In order to live a better life, you may need to become a healthier person. When it comes to health you have to include not only physical but spiritual and emotional health as well. Here are some of the habits that people have adopted in order to become healthier and to live a better life.
Have What You Want, But Practice Portion Control
Individuals often fail at healthier eating because they want to limit what they eat. While you may be able to lose weight by eating this way short term, in the long run, you will fail. Denying what you want short term may allow you to practice self-control, but eventually, you will end up just giving in and binging. A much healthier way to eat is to practice portion control. Don’t deny yourself a certain food even if you are trying to lose weight. Instead, eat whatever you want, but don’t eat as much as you want. By practicing portion control you may be able to satisfy your cravings without going overboard.
Get Rid Of Negative Influences
We may not always mean to let negative influences in, but somehow it just happens. Before you know it you could have several individuals in your life that are hurting your emotional health rather than helping it. While it can be difficult, you need to kick these negative influences out of your life. Replace them with people that build you up, not tear you down. This might mean deleting a few people from your social media pages or not hanging out with a coworker after work anymore. Whoever it is, limit your time around them if you find that they are a negative influence in your life.
Be Physically Active Every day
It’s difficult to become healthier if you aren’t physically active in some way. Each day, do something to get your heart rate up. Take a 15-minute walk around the block, go for a run or jump some rope in your backyard. The key is to do a little bit of physical activity every day so that you get in the habit of doing it. Eventually, you will see that it will pay off even though it only takes up a little bit of your time.
Limit Your Social Media Time
Social media can be a great way to keep up with what’s going on in your friend’s and family’s lives, but at the end of the day, it usually does more harm than good. You may find that there’s a lot of negative things on social media. Also, it can be rather addicting scrolling through it all. You might find that you only meant to check your social media page once a day for a few minutes, but that you are actually on it for hours at a time. It’s a good idea to limit how much you are on social media. If you are having a hard time doing so, set a timer and once it goes off, you’re done. If you are wanting to go one step further, take a hiatus from social media for a day or two so that you can break the habit and not feel the need to check it constantly.
Have Alone Time
Everyone needs alone time. It can be just what you need to recharge and to get in a healthier headspace. Set aside some time to practice yoga, meditate or just read a good book. During this time, turn the ringer off on your phone and just enjoy the silence and stillness of being alone.
Create A Healthy Home Environment
It can be hard to be healthy if your home isn’t conducive to that. Create an environment that allows you to practice a healthy lifestyle. Stock it with plenty of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat snacks. Get rid of clutter and anything else that makes you feel as if the walls are closing in. Have a few pieces of exercise equipment that you can use while watching TV like free weights, an exercise bike or even a balance ball. Overall, your home environment should feel like a calm, inviting place that you look forward to going to after a long day.
Practice Random Acts Of Kindness
You’d be amazed at how helping someone can make your feel. Practicing random acts of kindness can be great for your overall health. It doesn’t have to be large gestures, even little ones will be good for both you and the recipient. You can do small things like giving a bottle of water to a construction worker near your house or larger gestures like volunteering to help paint an elderly neighbor’s house.
As you can see, there are many habits you can adopt in order to become a healthier person. The key to making these habits stick is to try not to adopt too many of them at once. Start with a few habits a week and slowly add in more as you feel comfortable doing so. Just remember that it may take a while to become a healthier person, but in the end, you will be glad that you put in all of the hard work.