Health

10 Bad Habits To Ditch For A Happier Life

We told you how to live a healthier life: Drink more water, eat your veggies and brush your teeth. Yet, as much as we don't want them to, bad habits manage to sneak into our lives. Let go of the following bad practices to free up time, energy, mental space and possibly even money. Time to clean out your bad habit closet.

1. STOP BEING SERIOUS ALL THE TIME

Laughter can help improve memory in older adults, boosts circulation, increases endorphins and otherwise, makes you healthier. Take laugh breaks throughout the day watching silly videos or spending time with people who crack you up.

2. STOP UNWINDING WITH A GLASS OF WINE OR BEER EVERY NIGHT

Once the relaxing effect of alcohol wears off, your body creates a rebound effect that will cause you to wake up prematurely. Ruining your sleep and contributing to fatigue the following day. Abstain from drinking three to four hours prior to bedtime to get the best night’s rest.

3. STOP HOLDING GRUDGES

The inability to forgive can lead to stress and even affecting you psychologically. Research found that forgiving can help lift the weight off your shoulders, and their findings suggested that forgiveness may lighten the physical burden of unforgiveness. Remember, you don’t have to condone, forget or deny the event or pain caused.

4. STOP PROCRASTINATING

Procrastination not only gets you in trouble in life, but it can also increase the number of stress hormones your body produces. And these stress hormones raise blood pressure. Resolve this issue by prioritizing and organizing your life.

5. STOP DRINKING DIET SODAS

Research has found that drinking diet soda is linked to weight gain. Using diet soda to fill a sugar craving won’t work and the craving for sugar will remain. Plus, real soda and diet soda both contain no vitamins, minerals, fiber or protein. Try kicking the habit altogether by switching to flavored water or adding fruit to your water.

6. STOP POPPING OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN RELIEVERS LIKE CANDY

Too many pain relievers can hurt you; in fact, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that using Tylenol for pain quadruples the risk of an abnormal liver-function test. The same research found the that the relief you feel might be all in your head.

7. STOP IMAGINING THE WORST

If you’re all doom and gloom, you may not live as long as your more optimistic peers. People who see the glass half full live longer, have less depression and greater resistance to the common cold. Don’t ‘put on your winter coat in summer.’

8. STOP CHOOSING THE EASIEST EXERCISE ROUTINE

Are you reading a novel or browsing social media while exercising? You’re probably not working out hard enough. Research has found that people who exercised vigorously for more than 30 percent of their workouts were able to avoid early cardiac death.

9. STOP BEING PROUD OF GETTING ONLY A FEW HOURS OF SLEEP

Lack of sleep is linked to many health issues, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and much more. In addition to these health issues, sleep deprivation can also cause weight gain. If you are feeling tired in the mornings, push your bedtime up by 30 minutes until you wake up feeling refreshed.

10. STOP BEING PROUD OF GETTING 10 PLUS HOURS OF SLEEP

Sleeping too much also appears to have some risks, such as increased inflammation, impaired fertility, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and more. In addition, oversleeping is linked to higher rates of mortality and disease as well as things like depression.


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