While January 1st always gives us an opportunity to start afresh, one of the first things we should be looking to change/modify/rectify are habit and attitudes that have been holding us back from making headway in all areas of our lives.
These are 5 behavioural traits you should ditch before the end of the year to start 2018 on a positive note.
#1. Have a social life, not just on social media
The fact that a lot of what you see on social media may not necessarily be a realistic depiction of life (think of all those stunning photoshopped self-portraits or travel images) makes it tricky medium to form your opinions on. Also, if you suffer from serious FOMO (fear of missing out), try getting out and spending time with people you wish to. Trust us, not only will you stop suffering from FOMO you will also help you witness, absorb and engage with the ‘actual’ story.
#2. Sitting is the new smoking. It’s time you take that seriously
Sitting will be the death of us, not literally how smoking is to our health, but in a different sense. Prolonged periods of sitting can lead to heart diseases, diabetes, colon cancer, muscular and back issues, deep vein-thrombosis, brittle bones, depression and even dementia. The average person now spending anywhere between 7-9 hours seated on their butt, it’s no wonder that The World Health Organisation has identified physical inactivity as the fourth biggest killer on the planet, ahead of obesity.
#3. Fixate your sleep timings
Or at least try and sleep and wake up around the same time everyday. Regulating your sleep timing helps you clock in the exact amount of sleep you need everyday to keep you energised the next day. Doing so will also help prevent you from hitting the snooze button in order to catch up on some extra sleep, which inevitably results in a rushed morning because of the delay caused by waking up late. Having the alarm go off while you’re asleep also interrupts your sleep making your groggy through the day.
#4. Being ‘busy’ all the time will only add to your health woes
Our culture often bestows us with a badge of honour for the relentless efforts we put in completing one task after the other. Although squeezing in as much work as you can through the day may help fast track that promotion it can also put you in the fast lane to contract a whole list of diseases. The list includes ailments like anxiety, heart related conditions, hypertension and musculoskeletal disorders.
#5. Try and refrain from surrounding yourself with negative people in your life
There’s no better time than now to get rid of your ‘frenemies’. People who drag you down with criticism or judgement or just simply drain your energies. Such people can often include you hang out with often or spend a considerable amount of time with; at work home or elsewhere. Instead, what you need is to cultivate relationships with non-judgemental, kind, caring and compassionated people who make you feel loved and valued. This is one of the best gifts you can gift to yourself to better your mental health and help you move forward with your endeavours.