We all want to be healthy and nowadays a healthy lifestyle is relatively easy to achieve. If we focus on bodily health alone, significant advances in both scientific and medical knowledge mean that we are more aware, than ever, of how certain habits can have a detrimental effect on our body’s functioning. But for some reason, so many of us go against our better instincts and engage with unhealthy habits even though we are well aware of their negative effects and the potential dangers that they can pose to our wellbeing.
So, it’s time to start taking heed of what the professionals are saying and to start actively making some positive changes in our life.Here are just a couple of lifestyle changes that you should consider if you want to restore your health, happiness, and wellbeing.
Become a non-smoker
For some reason, a large number of people still actively choose to take on the lifestyle of smoker. This is bizarre, as we are all well aware of the problems that smoking can wreak with our health and wellbeing. The fact that smoking significantly increases your risk of developing life-threatening or fatal cancers alone should be enough to put anyone off. But if you needed any further reasons, you should also bear in mind that smokers are much more likely to experience heart disease due to the build up of tar in their lungs. This in turn can cause a whole host of respiratory conditions.
To put things simply: smoking slowly kills you.
It can also have a negative impact on anyone who is near you when you smoke, as passive smoking can result in similar conditions developing in those who spend time in a close vicinity to regular smokers. It’s not all too surprising that many countries have passed laws making smoking indoors in public spaces an illegal activity.
Besides the negative health effects of smoking for you and your loved ones there are further issues with the activity when you consider your appearance. Smoking can stain your fingers and teeth, giving them a yellow tinge. It also dulls your hair and eyes. This is all before you take into account the cost of smoking. Prices are constantly on the rise, and the habit can take a huge hit in your wallet.
So, chances are that by now you’re wondering how to quit if this is something that you currently engage with. Well, there are plenty of resources out there that can help you to kick smoking to the curb. Visit your doctor and ask for advice. You can also make use of nicotine patches, gum, and sprays to suppress your cravings. Finally, you could consider vaping. This allows you to smoke without all of the negative health effects, as you will be inhaling water vapour. Take a look at the different devices and liquids available to you at vapeshop.co.uk.
Adopt a plant-based lifestyle
Now, there are various reasons that people tend to give up meat. The most common reasons tend to be for the sake of animals or for the sake of the environment. However, another good reason to quit eating meat, on top of this, is the profound health benefits that come hand in hand with a plant-based diet. Various studies have been conducted into meat consumption and have thrown up some pretty serious warning lights.
Consuming the saturated fats that red meat contains on a regular basis can lead to the development of serious conditions such as heart disease and type two diabetes. However, it’s important to remember that giving up meat doesn’t automatically make you healthy. While you may have actively cut out certain unhealthy foods from your diet, you still need to ensure that you are consuming a balanced diet rich is wholefoods and plant based foods. It's still possible to be a junk food vegan and eat a stack of unhealthy refined grains, sugars, and processed foods. Choosing a healthy plant-based diet means you'll get plenty of protein. Opt for wholegrains, a variety of fruit and veg, nuts, seeds, naturally protein rich leafy greens, beans and legumes.
Improve your mental health
Being healthy isn't just about exercise and the food we eat. Being healthy is all about being mentally healthy as well as physically healthy. If you are suffering with your mental health then counselling might be an option for you. We all have periods of stress and feeling low, but if yours is ongoing or feels different to usual everyday stresses and struggles, then do seek professional help. Start by going to your doctor's for advice and they will be able to point you in the direct of a therapist or treatment that could help. Don't forget that a healthy diet and exercise does help with improving mental health so do make sure you are also leading the best lifestyle you can to help yourself.
These lifestyle changes may seem relatively minor, but they will make all the difference to how your body functions and how good you feel in yourself. The fact that they seem like small changes should only serve to encourage you to carry them out, as they simply require a strong mindset and dedication to abstinence from things that are bad for you. If you can’t dive in the deep end, try slowly reducing. You’ll be reaping the benefits in next to no time and it’ll be more than worth the effort!
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