We’ve all got them; bad health habits. Whether you’re someone who has a sweet tooth, or that can eat crisps for your country, or maybe you smoke or drink too much. There are things that we can all do to improve our physical and mental health.
We often develop these bad health habits when we’re young. Feeling invincible and seeing the future as some far off and distant thing. But then as we age, these habits can take their toll.
In this article, we’ll discuss the bad health habits that could have a detrimental effect on your life and what you can do that.
Giving Up Smoking
Smoking is a habit that is not easy to break. If you’re a smoker, the chances are that you’ve tried before to quit the habit. But with so many severe health problems caused by smoking, it is worth persevering with it even if you fail the first few times.
There are many ways to give up, and it is important that you try different methods until you find the technique that works best for you. This might involve slowly cutting down on the amount that you smoke. It could be that you want to try and go completely cold turkey. Or, you may decide to use an alternative method such as using nicotine gum or even vaping.
Do you struggle to exercise? Have you tried to implement a fitness routine but have failed several times? You’re not alone. Many people struggle to find a regime that works well for them.
Physical activity is essential to our health in so many ways. But it’s not just our physical health that it benefits. Activity aids in the production of endorphins. This feel-good hormone can help to lower your stress levels, reduce anxiety, and help fight depression.
There are two things to consider when establishing an exercise routine. Firstly, if you have failed to stick to a regime, it might be because you have not been able to find a form of exercise that you can stick to. Secondly, you should remember that routines take a while to become habits.
Stop and think about what you want from your exercise. Are you aiming to improve your general fitness? Do you want to lose weight? Are you looking to tone up your muscles?
Then think about what type of person you are. If you enjoy being around other people, then a team sport might suit you best. Instead of forcing yourself to spend time alone in the gym, find a sports team that you can join and enjoy your sport with a group.
If you find that you struggle to get into a routine, remember that it takes a month to form many habits. Keep pushing on until it becomes a natural part of your day.
Reducing The Amount That You Drink
Many of us enjoy a drink. In fact, it’s more than socially acceptable to go out for a few drinks. In some parts of our society, it is considered a way of life. A couple of drinks here and there can be good for lowering your stress levels. There are constantly new stories and studies published about how a single glass of wine or a small beer each day is good for your health.
If you’re someone that likes to go out for big night’s out, and you struggle to know when the evening should come to an end, then you should consider taking decisive action to make a change.
Knowing when to stop can be difficult when you’re drunk. If you have a fear of missing out, why not be the designated driver once in a while? You can still enjoy the company of your friends and dance the night away, but you’ll have no hangover, and you can give your liver a chance to recover.
Getting Enough Sleep
If you’re not getting sleep on a night, then it can have a major knock-on effect on the rest of your life. A lack of sleep can cause stress and depression. It can cause you problems functioning in your daily life.
To improve the quality of your sleep, switch off your phone on a night. For the last hour before you go to bed, avoid all screens. Instead, spend some time with a good book, have a bath, and think about taking up practicing meditation on a night. If you still can’t sleep, sprinkle some lavender oil on your pillow, and that will do the trick.