Old habits die hard. Changing your way of living after so long is no easy task, but giving yourself a lifestyle lift will improve your physical health and mental wellbeing.
It can take anywhere from 18 days to more than 250 days to break a habit.
However, swapping the chips for carrot sticks and the angry outbursts for deep breathing isn’t as hard as it sounds. It is far easier to start doing something different, rather than stopping yourself from doing something altogether.
Don’t let difficulty get in the way of improving your life. In a time where our busy, fast-paced, stressful lives leave us reaching for fast food, a lifestyle lift will leave you feeling healthier and happier.
3 ways to give yourself an instant lifestyle lift
You don’t have to drastically alter your life overnight – start by taking these simple steps to improve your lifestyle:
Exercise is good for both your body and mind. The physical health benefits, which range from stronger bones to a lower risk of diseases, are commonly known.
However, few realise just how much exercise can improve your mental health. According to the NHS, regular exercise has been proven to lower the risk of depression and dementia by up to 30%.
It’s hard to lead a healthy lifestyle if you constantly feel tired. Studies have found that those that sleep for less than seven hours a night are less productive.
However, chronic sleep deprivation can have far worse results. A lack of sleep has been linked with serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
While taking a toll on your mental health, negative beliefs can also damage your physical health. Studies have found focusing or worrying on negative things, such as illness, will result in illness occurring.
Smiling, on the other hand, has been proven to boost your mood through the release of endorphins, otherwise known as the ‘happy chemical’. Not only will this boost happiness, but it will also help you to sleep and exercise more.