Following months of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK lockdown, it’s no wonder that many people’s routines have gone completely out of the window.
With lack of routine and familiarity, people have been looking for different routes of escape from their unprecedented realities.
With no need for 6am wakeup calls, people were staying up later and waking up later, meaning there was no real structure to their days. With everywhere temporarily closed for business, this meant that many increased their alcohol intake, exercised less and overindulged in food.
Whether people have been furloughed, or are continuing to work from home, the current circumstances have impacted everybody and have contributed to our adoption of unhealthy habits. However, the real battle is with our minds.
Now, with the UK’s lockdown gradually easing and a small sense of normality returning, it’s finally time for real life to resume.
With more time on our hands and the lovely British weather we’ve experienced at times over recent months, it’s no wonder that people have been sunning themselves with an ice-cold beverage in their hands.
Research by Alcohol Change UK discovered that over 8.5 million adults in the UK admitted to consuming alcohol more regularly throughout lockdown. People usually treat themselves on two days a week but with everyday feeling more like a weekend, this quickly turned into seven.
Whether it’s a cheat meal, alcohol or simply more screen time, it is important to keep these things to a minimum, as a treat as opposed to everyday occurrences, in order to prevent them from becoming a habit and damaging our health and wellbeing.
The best way to break bad habits is with a routine.
Introducing structure into your days gives you the opportunity to make the most of your time, ensuring productivity and progress.
Sticking to a routine will provide greater results and will reward you with a sense of fulfilment and achievement.
Routine allows you to break old, bad habits in order to create better ones for a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Don’t wait for Monday or when you’re back in the office full-time – make a change today.
Something will always pop up and cause some form of uncertainty, and the danger is that over time we become complacent. To achieve new things and to reach your goals, you need to be proactive. Stop waiting for things to change around you. You need to become the change, so start today.
The team at Battle Ready 360 have faced their own personal battles with their mental health, particularly with depression, suicide and alcoholism, following their time in the military.
Having overcome their struggles, the team have become even stronger, mentally as well as physically.
Now more than ever, mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Don’t leave the mind behind.
Believe it or not, your physical fitness plays a huge part in your mental fitness. When you feel better physically, you feel better mentally.
Exercising releases endorphins, which trigger happy and positive feelings in the body as well as boosting your mood. So, the next time you don’t feel like going for that run or doing your daily workout, remember how you’ll feel after. Your body will thank you for it.
You won’t get very far without the right fuel. Nutrition is crucial when it comes to supporting both your mind and your body.
Breaking bad habits, particularly with food and exercise, is all a matter of discipline and by no means easy. Everybody has their own ways of coping with change and difficult times but now is the time to align your mind, body and fuel.
Now is the time to reset, refocus and realign to break bad habits and create newer, healthier ones.
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