It’s not just illegal drugs and alcohol.
There are many different types of addictions that people face. Gambling addiction, sex addiction, internet addiction, food addiction, prescription drug addiction, and shopping addiction to name a few.
If you find yourself struggling with destructive addictive behaviors, you’re not alone. Addiction is America’s most neglected disease.
Stop letting addiction ruin your life and try these daily healthy habits instead.
1. Mindful Meditation
Trust us on this one. Everyone can benefit from meditating daily — even if you don’t do yoga. The idea is to quiet your mind, reduce stress, and release tension.
Some ways to practice mindfulness include morning breathing exercises or taking a short walk. Just be sure to put your phone away.
The idea is to let your mind rest so it can be ready for the next task that comes.
2. Sound Sleep
In the long run, getting adequate sleep lowers your risk of heart disease and helps keep the weight off.
The day to day benefits of getting a good night’s sleep includes better mood, sharpened focus and increased memory.
Here are a few tips to help you get the rest you need:
- Don’t drink too much before bed
- Keep a consistent sleep schedule
- Avoid eating before bedtime
- No caffeine in the afternoon or evening
- Keeps pets out of the bed
3. Channel Change
Ever get bored? We do too. Everyone has a daily routine that they are comfortable with, but did you know that changing your routine can help keep your mind alert?
Learning new things can lead to increased self-esteem and confidence. And when you challenge your mental state, it can slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
A change of routine is especially helpful for those with addictive habits. It gets you away from everyday triggers. Need professional help navigating your addiction recovery? You can read more here.
Find a new friend, learn a language, and eat at a new restaurant. Change up your routine, and you’ll reduce your loneliness and boredom.
4. Loosen Up and Laugh
When was the last time you had a good belly laugh?
Everyone needs a dose of laughter every day. In fact, some researchers really do believe that laughter is the best medicine.
Laughing can make you feel better, reduce stress, and help you to have a positive attitude.
Think of someone you like to be around. It’s likely a positive person with an infectious laugh.
So loosen up, watch some funny cartoons or your favorite videos and you’ll feel the stress start to melt away.
5. Get Physically Fit
We all know physical activity is good for us. But really, how good can it possibly be?
Well, let’s look at the short list. Exercise:
- Aids in weight management
- Helps you ward off chronic diseases
- Lowers stress levels
- Elevates your mood
- Provides a sense of accomplishment
Don’t have hours to spend at the gym? No worries. There are plenty of small acts you can do throughout the day to get your blood pumping. A few ideas are housework, quick 2-minute walks, taking the stairs, or having impromptu dance parties.
Daily Healthy Habits Help Address Addictive Behaviors
Being able to recognize and address our addictive behaviors is the first step. If there are any excessive habits in your life, use these daily healthy habits to help overcome them.
And speaking of healthy lifestyles, come check out our blog for all tips to help you live your best life.