If you want a happy and healthy life you can change everything with some minor habit changes, like those mentioned in this article.
If you want to live a happier and healthier life you may need to change some common habits that are holding you back. To help you, here are some bad habits and how to correct them for a better quality of life moving forward:
Not Drinking Enough Water
Not drinking enough water can have a surprisingly detrimental effect on the body. Not only can it cause headaches, dizziness, etc but it can also affect digestion, concentration and more.
It’s extremely important to ensure you’re getting enough water into your body. Once you get into the habit, you won’t be able to live without it!
Keeping A Cluttered House
Clutter, clutter, clutter! We all hate clutter, but where are we going to put it all? Most of us simply have too much stuff! There’s a simple solution – renting a self storage unit can be a great way to offload all that extra randomness in your home and get it out from under your feet.
By storing everything away, you can sort through it and get rid of the unwanted nonsense in your own time. But reclaiming your home is the first step.
If you want to take it another step, look into the benefits of minimalism for not only the mind, but the body too. Start here.
Not Sleeping Well
Sleep hygiene is a thing. Cleaning up your sleep routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself. This involves many different things, but getting into a regular sleep pattern, leaving the devices at the bedroom door, and many more easy switches all help you to protect the most important part of your day.
Better sleep leads to a more productive and fulfilling day.
Not Moving Enough
Get your body moving! We’re all living more sedentary lives now – even if we work physical jobs we still come home and slouch on the sofa after a long day.
But if you work in an office or at home, then chances are that you’re barely moving at all throughout the day. That’s really not great and it’s probable that you’re already feeling the effects.
Things like back and muscle pains, joint aches, etc are all commonplace amongst our seated population.
The trick is to get up and move your body about as much and as often as you can. Even if that’s just a short walk at some point during the day, it all makes a difference!
Not Being Social Enough
In the age of the internet, it’s all too easy to spend more time speaking to your friends over a messaging app than it is to actually see them face-to-face. Especially since Covid restrictions have come into effect.
But you absolutely must get out and see people as much as you can, loneliness is an epidemic in our society and even the most introverted of us can do more to help ourselves in that respect. It isn’t easy but the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Working Too Much
One bad thing about working from home is that you don’t bring your work home, it’s just ALWAYS there. There’s always that nagging feeling that you could be doing more, putting an extra hour in after the kids have gone to bed, etc.
These are unhealthy habits and before you know it you’re working an extra 3 hours a day and sacrificing your sanity for a few extra quid. Let me tell you that it isn’t worth it.
Avoiding Professional Help
Keep a stiff upper lip they say! Well actually they don’t say that anymore, we’re not living in Victorian Britain. But somehow we’re all still trained to keep our problems to ourselves.
Getting professional help can be equivocal to a miracle if you’re really struggling in your life. You don’t know the benefits it can have on your life until you really try it and give your all to the process.
Smoking & Drinking Too Much
Smoking and drinking are two of the worst habits you can have. Smoking is extremely unhealthy and is proven to shorten your life by at least 10 years according to the NHS.
Excessive drinking, however, is almost as bad as smoking. Most people don’t know that there is a strong scientific consensus that unhealthy habits when it comes to alcohol causes many different types of cancers.
On top of that, alcohol is a depressant, so if you’re feeling low it won’t be helping you to drown your sorrows – you’ll only make them more sorrowful.
Too Much Screen Time
Oooooh, look at that – oh! And that! Just keep scrolling! 5 more minutes!
We all know how it goes. We humans are pretty defenseless when it comes to our electronic devices. You’re probably reading this right now on your phone.
Reducing screen time will not only help you get to sleep easier, but will also help give your brain and eyes more of a rest. Read a book or go outside or something – it will be fine I promise!
Not Wearing SPF
It’s cloudy, you don’t need SPF right? Mmmmmmm no. SPF not only protects your skin from UVB rays that burn your skin, but also from UVA rays that can age you. One of the biggest regrets of older people is not wearing SPF on a regular, even daily, basis.
Getting into a skincare routine that includes SPF can save you from looking like a wrinkled old prune when you’re older (not that there’s anything wrong with that if that’s what you want!). Just wear SPF, even on cloudy days, you’ll thank us!
“Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” – Beyoncé
The unhealthy habits above can be changed so easily if you have the right mindset and you get the right help. Don’t try changing them all at once, but do consider switching a few things up because you deserve a healthier and happier life and you can achieve it by ditching those unhealthy habits.