We all have bad habits. It's part of being human. Some bad habits have stayed with us since we were kids. Others we developed years later as struggling adults just trying to cope with our lives, like binge eating and drinking too much on the weekends. It may have started off as fun or experimental, but it no longer feels good and it's hard to kick!
Here are 3 bad habits I come across (a lot) and 3 easy tips to make 'em better, if not down right good.
TAKE A LOOK AT
DITCH 15 MINUTES OF SCREEN-TIME FOR MORE OUTDOORS-TIME
Ditch 15 minutes of screen-time for some outdoors-time, then go back to your screen and see it with new eyes.
There is no doubt that nature clears our minds and for good reason. There is growing evidence that being in nature actually alters our brain chemistry.
So the next time you're about to take a walk in the great outdoors, but only after you "just check your Facebook for a sec" or you "just read a few new emails" only to wake up bleary eyed three hours later when it's already dark. Ditch the (just doing) such and such. Your Facebook posts and emails are going nowhere!
You'll notice that once you step outside, your entire nervous system will relax and if you breathe in and get in touch with your senses, then when you do go back to your screen, you'll see it with new eyes and you'll feel less addicted.
Try it! You may actually say "what the heck, I'll check these tomorrow" and just step out into the refreshing outdoors... Imagine!
PACK HEALTHY SNACKS TO AVOID BINGEING AT THE QUICKIE MARTS
We've all been there. That moment when our blood sugar is so low that the thought of anything that even slightly resembles food is appealing. Yep, even highly processed factory foods at Quickie Marts.
Instead of putting yourself in this position, pre-pack your snacks before you leave home so you never have to race around the convenience store shaking like a drug addict going cold turkey, ever again.
Pack some healthy trail mix (pumpkin seeds, craisins, almonds, sunflower seeds), low sugar protein bars, a bag of raw nuts and bananas. Any type of healthy foods you love. You'll avoid the blood sugar roller coaster, the sweaty manic panic and the factory food trans fats that are ubiquitous in convenient store quickies.
CARRY A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE EVERYWHERE YOU GO!
This is so key to optimum health. And really, it's so simple. Nobody wants to be addicted to unhealthy sodas and juices. If there is one bad habit that is sure to backfire, it's thinking that sugary sodas, sugary ice teas and energy drinks are substitutes for water because they're, after all, liquid, right? .... Wrong!
There are all kinds of additives, flavoring and copious amounts of added sugars in store-bought beverages. They're packaged very attractive for a reason. They're meant to steer you away from free tap or filtered water to boost the bottom line of their companies.
Don't fall for it!
These product ingredients all too often diminish the effects of hydration that regular water would have.
If you're thirsty, drink water.....If you're not thirsty, drink water.....When you first wake in the morning, drink water.....When you open the fridge and you're not hungry, drink water. Drinking water regularly throughout the day is the best habit you can make.
So buy a big metal or glass water bottle in your favorite color or design and fill it up with free tap water or filtered water all day long. You'll notice what a difference hydration makes you feel.
Even if you managed to make "one" of these substitutes this week, I'm talking even just one of these three, that's fabulous! The more you practice a new habit, the sooner it will become second nature and the sooner it will replace the old one and just be automatic.
the urge to quit a destructive habit is your brain's last bit of resistance to crossing the threshold into a new, healthy habit. What this means for you, is that your new habit is really, truly sticking and soon it will feel more effort-less than, EVER!
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