We all have bad habits we know we should change or dreams we’ve failed to realize, but amidst the activities of everyday life, taking action to make these desires a reality can seem like too challenging a task to take on. Ask yourself honestly; what aspects of your life would you like to change? If there’s nothing, then you’re in the minority, because for most of us there are at least a couple of ways in which we’d like to improve our lives. If you’re tired of not achieving what you’d like to in life, perhaps it’s time to try a more savvy approach.
What is the savvy approach to changing your life?
Being savvy is all about finding the most straightforward, effective solutions to problems or ways to avoid difficult situations without spending a fortune. For example, choosing to take out insurance against having to miss a vacation you’ve booked is a pretty savvy thing to do. Sure, you could book the week away, spend thousands of dollars on flights, hotels, trips, etc., and hope that nothing goes wrong. However, if you do fall ill or have to miss your vacation for any reason, you’ll probably lose all those thousands of dollars, whereas an insurance policy would ensure you got your money back. Being savvy isn’t about buying the cheapest products, but about finding the best deals or discounts on good quality items. This applies when you’re looking to change your life as well.
Changing bad habits
If you’re fed up with not being able to keep weight off, or being surrounded by the smell of cigarette smoke, the savvy way to handle the problem is to assess every possible method to help you change your eating habits, start exercising more, or cut down on smoking. Needless to say, this is far easier to say than to do, and millions of people struggle to quit their bad habits or change unhealthy lifestyles.
If you’re savvy, you’ll find out what science has to say about improving your diet and the effects of bad habits on your health, rather than searching for some kind of quick fix. Falling for a sales pitch related to some miracle diet or slimming aid isn’t at all savvy; keep in mind the almost foolproof mantra – if it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is (too good to be true!). Rather than pinning your hopes on false promises that will cost you more money and make you feel depressed when they don’t work, look at the proven, science-backed options for dealing with your bad habits.
Diet and exercise
Keeping fit and being healthy is one of the most frequently stated goals amongst people all over the world. It makes sense, because without good health life can become quite a struggle, and you will not only have a less enjoyable life, but you could well die earlier into the bargain. If you want to be savvy about keeping fit and losing weight, look at the statistics for healthy weight loss and how well people maintain their new weight after following a specific eating or exercise plan. You’ll find that the most successful and happiest people will have recognized the value of getting help in their quest for a healthier lifestyle, whether that’s having someone to diet or train with, a dependable social network, or a personal trainer who can advise and support you and help you reach your personal goals.
Smoking and other addictive behaviors
Very few people truly understand how hard it can be to quit smoking when they first start. When they do decide that the time has come to rid themselves of the habit, more people encounter barriers to success and fail to quit than those who succeed. There are plenty of alternative methods for giving up addictions, and what works for one person won’t necessarily be as effective for another. Finding guidance and support at your local clinic or with your healthcare provider is the best first step, as they will understand the situation and have a full range of options available to help you overcome your problem. If addiction is the bad habit you want to break, whether it’s to legal products like tobacco or alcohol, or illegal narcotics, then a support group is one of the best ways to equip yourself with the tools you’ll need to succeed in quitting. Being able to discuss how you feel with other people who can truly empathize with your position is liberating and gives you an emotional foundation which will support you in your efforts to quit.
An alternative approach to quitting outright is to find a substitute activity that you can enjoy in the same way, or divert yourself away from the behavior you want to modify by taking up something new. Having time on your hands, falling into a rigid routine, and spending too much time brooding over your situation are all counter-productive to changing bad habits. In the early stages of quitting or changing, you may well find it difficult to resist the temptation to fall back into your old ways. You need to have a strategy for overcoming these bumps in the road by occupying your mind with an activity that requires all your attention. For instance, if you would like to spend less time watching television during the week, taking up a new hobby or pastime that gets you engrossed in an alternative activity will keep your mind off what you might be missing on the TV. Many people are finding vaping is an enjoyable and relaxing diversionary activity, and it’s a trend that’s increasing in popularity. If you don’t know much about vaping and e-cigarettes, read more about why it’s finding favor with people and how the technology works.
It’s never easy to break bad habits or make positive changes in your life, but you should bear in mind that any behavior can be modified by repeating the preferred behavior on a regular basis. Change may not take place overnight, but if you stick with it and find the right approach, you too will be able to change your life for the better.