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How to break bad health habits

How to break bad health habits

Making small changes can bring big improvements in your health and wellbeing! Susannah Hickling shares six bad health habits you should leave in 2022

Bad habit 1: Being over-ambitious about exercise 

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to keep active. But do you need to go to the gym five days a week? Sometimes it’s enough just to make time for a ten-minute power walk.

Scientists at the universities of Cambridge and Leicester recently showed that short, intense bursts of activity are more beneficial to the heart than more leisurely exercise lasting more than twice as long. 

Bad habit 2: Scrolling while eating 

Being on your phone when you eat means you’re not paying attention to your food or allowing yourself a break from that ceaseless cyber chatter.

"Sit down to have your meal, put your mobile out of reach and eat mindfully"

Sit down to have your meal, put your mobile out of reach and eat mindfully—focusing on enjoying what you’re eating. 

Bad habit 3: Being too efficient 

We’ve got so much to do and want to be as productive as possible. But sometimes inefficiency is more healthy.

Woman drinking coffee

Little breaks can actually make you more productive

Take microbreaks—stick your head out of the window, have a coffee, read an article. You’ll resume what you’re doing feeling refreshed. 

Bad habit 4: Watching the news 

Phew, there’s a lot going on in the world right now! But fixating on the news—doomscrolling—has been associated with increased stress and anxiety, and poor health.

"There’s a lot going on in the world right now!"

Give yourself a break. Swap out those lost minutes despairing over the state of the world for time spent doing something enjoyable, such as listening to music or messaging a friend. 

Bad habit 5: Avoiding people 

Socialising helps you feel better about life. It might even sharpen your memory and help you live longer, according to some research. So make a few dates with friends and family

Bad habit 6: Being hard on yourself 

If you’re struggling to meet weight-loss or exercise goals, or get everything done, it’s time be kind to yourself.

"Congratulate yourself every day on one good thing you’ve achieved, however small"

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Make an active effort to stay positive and congratulate yourself every day on one good thing you’ve achieved, however small. 

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