It’s difficult to break certain habits. They become a part of your daily routine and you don’t intend to change them, but some of your habits — like always taking that extra cookie from the break room or staying up too late each night — can be detrimental to your overall health. You need to break them, but how? Here are five easy ways to change your unhealthy habits.
Inconsistent Sleeping Habits
This is a hard habit to break, but sleep is important for your physical and mental health. Millions don’t get enough sleep and when they do sleep, it’s often in harmful positions. To improve your sleeping habits, ditch caffeine. Don’t watch television or look at your iPhone before heading to bed. Avoid alcohol at nighttime. Finally, try to sleep on your back, supporting your spine at all times.
Biting Your Nails
Nail-biting is a bad habit that usually forms in one’s childhood and sustains in their adult life. But the habit can damage your teeth and expose your mouth to germs. To fix this unhealthy habit, determine what is triggering the action. Is it a nervous habit? Do you bite your nails while driving or when you feel anxious? Try something new, like chewing bubblegum, sitting on your hands, clasping your hands together, etc., to break the habit.
We need to drink water for our body’s systems to work normally. For example, water regulates our temperature, lubricates joints, and protects our spinal cord and other sensitive tissues. To drink more water, always keep a large water bottle with you. Incorporate more water-containing foods into your diet, including grapefruits, oranges, apples, pears, celery, iceberg lettuce, green cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and more.
Bad Eating Habits
Everyone tends to eat food when they’re not hungry. This raises the risk of gaining weight and other health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. To avoid this bad habit, be aware of what’s triggering this mindless eating—whether it’s from sadness, boredom, stress, and more. If you feel stressed and want to eat, instead engage in exercise. Find another way to relieve the stress besides heading to the kitchen.
Too Much Sitting
For those who work in an office, you tend to sit for long periods of time. Too much sitting, however, harms your health. To break this habit, set reminders on your phone to stand up and move around every 30 to 60 minutes. Your body needs a break, but it’s also important to take a brief break from your work, as well.