We’re all guilty of unhealthy habits. Even if you steer clear of junk food or cigarettes, there might be small aspects of your lifestyle that are contributing to a poor standard of health. You need to think of all the small things like forgetting to floss every day or being sedentary for too long at work or home. None of us can be one-hundred percent healthy one-hundred percent of the time, but, when you let those unhealthy decisions become unhealthy habits, that’s when it starts to have a long-term effect on your well-being. If you’re guilty of the unhealthy habits I am going to discuss in this article then I’ll give some advice as to how you can improve your daily decisions.
3 Unhealthy Habits that You Need to Break Now:
We’re all bombarded with information about healthy eating but it’s impossible to know what you can and can’t eat. Many people go from one extreme to the other; they think a diet entails that one should starve themselves in order to lose weight, but a good diet is balanced. It’s not about eating less or restricting yourself to fruit and vegetables. You need variety and a full diet that can sustain you. The goal is moderation. You’re even allowed the occasional treat if it remains occasional. You need fruit on a daily basis for fiber and other nutrients, but you also need food groups that can give you carbohydrates (e.g. vegetables), calcium (e.g. milk), and the list goes on. Additionally, you shouldn’t ever skip breakfast. Remember, eating less doesn’t always mean you’re going to get healthier. It’s about eating fewer bad things. Read: Bad Eating Habits that Cause Weight Gain
Most of us are guilty of neglecting sleep in the modern world because we’re all such busy people. There isn’t enough time to sleep and still get everything done in the day, right? Wrong. Health always needs to come first. And, ironically, you probably find it hard to squeeze everything into the average day because you’re tired and your body isn’t functioning at its full potential. You need to stop neglecting sleep. And that doesn’t just mean you need to get 8 hours of rest every night; the quality of your sleep counts too. You might want to try a different sleep position or get a new mattress if you’re waking up with aches and pains even after getting enough sleep. Sleep is essential for your body’s recovery but it won’t be able to recover if you’re not comfortable or supported. Read: Weight and Sleep: What’s Keeping You Up at Night?
You might also want to avoid technology before bed because straining your eyes to look at screens and over-stimulating your mind are both things that will make it harder for your brain to shut down. You should be winding down in the lead up to bedtime because your body and mind both need to relax in order to drift off to sleep more easily. Reading a book, for example, is a much better way to cool off before you doze off (again, you should ensure you read with a soft lighting from a lamp on your bedside table in order to avoid eye-strain). You might not be an insomniac after all; you might just be over-stimulating your mind in the evening.
Ignoring your mental health.
As a final piece of advice, don’t neglect your thoughts. The state of your mind is just as important as the state of your body. However, we often forget that because you can’t see an unwell mind in the same way as you can see an unwell body. It’s important that you check in with yourself on a regular basis to see how your mental health is doing. If you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or even depression then you should talk to somebody about how you’re feeling. Meditation can help too, but there’s no greater medication than sharing your feelings with another human being. Read: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Weight
In good health,
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.