Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Negative Routines and How to Change Them

People can fall into all kinds of bad habits, and it's often tricky to get out of them on your own. I know this first hand after being diagnosed with depression last year. I am delighted to say that now, the majority of the time, I am me again. I have managed to change how I feel with changes in my lifestyle as well as medication. The biggest change that I have made is exercising. I find that I feel so much better in myself when I take regular exercise. This in turn has resulted in healthier eating and drinking more water. This and having a good routine in place has had a huge effect.

If you, a friend, partner, or family member needs help, why not take the first step to get back on track? Here are some examples of the kinds of negative habits people commonly develop, and some top tips to help them break the cycle. 

Eating Junk Food and Unhealthy Eating

With a lot of options when it comes to ready meals and snacks, and thanks to our busy modern lifestyles, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of eating the wrong kind of food. Healthier eating is something you can start together, as a family, by planning nutritious meals you'd like to cook, and purging tempting treats from the home. But with friends and family members it can be trickier. One great option is to get them a subscription with a healthy snack delivery service, or a fruit and veg box supplier. Healthy treats are often just as delicious as their naughty counterparts, and people often find that good, whole food fills them up quicker than junk food too. A lot of unhealthy foods have a high sugar content which can cause huge energy slumps which in turn bring you down.

Failing to Exercise


It can seem hard to break into the process of exercising on your own. That's why reaching out to people and organising fitness sessions together can really help you to stick to your goals. Encourage loved ones to join you in fun sporting activities or swim outings to make sure that you all feel motivated enough to continue. Having a specific goal to train for can also really help, so look into fun runs or cycling events in your area to forge a great team spirit. I have found that joining a fitness class has given me endless encouragement. I have even started the NHS Couch to 5k plan!

Smoking

It's no secret that smoking has a terrible effect on your health, but once people have developed the habit it can be really hard to quit. Explaining to a loved one just how much you care about them, and want to see them stay healthy, can help to make them take the right path. Another great idea is to encourage them with an e-cigarette starter kit. This can help to deal with nicotine cravings, while also supplying some great flavours and a familiar tactile experience. I used to smoke and remember how I always had the chesty cough and felt generally unhealthy. Since quitting 9 years ago I have not looked back! It is easier to stop than you think!

So there you have it - these are just three examples of how to take on bad habits and win. So why not think of how you can help the ones you love with their cruxes today, and start to address the problem together.





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