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Tips & Tricks to Live a Healthy Life by Avoiding Laziness

Tips & Tricks to Live a Healthy Life by Avoiding Laziness

Laziness is a state of passivity and lack of desire to do anything. A lazy person does not want to change anything and has no problem with stagnation in life. There is no harm in being a little lazy, like after working hard for several hours, but if the lethargic state becomes consistent, then it can become a serious problem.

Laziness does not just affect you physically but mentally as well. People often think that mental noise is a sign of active thinking, but almost 90 percent of it is created by the subconscious mind, which means that conscious mind is doing little work. Laziness has very adverse effects on your health. It can cause mental problems, heart problems, weight problems, and more. An active life is key to living healthy and preventing serious diseases.

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Here are some of the tips and practices that can help in overcoming laziness.

Break Tasks Into Smaller Tasks

If a task is too big, you may be hesitant in doing it. It may seem too overwhelming, and you may get discouraged even before starting it. You will tell yourself that a big task will take too much time, and you will end up avoiding it. You can solve this problem by decreasing the size of the task. When the work is divided into series of small tasks, it will seem more achievable and less tiring.

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This an excellent approach to deal with lazy mentality. It is very useful for goals and everything else in life as well. You can systematically approach everything you do by taking it one step at a time.

Rest and Exercise Regularly

Laziness can occur due to a lack of lack of energy. If you do not have the mental or physical strength to work, then you will fail to do anything. It is important to make sure that you give proper nourishment to your body and mind so that they can work together efficiently. It is critical that you get adequate rest and sleep so that the mind and body are fresh for any task. Exercising is also an excellent way of keeping yourself active. It is important to exercise for at least half an hour daily.

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Find Motivation

It is possible that the reason behind laziness is a lack of motivation. You will find it tough to spend your energy working on something that you do not feel motivated toward. Always try to increase the incentive. You can strengthen your enthusiasm by using affirmations and thinking about the importance of the task for yourself. Tell yourself the positive consequences of achieving your goal or completed the work.

Focus on a Single Task at a Time

Multitasking is not a good thing as it increases absent-mindedness and automatic thinking. It reduces the activity of the conscious mind, which results in mental illness. It is better to concentrate on just a single task at a time. Give all the attention and effort to just one thing to make your brain more active. You’ll be able to give your attention to the details and enjoy the task at hand a lot more.

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Meditate

Calming the mind and keeping it free of negative thoughts is crucial. If you lose positivity, you won’t feel motivated to indulge in any activity. One of the best ways to keep healthy thoughts is meditation. You can start just by sitting still for a few minutes and breathing deeply. Try to stay focused and pay attention to your breathing. Meditation is an excellent tool for controlling your thoughts and having a peaceful mind. It easy to stay active if your life is positive, and you have a reason to move around and stay healthy.

Reduce Escapism

Escaping from a hectic life to relax is not a bad thing, but entirely abandoning your regular life and getting obsessed with escapist activities has adverse effects on your health. It will numb your mind, and you will avoid indulging in any physical or mental activity. It is important to be aware of your thoughts to lead a healthy life.

You can lead a healthy, positive, active life by making these practices a part of your daily lives.

Featured photo credit: Adam Lynch via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 19, 2019

How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

    We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

    For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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    I needed to make a change.

    I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

    I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

    Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

    After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

    • Hitting the gym twice a week.
    • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
    • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
    • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

    If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

    Control: Master your desire

      Identify your triggers

      Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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      It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

      If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

      Self-reflect

      To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

      • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
      • Why do you need comfort?

      For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

      If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

      Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

      Write a diary

      Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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      Alternate: Find a replacement

        Find a positive alternative habit

        Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

        You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

        By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

        Create a defence plan

        Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

        Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

        Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

        Delete: Remove temptations

          Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

          Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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          Avoid all kinds of temptations

          In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

          It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

          Conclusion

          The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

          Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

          Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

          What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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