The quest to reaching your optimum levels of health is always an interesting one. Because what healthy looks like to you, won’t be what the idea of perfect health is to others. But alongside trying to find your own perfect balance in life, you should also think about the things that you’re activity doing that could be harming your chances of enjoying better levels of health.
No matter what healthy looks like to you, whether it’s a body shape or frame of mine, your lifestyle choices matter. When you’re choosing to do things that are harming your health, whether you realize it or not, you’re setting yourself up for failure. So let’s take a look at what these choices are doing for you, so you can decide whether you’re going to make a change for the better going forward.
Your body may be in the habit of hitting the hay past midnight, but it’s really not doing your health any favors. Good sleep is important. And when you’re going to bed late, but still having to get up early for work, you’re not helping your health in any way. If you want to ensure that you can have more energy, enjoy a healthier digestive system, and even clear skin, you need to be getting enough high-quality sleep.
Fifty years ago, everyone smoked. Years before that, nobody really knew there was anything wrong with it. But now, we should all know better. Aside from the serious health risks that are associated with smoking, such as cancer and heart disease, you should also get to know what those cigarettes are doing to your body. Dull hair and skin, yellow teeth and nails – yes, smoking is definitely an ugly habit!
Drinking Too Much
From your ten a day habit to those two classes an evening, we need to talk about healthy alcohol consumption. Alcohol doesn’t have to be the devil, but you do have to do it in moderation. If you’re drinking one glass too many every night, or you find yourself binge drinking a few times a week (if happens, we’ve all been there), think twice. Drinking to excess can put a strain on your organs and age your skin, and what’s good in that?
Eating Junk Food
Next up, eating. And not just overeating (which, again, we all do from time to time), but eating the wrong kinds of foods. When you’re overloading on ready meals, take out, and food laced with chemicals, your body will freak out. Not only will you put on weight, but your skin can break out, your hair can dry out, and you can take years off your life. Instead, stock up on superfoods and focus on feeding your body, not fracturing it.
At the end of a busy day, the last thing we all want to do is head to the gym. Especially when the couch is calling. But you can only avoid looking after your body before so long. If you want to benefit from more energy, glowing skin, a happier disposition, and feel more comfortable in your body, you need to start moving more. Preferably in the morning, because it’ll set you up for the day ahead.
When you know that you’re not making the best choices and you’re a little out of shape, your first step is often to diet. But don’t. Restricting what you eat or completely trying to change your diet is only going to harm your health. Instead, you need to be making small but effective lifestyle changes, like we’ve started to list here. By eating better, not less, you will feel better overall.
Exposure To Toxins
You may not realize it, but you probably choose to expose yourself to toxins on a daily basis. From the chemicals in pre-made food to the dangers of aluminum in deodorant, there are so many different ways that intake toxins on a daily basis. And they can be bad for our bodies. So you need to start shopping a bit smarter and reading what’s in the products you buy and use.
Getting Stressed Out
And finally, say no to stress. Just don’t give it the time of day. And although it’s easier said than done, when you let stress in, you’re only damaging yourself. Do what you have to do to keep yourself calm and in control. From avoiding and moving away from stressful situations to actively looking to chill out, you should find that if you can give stress the boot, you will feel so much better and healthier in yourself.