They say that life is all about the little things, and some of us certainly abide by that rule. Amid work and all the everyday stresses that a demanding job (and family life) can bring, many of us relish in treating ourselves when we feel we deserve it. This can manifest itself in our lives in some different ways – some of us may choose to treat ourselves to alcohol, to nights out or to a shopping spree (we’ve all been there). But what happens when these treats start to get out of control? Plenty of people indulges innocently every now and again. But if you have noticed that your treats are moving from once a fortnight to two or three times a week, you may need to rein it in a little. The whole concept behind treating yourself is that the thing you are indulging in isn’t necessarily good for you – hence why it’s regarded as a treat. Once you have developed a habit of this kind of rewarding behavior, however, it can be hard to kick, despite the impact you know it could have on your health. Here are some of the ways you can still treat yourself, but without putting your health on the line.
A huge proportion of people are now what they would refer to as ‘social smokers’ – people who don’t have an addiction as such, but who will smoke occasionally, either with friends or when they are stressed. If you’ve found yourself reaching for the cigarettes lately when you’ve been under pressure, be warned: it’s a slippery slope. Even if you are confident that you’ll never become addicted, even smoking just one cigarette can potentially have serious health consequences. If you do feel the need to have a cigarette at the end of a long week, switch to smoking an e-liquid instead. They contain much fewer chemicals than tobacco, and plus, it works out cheaper too.
After a rough day in the office, many of us want nothing more than to come home, sprawl out on the sofa and order a giant pizza for delivery. This is fine for every couple of weeks, but declining into a habit where you are unwilling to cook can seriously affect both your health and your waistline. But comfort food doesn’t always have to be greasy and via takeout. Spend an evening looking up quick and easy versions of your favorite takeaway meals – there’s no reason why you should need to order in ever again.
Alcoholic beverages are consumed all over the world as a way to help people wind down and relax. But contrary to what a lot of people think, alcohol is not ‘calorie-free’ – in fact, quite the opposite! Certain types of booze are astonishingly calorific, and as the drink doesn’t fill you up, they are regarded as ’empty calories.’ If you’re going to drink, try to make healthier choices – swap your rum and coke for a gin and tonic, and opt for a small glass of red wine over a large glass of white.