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Making the Switch to Healthier Habits

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Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where our lifestyle choices can hinder our lives’ journey. The choices we make in terms of our health and wellbeing can affect us differently. Sometimes these habits develop without us even realising. Maybe it’s our circumstances that dictate it. Or simply we just have made a wrong decision and then decide not to make the change. However, developing healthier habits can be beneficial to our well-being and how we feel on a day-to-day basis. With that in mind, here are some of the easiest ways you could do it.


Does your diet need looking at?

The first thing to think about would be whether or not you have the right diet in place. We can all be guilty of reaching for those convenience foods when life is busy or just choosing to eat things that are not particularly good for us. This is when the diet can go out of the window. But it shouldn’t be about losing weight, and it should be more about having the right balance with the food you eat and getting the proper nutrients and vitamins from your diet to give your body precisely what it needs to function. There is a lot of information online about how to have a balanced diet and the right foods to be eating. 

Do you have a vice you want to give up? 

We all have vices and bad habits that we want to rid ourselves of now and again. Smoking is one of them, and while it can be a tricky thing to give up, there are some great methods out there to help you do it. You might want to consider a healthier habit and switch to vaping instead.  Or perhaps speak with a doctor to see what other methods are available. Some even go cold turkey, but it can take a lot of willpower and determination to see it through. Alcohol is another vice that we can all be a little reliant on at times. Reaching for that drink too often and knowing that you perhaps need the glass rather than enjoying it. Getting rid of the temptation is a good place to start with alcohol, and keeping a good stock of non-alcoholic drinks that you want can help you make the switch. 

How often do you exercise?

When was the last time you exercised? Probably not for a while if you are starting to question your lifestyle. Exercising forms a big part of a general healthy lifestyle, and so you may want to consider how often and when you decide to exercise and be more active. It isn’t about joining a gym and trying out grueling aerobic classes or sweating away on a treadmill. Being active could mean a brisk walk. It could mean a run in the park, an at-home workout you follow on YouTube or even simple yoga positions in the garden. It is all about making a choice. 

There are many healthy habits you might want to change up. Drinking more water, taking better care of yourself and your mindset. Often just starting on this quest can have a knock-on effect in other areas of your life. 

The simplest way to make a change is to start today and give it your wholehearted committment.  If you need support to hold you accountable, get your loved ones involved or join a support group.  

If you are not sure what bad habits you have that you would like to change, take a pen and a piece of paper and have a good think about your everyday routine.  You could look at areas such as diet, exercise, how much time you spend on your mobile phone or social media, whether you spend to much time worrying about the future etc.  Then be practical and set yourself a realistic, achievable goal, such as only going on Facebook for 1hr a day or going for a walk twice a week.

They say that it takes anywhere between 18 to 265 days to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic.  So why not start something new today that moves you in the direction of onwards and upwards improvement in your life?  

Until next time



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