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Making changes to your health and habits doesn’t have to be something that is dedicated to new year’s resolutions. No matter what time of year, if you recognize signs that you need to make changes then that is when you should start working on a plan. With that in mind, here a couple of ways that you can improve your life by altering your habits and days.
One change that the majority of us can make is to be more active. The easiest routine to slip into is allowing work to dictate our health and end up coming home, exhausted and just sit in front of the TV all evening. While some days that is required to recharge, you should be working into your week some sort of regular exercise. That isn’t to say that you have to work out every day, but it is recommended that across a week you are doing a minimum of 150 hours of exercise.
If you start looking into the issues that you consider yourself to be struggling with, you will often find that exercise continues to crop up as a solution. Not only does being active improve your health by reducing weight and working on your fitness, but it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that create a positive effect in your mood. That is why exercise comes so heavily recommended for people struggling with mental health, addictions, and many other physical illnesses.
That isn’t to say that you should take on a strenuous regime, rather start lightly and find types of exercise like yoga, running or the many other styles that suit you.
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Talk To Someone
We started by discussing recognizing reasons for a change in your own life, and these can come from all areas. You might be noticing that your intake of alcohol has started to increase, your mood is lower and you’re feeling lethargic, or you are becoming dependant on bad habits to get you through the day. Well if this is the case then one of the best things you can do is talk to someone and seek options to make the change you need to see in yourself.
Self-reflection can be incredibly difficult, but taking the time to talk to someone about who you are and how you are feeling might just be the best way to address any issues. Depending on what is going on in your life, they will make recommendations to suit your needs. People struggling with mental health may need to take on a method like cognitive behavioral therapy, whereas those struggling with addiction may seek alternative therapies like equine assisted therapy. Whatever method you choose to take, the ultimate goal should be to see positive change in yourself without having to wait until the turn of the year to set yourself ambitious targets.