A common mistake some people make when trying to change the way their lives their lives is to believe they need to completely eliminate all the bad habits they have. Researchers now believe that many of our habits are so deeply ingrained that a more successful option is to replace the bad habits with better ones. Here are some habits you might want to lose, and some alternative strategies to combat them.
Skimping on sleep
There are times when staying up for an extra few hours or even pulling an all-nighter seems to be the only possible way to get things done. It’s rarely the most practical solution and in reality, the after-effects of going without sleep with almost certainly cancel out any of the productivity benefits you might gain. Lack of sleep will also disrupt your ability to remember things or to focus your attention, so staying up all night to cram for a test the following morning is more likely to be detrimental to your performance than it is to enhance it.
If you allow yourself to get into the habit of working into the small hours and consistently skimp on the amount of sleep you get, you’ll put yourself at greater risk of weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression. There are also studies that suggest that lack of sleep increases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A healthier alternative strategy is to plan your activities well in advance so that you are never faced with the need to stay up night. If events are occurring that are truly beyond your control, see if the people in charge of setting the deadline are willing to take them into consideration and give you more time.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. Quitting can be extremely difficult but in recent years a viable alternative has emerged that is not only considered significantly less harmful to your health but also much cheaper in the long term. By switching from traditional tobacco products to vaping, you will no longer be taking tar, which is a harmful substance, into your body.
Although the initial cost of making the switch can be relatively high, one you have a device you can purchase a wide variety of vape liquids, which are available in a broad selection of flavors and strengths, and see your annual spending drop dramatically.
Not getting enough exercise
You don’t have to spend hours down at the gym or go for an impossibly long run to get into better shape. There are lots of ways to incorporate more exercise in your life without having to take time out of your busy schedule, and that don’t involve spending money on equipment or membership fees.
Increase the number of steps you walk each day by getting into the habit of taking every opportunity you can to take a stroll, such as using the stairs rather than an elevator. Instead of sitting in an office and chatting, Steve Jobs, the legendary genius behind the success of Apple, would hold some of his meetings while walking. It takes just 15 minutes of brisk walking to clock up a mile so the cumulative effect of all the extra steps will soon add up and your waistline will begin to slim down.