18 Tricks To a Healthier You, Bad Habits Be Gone!
There’s more to being healthy mentally and physically than just eating right and exercising. In fact, there are a ton of habits in our everyday lives that contribute to our overall well being. Luckily, with just a few small life changes you can feel better and happier in no time at all. From the negative effects of technology and social media to your spending and the shoes you’re wearing, have a look at 18 bad habits that you can easily kick for a healthier you.
Picking at junk food throughout your day might be easy and oh so tempting, but it’s also extremely harmful to your health. Fortunately though, snacking itself isn’t all that bad. Just ditch saturated fat, sugar, refined carbs and sodium, and switch to healthy snacks to boost nutrition, control cravings, lose weight, and avoid energy slumps. Also, wait to eat until your body is physically craving food, rather than because you’re bored, stressed or sad, and stop eating before you’re stuffed. Plan snacks like you do meals: eat your healthy snack on a plate or from a bowl, with a glass of water, and sit down at the table to enjoy it.
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#2 Cut Down On TV
We all love TV and there’s nothing wrong with the odd Netflix binge, but regularly sitting for hours in front of the box increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Try watching your favourite shows when you’re on the treadmill or commute instead.
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#3 Stop Skipping Breakfast
Sometimes grabbing a coffee for breakfast seems like the only option when you’re pressed for time, but this bad habit results in lower energy levels, snacking and overeating at lunch.
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#4 The Wrong Shoes
Fashion should never trump comfort. Walking long distances in heels or even other formal work shoes can have negative long-term effects on your feet and back. Choose a good pair of supportive trainers and save those killer heels for work, events and parties only.
#5 Empty Calories
Steer clear of foods high in sugar, fat, and oil. While these might have loads of calories, they provide few, if any, nutrients that your body can use.
#6 Being a Night Owl
Don’t burn the midnight oil, no matter how tempting it is to stay up on a weeknight watching videos on YouTube. Ensure you go to bed at a regular time and get 6-8 hours of quality sleep to keep your immune system strong.
#7 Be Happy
Perhaps the key to good overall health is a healthy and fresh mind. You mental state can have a huge effect on everything from your immune system to your physical ability. Avoid stress triggers and focus on protecting your own happiness.
#8 Wearing Headphones
For many people headphones are their sole companions for a lot of the day, while commuting, passing time, or at the gym. And while we all love to throw on a pair of earphones and chill out with our favourite music or a good podcast, it’s important to avoid cutting yourself off from the world for hours on end.
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#9 Heavy Bag
Lugging around your whole world wherever you go, because you can’t afford to miss a single thing, is really bad for your back, neck and posture. Do yourself a favour and empty that back. You’ll feel lighter and more free both physically and mentally.
#10 Medicine Reliance
Always popping a pill for regular headaches and other bodily ailments isn’t a good habit to get into. Usually there’s a reason for your problem and oftentimes medication just masks that. Focus on good dieting and getting lots of rest instead of always reaching for the medicine box, or go to your GP doctor and get a checkup.
This one is for all the shopaholics out there. Money worries can have serious health consequences including high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, headaches, digestive troubles, aches and pains, ulcers, excessive smoking and drinking, and gaining or losing weight. Change your ways and you’ll feel more in control of your life with less stress!
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#12 Sun Worshipping
As much as we all want to get a lovely holiday tan, sunbathing contributes to the aging of your skin, leading to earlier wrinkles, blotches, freckles, and discolorations. More importantly, sunburns contribute significantly to cancers of the skin. Stay safe in the sun.
#13 Rarely Flossing
You’ve probably been hearing your dentist moan on about this since forever, but they are right to. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and keeps your teeth and gums looking good, and it may even stave off non-mouth-related diseases too!
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#14 Boring Workouts
Vary your workout and exercise routines to avoid boredom and your body adapting too much. Start with something as simple as changing the route of your morning’s walk or creating a new workout soundtrack to add more oomph to your present routine.
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#15 Stop the Digital Memories
These days pretty much everyone is guilty of this at one time or another. We’ve all been to concerts where spectators watched through a smartphone camera rather than experiencing the real action. Taking more pictures and videos at an event, however, may make it more difficult to remember the actual goings on, so try to make stronger mental memories from taking part instead.
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#16 Reduce Social Media
Instantaneous connection over-stimulates us, lessens our experiences and feelings, impacts attention, demands immediate gratification and expectations at the press of a button. This experience can foster anxiety and depression so try taking a break from social media for a chunk of your day to foster real, face-to-face connections.
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#17 Me Time
Neglecting time for yourself is a very common but bad habit. Book at least 15 minutes each day for you, you and no one else but you. You deserve and need it.
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Often procrastination results from feelings of fear, stress and anxiety, and constantly putting things off only further lowers your mental well being. Getting things done now rather than later can have the total opposite effect, so kick the habit now!