5 Healthy Habits You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Pick one to start TODAY. Which one is it? 

 

1. Get a Good Night's Sleep

Everyone knows how important a good diet is for your health. A less known fact is that rest has an equally significant role. Remember that an awesome day starts with a great night's sleep. Don't worry, night owls, you don't have to change your lifestyle. What matters is the quantity and quality of rest you get. Create healthy habits around your schedule. Make sure your bed is comfy and go to sleep at the same time every day. You should get at least seven hours sleep. Any task, big or small, is easier after a good rest.

2. Don't Let Stress Get to You

Stress is an awful thing in more ways than you might think. It leads to anxiety, and it robs you of the will to push forward. Stress also leads to the release of hormones that result in weight gain and a whole plethora of health problems. You can fight this by forming healthy habits. If you are feeling overwhelmed, just take a break. Walk away for a few moments. Stop focusing on problems and start looking on the bright side. Just by taking some time to enjoy life, you're making a huge difference for your health.

3. Consider Your Entourage

Jim Roth said "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with" and I completely agree. Your lifestyle will heavily depend on the people around you. You need to surround yourself with friends who will support and encourage you. Try to find people who want to better themselves, just like you. Form healthy habits together with them. You're much more likely to stick to these habits. A gym buddy, for example, will surely encourage you to work out more. Health benefits aside, this can also lead to great friendships or even more. Meeting new people is always rewarding for the spirit.

4. Visualize Your Progress and Healthy Habits Each Morning

After waking up, take a few moments and think about how far you've come. Motivation is necessary, and nothing will motivate you more than looking at the improvements in your life. Don't forget that you are becoming happier through these healthy habits. Do this in the morning because it will give you a tremendous confidence boost that will carry you through the day. When you look back and see how your life has improved, you'll be ready to face anything. Here's a great morning ritual for you: Take a picture of yourself every day. You'll be able to fill an album in a few months. That album will be your irrefutable proof that life is getting better. Whenever you feel down, just look at the pictures. They'll bring a smile to your face.

5. Get Regular Checkups with a Doctor

Sadly, many gay men don't visit the doctor as often as they should. It's understandable not to want to face stigma because of you sexuality. Still, you have to visit the doctor once in a while. Otherwise, you are gambling with your health. STDs are a serious problem in the LGBTQ community. It may be a bit depressing, but it's the reality of the situation. It is simply in your best interest to get regular checkups. You are risking your health by avoiding them. Besides STDs, there is a myriad of other illnesses that are invisible to the naked eye. Out of all the healthy habits I talked about, this one is the most important. Adopting these practices will lead to better health and a more fulfilling life. They don't require much effort, so there's no reason not to try.  

5 Common Sense Strategies YOU Can Adopt Right Away

  • Get a Good Night's Sleep
  • Don't Let Stress Get to You
  • Consider Your Entourage
  • Visualize Your Progress and Healthy Habits Each Morning
  • Get Regular Checkups with a Doctor
5 Healthy Habits You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Dan Trepanier

Certified, Personal Wellness Trainer