It seems that our society is becoming more health-focused than ever. New trends pop up often that tout a new way to increase one’s health and wellness. Some people try to obtain their health through methods like surgery or manipulation, while others opt for lifestyle changes and natural living. The sure thing is that everyone wants to look and feel better, but not everyone knows how. With so much conflicting information in the world, it is tough to know what advice to follow. In addition, insecurity and body image issues keep many people in cycles of health kicks and spiraling declines. Below are a few tips to bring some sanity and clarity to your pursuit of health and wellness.

Get Rid of Bad Habits

Things like smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and being idle need to be addressed.  Try to stop these habits and replace them with healthier ones.  If you need help, don’t hesitate to get it. There are exercise classes, diet support groups and smoking cessation tools.  Make use of them.

If your pulse races at the sight of LED emergency lights because you have a problem with illegal drugs or drinking, please get help. There are several types of programs you can take advantage of no matter where you live, and they can really help. Please take the first step and contact a drug and alcohol rehab center to start on your road to recovery.

Feed Yourself Well

The major problem many people have with diets is that they restrict what they can and cannot have. Too often, we focus on what we cannot have. However, it is often helpful to look at food like medicine. Focus on what good things you can put in that will benefit your health and well-being. As a rule of thumb, things from nature that don’t come processed or packaged are a safe bet. If it gives you a headache, makes your brain cloudy, or upsets your stomach, you should stay away from it. Eat a variety of whole, delicious foods that you can experiment and have fun with. Don’t worry as much about counting calories; instead, work to develop a healthy relationship with food that doesn’t require stress or anxiety.

Do Things You Enjoy

If you want to develop a lifestyle that is healthy, you should make sure that it is just that — a part of your lifestyle rather than a list of to-dos performed sporadically. The best way to stay feeling good and looking good is to make sure that the things you do in that pursuit are things you enjoy. Some people love weightlifting; however, not everyone likes the gym environment. However, there are plenty of ways to strength train that involve being outdoors like calisthenics, rock climbing, swimming, or training with strongman implements. These are all fun activities that can be done with friends (and are well worth trying.) If you hate running, don’t feel pressured to do it. Long, leisurely walks are great for your cardiovascular health. They are also a great way to wake up in the morning.

Practice Healthy Habits With Friends

Forming new habits becomes much easier when done with a support system. Leaning on your community of friends is a great way to make sure that your lifestyle change is enjoyable and not a drag. Friends can also act as healthy accountability partners to keep you on track by encouraging you.