit to get rid of germs and ensures good hygiene. However, if you do too much of hand washing, it can cause harm.  Research shows that too much washing can lead to wounding your skin and germs will get a chance to come into contact and thrive there.

Consuming antibiotics

Antibiotics are prescribed to get rid of harmful bacteria causing infection and diseases. However, if you consume antibiotics too often, the bacteria may get acquainted with them and thus become resistant to the medication. See a physician before you start consuming antibiotics.

Healthy food

Healthy food is essential for building, maintenance and repair of the systems in the body. You should consume healthy food regularly for good health. However, if you overdo it, it can cause high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, rise in cholesterol, problems in bones and joints, problems in sleeping, and depression. If the intake of food is more than  the calories you can dissipate, it leads to gain in weight, which may increase the potential risk of heart disease and stroke.

Drinking water

Drinking too much water is not good as well. When you consume a lot of water, the kidneys can’t act fast and remove the additional fluid quickly, leading to a fall in blood sodium to an alarming level. Such condition is known as hyponatremia. This leads to weakness, headache, nausea and fatigue. In severe cases, it’s likely to cause coma, seizures, and even death. If you’re a professional athlete exercising for long hours, you’re at higher risk.


Vitamins are good for your health. However, consuming more of them can lead to problems. For example, too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps. Excess consumption  of vitamin A can cause vision issues, while too much vitamin D weakens muscles and leads to heart problems, and vitamins K and E may result bleeding. Ensure you see your doctor before your start consuming vitamins, and abide by your doctor’s advice.

Too much work

If you feel you should work always and prefer to work instead of spending time with relationships, it may keep you away from your family, which is not good.

Having sex

When you focus too much of your attention on sex, it’s likely to affect your everyday life including productivity and your relationships negatively. Your excessive feeling for sex could also be because of certain medications. Hence,  see your doctor or go for professional counseling.

Using the smartphone

Your smartphone is an effective tool: it boosts your productivity, makes many of your personal jobs easier. However, overusing your smartphone can affect your everyday life. It may impair sleep quality, the functionality of your brain, and your mood.
Schedule your work properly. Fix time intervals for each task. Whenever you’re not on the task,  turn your device off. Interact with friends and family to keep you away from the device.

People pleaser

You feel good when you make people happy. However, it’s sensible to be aware of doing it when you really need to do it. Or, you might be considered to be too much yielding to people’s influence. If you just do it to make them happy, it may bring you unhappiness.


Research shows that the number of people who’re in friendship with an individual can be 150 to 200. And the number of those who are your true friends is minuscule, hovering around a single digit number. So you can actually have an excess of friends who can be harmful for you.


Even good things when overdone bring harm: the sensible way is to do them in a limited way. Seek help from a professional where needed. This also saves you from  potential anxiety later.