7 Things to Cut Out of Your Life to Be Healthier

We often believe that living a healthier life is about what we eat and how often we exercise. But instead, the truth is, health starts within our minds, how we think about ourselves and the habits we create. If we don’t start out with a healthy mind, the rest of our efforts will fall off course, and many of us don’t even realize we’re self-destructing our own well-being until it’s brought to our attention. Here are 7 things to cut out of your life to be healthier.

Your scale.

This is something that I did many years ago. Get rid of your scale! It’s 100% true, the number on the scale does not matter. But instead, what matters is what you see in the mirror, and if you don’t like your reflection, change it. Scales can be the devil because they affect your self-esteem and confidence. Getting into shape, becoming stronger and sculpting your body are your goals, and with that comes more weight, not less.

Negative talk. 

If every time you look into the mirror you see or say something negative about yourself, you will start to believe it. Starting off the day with a negative thought will only make it more difficult for you to live a healthy lifestyle because you’re stuck in your own negative mind. Instead, work at seeing the best in yourself each day. Tell yourself you are beautiful and you will truly start to believe it.

Stress.

We don’t always have control over stressful situations, but we do have control of how we respond to them. Starting each day with 10 deep breaths before getting out of bed will enable you to approach those daily stressful situations with a calm mind. Your mental health has a direct affect on your overall lifestyle, so do whatever is needed to keep yourself in check. Do at least one healthy thing for yourself each week, get yourself a great therapist and/or schedule a well-deserved massage to manage the stress.

Unhealthy relationships.

You know what I’m talking about. Those unhealthy relationships you’ve held on to for so long thinking people will see the light and change, well, they won’t. Energies are contagious, and if you are surrounded by unhealthy men or women, their ways will negatively affect your life. Say good-bye and cut the people who don’t support you out of your life. I know that is easier said than done, but it’s essential. Your relationships should empower you, build you up and enable you to be your best self. Life is too short for anything less.

Workouts you greatly dislike.

The only way any of us can incorporate exercise into our lives for good is to choose workouts we enjoy. Forcing yourself to do something you greatly dislike is not a good plan for the long run. I did one cycle class and I’ll never do it again, I hated it! Instead, I’ll do my favorite kickboxing DVD, go for a walk/jog, or start my day with Yogalosophy. Keep trying until you find workouts you enjoy and switch them up so you don’t get bored.

Counting calories.

Being aware of what you’re eating each day and planning your meals to stay healthy is one thing, but counting calories is a whole other ballgame. Obsessing over every little calorie is actually an extremely unhealthy thing to do. Food is fuel and we need it for energy, strong muscles and strong bones. Eat as many vegetables you can each day and never count another calorie again.

Being perfect.

It’s never going to happen so forget about it. Trying to have a perfect body is unrealistic and unhealthy for your mental well-being. There is no such thing as perfect because we are all special in our owns ways. So instead, work on loving what you have rather than changing it to become something you are not, that ultimately will be impossible to maintain. Set attainable goals for yourself and focus on progress of feeling and looking your best.

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