How many times have you told yourself that you are about to start a new diet, so you clear out all of the cupboards of junk food by eating it?

What if you did this when you decide to start saving money? So, if you wanted to start saving up every month, you started this off by spending every penny you have. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? This is because the cycle of starting a diet is, for you, a negative one.

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You need to bust the bad habits that you have and learn how to look after your health without sabotaging yourself to do it. Your body is perfectly capable of doing all the things that you want it to do, so it’s time to start showing it some respect. Aside from adding healthy cooking to our day and using our lunch hours to go for a walk, there are plenty of other habits you may be adopting that you could start to change. Here are a few of them:

  • Bad Posture. I bet that the second you read the words ‘bad posture’, you immediately sat up a little straighter. It’s the natural thing to do, and this alone can tell you that your posture isn’t as good as it should be. Poor posture can be hard going on the spine and affect the balance of your body. Sit straighter, and you give yourself more room to breathe.
  • Smoking. It’s one that will forever be brought up in conversation, but these days everyone already knows what smoking can do to your health. So, instead of hearing why, choose to switch to a vape with flavoured vape juice. You can do so much better with kicking your addiction if you have something to keep your hands busy.
  • Overeating. You’re not hungry, but you grab the family-size bag of chocolate and head for the couch for a movie night. This is called overeating. You need to learn to eat mindfully, listening to your body and its hunger cues. Once you learn these, you can snap out of the bad habit that has formed. There is no such thing as good food or bad food, just fuel and how you use it for your body. Don’t be afraid to stop snacking around meals if you don’t feel hungry.
  • Staying Up. When you’ve had a full day of work and kids, you need at least an hour to yourself. You can get this easily if you stay up later. However, this then affects the quality of your sleep. You need a restful block of sleep every night if you plan to be a functioning human being, so start going to bed at a decent hour and eventually, this will be your new (good) habit.

Breaking bad habits takes time and is not easy, but that doesn’t mean that it cannot be done. Take the time to work out where you’re going wrong and you will be able to live a much healthier life.

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Brittany is a blogger who loves to do stories on people who make a difference in the world. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 in Sociology and currently works part time as a Social Worker.

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