Work Your Way out of Bad Habits Into Good Health
Whether it’s something small like nibbling at our nails when we’re nervous or something more troublesome like a drinking problem, we all have bad habits. However, it’s the worrying ones that need to be removed if we want to live a healthy life. Replacing bad habits with good ones can be difficult especially if it’s innately addictive such as smoking or eating fast food. There could also be environmental or social reasons for doing so. For instance, maybe stress causes you to smoke on a regular basis or perhaps eating fast food is more convenient than cooking meals.
Unfortunately, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle then these are things that have to be changed. Here are a couple of considerations to think about if you’ve picked up some bad habits over the years, and a few tips on how to break them and replace them with better ones for the sake of your own health.
Depression from an injury
If you’ve experienced an accident in the past, then handling those health issues can be especially troublesome. However, the best way to get over it and maintain better health is to simply get out there and live your life as you once did. For instance, if visiting the gym has become more difficult due to your health issues, then consider going back to the gym or working out from home with the help of a friend until you can build up the confidence required to do it on a regular basis on your own. Acknowledge that you had a health problem or an injury and work your way back—don’t let it ruin you!
A drinking problem
There are many ways to stop drinking on a regular basis, but a lot of them require external help and some tips just aren’t practical. In addition, alcohol doesn’t seem like an issue until we start seeing signs of liver damage or until our friends tell us that we’ve been acting strangely. First, make sure that your friends and family know that you plan to stop drinking so they can help you. You don’t want to turn down drinks or tell people you don’t want to go out without a reason. Next, you need to realise that you can’t completely cut the alcohol. Instead, slowly reduce the amount you drink. Go from drinking 4 beers to just 2, or stop drinking alcohol with every meal and limit it to just your dinner.
Smoking is one of the most dangerous and addictive habits you can pick up. Not only is it damaging to your health, but it can also be damaging to the people around you. Positivity is the key to quitting smoking, so surround yourself with helpful friends and make sure you actively avoid areas with heavy smokers. Try to identify when you actually smoke and what triggers it. Perhaps it’s your nerves or anxiety, maybe it’s stress that causes it and sometimes it could be a lack of entertainment that prompts you to pull out a cigarette. The key to quitting any bad habit is to realise why you have those habits in the first place.