Change in Lifestyle Patterns and How It Is Impacting Health
Lifestyle is all about the day to day choices we make: exercise, work, food, and daily activities. Our lifestyle plays an important role in maintaining our health. A healthy lifestyle is important for every person for strong physical and mental growth. Exposure to under-nutrition can have negative effects on our health.
Lifestyle choices that affect our health range from choices in nutrition, activity and exercise levels, sleeping habits, stress levels, quality of environment, and quality of social interactions.
Here are some of the factors that have a significant impact on our lifestyle:
In modern days, technology has a lot of barring on the health of people. Every one of us starts using technology from the minute we get up (an alarm) and keep using it until we go to bed. There is no doubt that technology is a miracle for human beings, but at the same time, we can’t neglect the fact that excessive use of technology also has negative effects. We continuously use social media platforms to check updates or scroll newsfeeds, which affects our mental health. And not to forget the selfie addiction which is now termed as a mental disorder. Technology, especially in terms of social media, leads to a “fear of missing out”, and may cause stress and depression. The blue light emitted from digital screens harms our quality of sleep and lead to fatigue and lower immunity during the day.
Addiction to alcohol and consumption of heavy alcohol regularly may lead to heart failure and stroke. Also, it can cause blood pressure to increase and result in cancer and obesity risks.
Smoking and Tobacco
For a chain smoker or tobacco eater, it’s not easy to live a healthy lifestyle as both these things can cause their blood pressure to temporarily increase and can damage arteries.
These days, the pace of life leads to stress even for the smallest of things. Too much stress leads to high blood pressure levels. High stress can also lead to abnormal behavior responsible for increasing blood pressure. This mental tension can also manifest in physical tensions such as muscle pain and stiffness, decreased or increased appetite, and fatigue.
Easy access to the internet has led many of us to self-diagnose our problems and take medicines without professional recommendation. This is a very unhealthy choice, and can even lead to intolerance and inefficiency of certain medications. It is necessary to always consult a doctor before taking any medicine.
High consumption of junk food and carbonated drinks also affects the body negatively. Earlier thought to be the main cause of obesity, junk food has now also been proven to be adverse for mental health and fitness.
The effects of a poor choice in eating habits and lifestyle can be seen in the late 20s or early 30s. Some of them include hypertension, anxiety, diabetes, and depression. Your lifestyle and health are closely related. So, if you want to improve your health, consider adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Here are 3 healthy lifestyle habits to adopt today:
Always remember, you are what you eat. If you eat healthy food, that means you are healthy. Food having low-fat content is always good for health, unless it is unsaturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated. These are good fats, whereas bad fats mean trans fat and unsaturated fats. Such bad facts are known for increasing LDL cholesterol in the body.
Avoid the screen
Avoid waking up to a screen: use a traditional clock for an alarm, and check your phone only after you’ve freshened up and been awake for a while. If you have a habit of checking your phone when you wake up in the middle of the night, stop doing that. Avoid using gadgets and devices up to two hours before going to bed.
Regular exercise is crucial for good physical as well as mental health. You may choose to workout in a gym or fitness studio, or go in for your favorite activities such as cycling, swimming, or playing badminton. Whatever activity you choose, make sure to give it a few hours every week, and make it a part of your fitness routine and lifestyle.
What lifestyle changes will you be making?