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5 Unhealthy Habits To Trade In For Healthy Ones

Inspired Living

5 Unhealthy Habits To Trade In For Healthy Ones

Sarah Stanley

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Do you have unhealthy habits? I have a few and you probably do too! One of mine is hanging out on my iPhone (either Facebook or Twitter or checking email) right before bed. I know this isn’t the proper way to fall asleep. And I hate that I do this!

So for the past month I started creating a new habit. I’ve been leaving my phone in another room, turning on “do not disturb” (I swear I can notifications in my sleep!) and reading a book before bed. This has been a great routine and I really enjoy falling asleep from reading a book vs staring at a little screen that turns a few minutes into hour(s).

Here are 5 unhealthy habits to trade in for healthy ones.

#1) Replace soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks for a reusable water bottle.

One of the best healthy habits you can get into is to carry a reusable water with you at all times. Even when standing in the TSA line! Just drink it before you go through security. Refill on the other side of the checkpoint. Bonus: you’ll save money and the planet! I literally carry my reusable water bottle around everywhere with me. From church to the store to the airport to restaurants if I happen to eat out- it never leaves my hands. A hydrated body is a happy, healthy body!

#2) Replace snooze alarm with setting it for 30 minutes earlier and getting a workout in.

Yup, you read that right! Instead of hitting the snooze button, set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier and jump (or roll, crawl, fall) out of bed to hit the gym or go for a run. Starting your day with physical activity will get your creative juices flowing, true energy in your veins and the self satisfaction of knowing that you put your health first.

#3) Replace using mobile devices/TV in the evening for reading a book or journaling.  

Do you fall asleep watching TV or on your cell phone? I don’t own a TV, but as I said in the beginning, I had an unhealthy habit of wasting time on my iPhone. Oops. So, instead of  vegging out on the couch watching TV or cell phones (or video games!) turn off the devices and curl up with a good book. Or grab a notebook and start writing (yes, with pen!) your thoughts. Writing is very therapeutic and healing. Remember, health is a mind, body, spirit connection!

#4) Replace complaining with gratefulness.

It is Thanksgiving next week, but how many of us could be a better job at being grateful on a daily basis, year round? All of our hands should probably go up! Complaining doesn’t do anyone a bit of good and can have a negative impact on your health too. Make a commitment to stop yourself from complaining or grumbling and choose to be grateful. Make a list on your smartphone of everything you are thankful for and look at it each time you complain. Each one of us has a lot to be thankful for!

#5) Replace chips, pretzels, crackers with kale chips.

Eating nutrient-dense foods instead of nutrient-lacking food-like-products gives your body the vital minerals and vitamins it needs to be healthy. You can make your own (kale is inexpensive- about $2 bucks for a bunch!) or buy if you really have to. Kale is a superfood and for good reason. It’s packed with nutrients that helps gives you good eyesight to heart health to lowering cancer risks. Oh and helps your body detox!

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Your turn! What are some of your unhealthy habits? Any of the ones listed above? What can you do in the next 30 days to build healthy ones? Share in the comments below- I always enjoy hearing from you!

Photo credit: Brad