You know what to do every day: brush your teeth, eat vegetables, exercise, and be nice to people.  However, no matter how hard you try, some bad habits somehow manage to sneak into your life and sometimes, often without your conscience. By setting aside the following bad practices, you will free up time, energy, mental space, and even money that could be better spent on happier and healthier activities …

1. Being unable to forgive

Being unable to forgive can cause stress and end up affecting you both physically and psychologically. The very act of forgiving can help lift the weight off your shoulders. People who feel offended by someone but finally forgive them feel better and do not harbor resentment in their hearts, and may be happier.

Forgiveness does not mean that you are forgiving, forgetting, or denying the event or the pain that was caused. Take responsibility for what you can do now instead of focusing on the regret that happened in the past.

2. Drink alcohol at night

A glass of wine after a busy day may seem like a great way to unwind from daily stress, but in reality, once the relaxing effect wears off, your body metabolizes the alcohol, creating a rebound effect that causes you to wake up prematurely. at night, so you could see yourself awake at 2 in the morning with no more desire to sleep … Interrupted sleep also contributes to fatigue the next day. 

It is advisable to refrain from drinking three to four hours before bedtime for a good night’s sleep. Instead of pouring yourself a glass, try taking a night walk or riding a bike to relax.

3. Beware of bright light from screens at night

The bright blue light from your phone or tablet reduces sleep and stimulates your brain to stay awake by suppressing melatonin, a hormone necessary to cause drowsiness. To be happy you need a good rest and therefore, you will have to turn off all electronic devices about an hour before going to bed for a more restful sleep.

 Still having trouble sleeping? Then it is advisable to take valerian or tilas before going to bed or listen to some white noise that helps you calm your mind before closing your eyes.

4. The delay of time

Procrastination doesn’t have to be a problem in people’s lives , but if you allow procrastination too much into your life, then it can be a problem. But also, waiting until the last minute to get things done also hurts your heart.

A person who does not procrastinate his time, feels that he is in control and that he can achieve his goals. Once someone loses a sense of control in their life, stress hormones are produced. Sharply it’s adrenaline; chronically it is cortisol. Both hormones increase blood pressure, which can be detrimental to health. Many procrastinators procrastinate because they are overwhelmed by their situation and do not feel in control. If it happens to you, you will have to solve the problem by organizing life and enjoying what you do at all times.

5. Not knowing how to relax or not laugh every day

Relax and you will improve your health in several ways. The laughter also helps improve memory in adults over 60 years. Laughter works by reducing the stress hormone cortisol, which can affect memory and learning. Laughter also helps lower blood pressure, increase circulation, increase endorphins, and otherwise make you healthier.

6. Be too pessimistic

Are you all pessimism? If you are too pessimistic, you may not live as long as people who are more optimistic. People who see the glass as half full live longer and have less depression and greater resistance to the common cold, among other health benefits.

There is nothing wrong with thinking about the worst case scenario and then taking steps to avoid it or plan for it just in case. But many people react emotionally as if their fear is imminent. This is known as ‘putting on your winter coat in summer’. Even if you know you will need a parka in January, wearing it from July is pointless. What can you do? Remember that it hasn’t happened yet and take steps to prevent it from happening or, better yet, deal with it only if it happens.

7. Not doing a good physical exercise

If you can read or write emails while on the treadmill or elliptical, you are probably not physically working hard enough. People who exercise vigorously for more than 30% of their training avoid death from early heart failure.

Exercises such as jogging, aerobics, or competitive tennis are helpful in achieving these longevity goals. There may also be benefits of interval training or short bursts of increased activity, especially in people who may have a difficult time maintaining a high level of activity during a full workout.

8. Not getting enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep is linked to many health problems , including an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and a host of other problems … so not getting enough sleep also robs you of happiness.

Also, lack of sleep can cause weight gain. Sleep affects the appetite regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin stimulates the feeling of hunger, and the levels rise when you are not sleepy. At the same time, lack of sleep suppresses leptin, a hormone released by fat cells that signals our bodies to stop eating. The result: weight gain. It is advisable to change your bedtime rather than trying to prolong your sleep in the morning. If you still feel tired in the morning, gradually increase your bedtime from 15 to 30 minutes … you will notice the difference! 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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