Let’s face it. We are all creatures of habit. And while our intention is to do the best for our health, a bit of laziness, traits and habits all get in the way, doesn’t it? The problem with bad habits is that they start off innocently enough as habits which make our life easy. For instance, not having to brush our teeth twice a day is easy to adapt.
After all, we tell ourselves, we are doing our duty to our body by brushing once. There are hundreds of other habits where we have managed to take the short cut which in turn compromises on adopting a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few tips that can help throw out those bad habits and put us on the road to wellness.
1. Break your long-term health goals into smaller, achievable ones:-
If you smoke two packs of cigarettes a day and want to desperately reduce the amount, don’t set yourself drastic goals such as “I shall quit in a month”. That will only set in the typical “cold turkey” effect and you will find yourself back to square one. Instead, reduce your daily number of smokes and keep a weekly target. It’s okay to fall short of achieving your goal on sometimes but if you hit a mean average you are on the way of finally throwing out your bad habit.
2. Tell someone you trust:-
Change is always tough and adapting to a healthy lifestyle as hard. Confide in someone you trust about your health goals – your spouse, partner or a close friend. With the support, encouragement and the interest they shown in your intentions, you will find it easier to achieve your goals.
3. Allow yourself to cheat once in a while:-
Yes, you read that right. Don’t be too hard on yourself because absolute denial or an unforgiving routine tends to make you rebel in achieving your health goals. For example, if you have avoided sweets an entire week and you find yourself staring at your favourite dessert at a party, allow yourself a treat. But be sure to get back to cutting down on sweets in the days that follow. That way, you keep both your body and mind happy!
4. Break the TV habit in favour of leisure activities: –
Tell yourself that you have to watch one or two of your favourite shows. Delete binge watching over the weekends. Instead, find something interesting or creative to do, better still some hobby you have been putting off for quite a while like painting, gardening, cooking, even catching up on your reading. Go for a long walk when you catch yourself extending TV watching time. Or busy yourself with housework, spring cleaning – whatever takes you away from the idiot box
Above all, get that 30 minute of exercise every day, eat healthy food, snack healthy and take a break from routine once in a while. Done over a period of time, bad habits can become a thing of the past!