During the pandemic, many people found themselves developing new unhealthy habits, while for others the old ones reappeared.
Psychologists explain this behavior by saying that people often find solace in them because they are distracted by stress.
Constant stress, boredom, insecurity and social distancing, push people towards unhealthy choices.
Unhealthy habits that many people adopted during the pandemic included excessive consumption of alcohol and food, lack of physical activity, staying in front of screens for long periods of time, and disrupting the sleep cycle.
However, it is possible for these habits to be broken!
How to get rid of unhealthy habits.
To get rid of unhealthy habits, it is necessary to create a new healthier routine. Having a strategy and maintaining the sustainability of the plan is essential.
Psychologists advise you to start these changes by taking small steps.
This is because when you try to make a lot of changes right away, the stress can increase and consequently get you back to the start.
Excessive alcohol consumption.
The first step is to understand how much alcohol you are drinking. For this, you can start measuring quantities using a cup of coffee as a measure.
Once you are clear about the amount you are consuming, start reducing it slowly.
Next, determine if you want to reduce the amount or stop consuming it altogether.
You can also write down the physical emotions and feelings you have before drinking, such as anxiety, frustration with children, fatigue and so on.
By better understanding the causes, it is easier to make better choices.
A short walk, meditation or conversation with a friend are some alternatives that can help you.
Lack of physical activity.
Plan your day and book a short time span of 30min, just for yourself.
A walk or some strength training twice a week can increase the motivation to build a lasting habit.
Choose a time of day that you are less likely to avoid exercise and an exercise that you find fun, so you are more likely to do it.
Stay long in front of the screen.
Time in front of the screen can be a means of detaching yourself from the world around you.
Instead of dwelling on social media, learn something new that can help you reach your goals.
For example, if you intend to eat healthier, learn how to prepare such a meal.
Lack or excessive sleep.
Try to plan and implement a bedtime and wake-up schedule.
Turning off electronic devices a few hours before bedtime, eliminating light sources in your room, can help you get a sleep-free sleep
If you have difficulty with anxiety or breathing problems, schedule an appointment with a therapist to address these concerns.