Lent – did YOU give anything up?
Many people do not celebrate Lent but people often give up things for it – just to challenge themselves. It’s a great thing to do as it often leads to people giving up negative habits. The most important thing to do when trying to quit a bad habit is to set yourself goals, and stick to them. It’s all well and good to stub out a cigarette and say it will be your last, but for many people the lack of a quitting strategy leads to remission and disappointment. If you want to change your life for the better this month, here are three examples of vices that it’s always a good idea to start giving up, along with some straightforward advice for how to go about it.
Eating sugary foods
Sugar has crept into the diet of people in the developed world in a big way, and it’s having a seriously detrimental effect. While it was once a delicacy, it’s now surprisingly ubiquitous, especially in sugary drinks and confectionery. Quitting sugary foods can help prevent feelings of fatigue throughout the day, regulate your sleep patterns, and reduce excess weight, so it really is a good idea to get started as soon as possible. In terms of strategy – don’t keep sugary items close at hand. If they’re too readily available you’re bound to reach for them in a moment of weakness.
Alcoholic drinks have a lot of obvious detrimental effects on your health and to your well being. Drinking to excess, especially in the young, is actually on the decrease at the moment, so it has perhaps never been a better time to try going drink free. Often the most likely thing to trip you up in this instance is social drinking, so make sure your friends and family know about your goals, and let them help you to steer clear of temptation.
The word is well and truly out on how bad smoking is for your health. But despite the health warnings and the increasing difficulty of finding a place to smoke, many people still find it difficult to quit. The chemical addiction of heavy smoking is not something to be taken lightly, so use quitting aids if you need them, such as nicotine gum. Another interesting approach that’s gaining a lot of popularity at the moment is vaping. Electronic cigarettes can offer a range of nicotine doses and e-cigs starting packs are a good way to gradually wean yourself off the chemical, while enjoying the taste and feel of a product which doesn’t involve inhaling burnt vegetable matter. So look into e-cigarette options if you’re looking to quit.
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