SYPS: Resolve Lifestyle Problems to Make Your Life Better

How to avoid lifestyle diseases and lead a healthy lifestyle

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Man indicating no lifestyle problems in life

Did you know that most of the modern day diseases occur due to lifestyle problems? This certainly is alarming, for which you need to know more about the right way of living.

In this “Share your problems and solutions” (SYPS) post, I’ll discuss the lifestyle issues that you face, and how you can avoid and neutralize them by changing your lifestyle.

I’ve written many posts about lifestyle – about how you can lead a healthy lifestyle and make your life better.

You can, to a certain extent, blame the modern technology to adversely affect the way you live. However, it’s not that lifestyle problems never existed before.

Basically it’s the faulty habits that in a way invite problems in your life, whether in the presence or absence of modern technological equipment’s and services.

It drills down to the choices you make and the amount of self-discipline that you exercise.

Factors of a Faulty Lifestyle

Research studies have found the following factors that lead to a faulty lifestyle:

  • Physical inactivity
  • Bad food habits
  • Disturbed biological clock
  • Wrong body posture

These major faulty habits make your lifestyle faulty. They also cause the diseases of modern age, called the occupational lifestyle diseases.

I’ve discussed such issues in detail in my post – “What stops you from living a healthy lifestyle?

There I’ve enumerated the ways to live a healthy lifestyle, and an acronym to always remember – DEAL. Read the post to find out more about it. 🙂

Lifestyle Problems – Actions That Make Your Life Difficult

Lifestyle problems are the things you do as a force of habit that has negative impact on your life in the long run.

The most common lifestyle problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Binge Drinking
  • Being physically inactive
  • Eating at irregular hours
  • Consuming excessive junk food
  • Sleeping at odd hours
  • Not sitting properly
  • Multitasking

These are certain habit and actions that we go on doing and repeating in spite of being told not to do.

Believe me or not, these have negative implications on your mind and body – eventually you become weaker and less in control of your life.

Let’s have a look at the impact that your faulty lifestyle might create.

10 Major Lifestyle Diseases

The most common lifestyle ailments arising due to lifestyle problems include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Chronic backache
  • Depression

Occupational lifestyle also causes these most common diseases:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Arteriosclerosis

Scientific research indicates that the lifestyle also plays a major role in predisposition to diseases like cancer.

If you wonder, what a bad lifestyle can do to you, then read this.

Girl exercising to avoid lifestyle problems

Possible Solutions to Lifestyle Problems

It is tried and tested that changes in your lifestyle can help you overcome a number of problems or diseases.

Here are some of the lifestyle changes that you can implement in your daily life.

–          Do not spend too much time slouching in front of the TV or PCs

–          Avoid eating food while watching TV

–          Participate in a physical sport or activity that you enjoy

–          Have family outings and play fun games

–          Have frequent hikes and picnics

–          Avoid a regular diet of junk food

–          Do not overeat

–          Include physical activity in your daily routine

–          Have a proper balanced food diet that fulfills your body’s nutritional needs

–          Avoid long sitting hours – remember, sitting is killing

–          Take frequent breaks that involve physical movements

–          Use an ergonomic chair to have the correct sitting posture

–          Do not smoke or do drugs

–          Avoid binge drinking

This is not an exhaustive list. You can keep adding to the solutions for the lifestyle problems by sharing your experiences in the comments.

One thing that becomes obvious is the lack of awareness of lifestyle problems among people. It is important NOT to have a sedentary lifestyle.

Most people don’t take the warning given by the health and diet experts seriously and later succumb to the resulting complications.

For example, a seemingly insignificant negative change in food habits has led to an increase in the number of heart patients.

High intake of cholesterol and levels of blood glucose coupled with drinking, smoking, lack of physical exercise become high risk factors as they give rise to the problem of being overweight.

Obesity becomes the nurturing hub of many lifestyle diseases.

The alarming trend is that even the young are becoming obese, and the lifestyle diseases are rising in people below 40 years of age.

Bloggers are highly susceptible to acquiring the lifestyle problems if they don’t adopt a healthy blogging routine.

Even the developing and third world countries are catching up fast with lifestyle diseases by leading a faulty lifestyle.

What should be the lifestyle that you should follow?

Ayurvedic Lifestyle – The Solution to Your Lifestyle Problems

Is there an ideal lifestyle? Though you can have your own variant of a lifestyle, there are certain elements that should always be present in any lifestyle.

You can read all about that in my post – Are you living an ideal lifestyle?

The ancient Indians realized the problems of lifestyle and came up with a solution. They devised routine and dietary guidelines to follow for all.

The Ayurvedic lifestyle divides the daily routine into two cycles consisting of 3 time zones of 4 hours each:

Cycle 1

6 A.M. to 10 A.M.

This is the time to wake up, go for a walk, exercise, meditate or say your prayers, get ready, have light breakfast, and start work.

10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

This is the most productive and creative time of the day. Do your important work during this time. Also, have your food near noontime.

2 P.M. to 6 P.M.

This is the time to take some rest, or do the not-so-important work.

Cycle 2

6 P.M. to 10 P.M.

Evening times is to recreate, socialize, practice yoga or go for a walk, meditate or self-reflect. You should have dinner possibly around or before dusk, do some reading or pursue your hobby, and sleep early.

10 P.M. to 2 A.M.

This is the most crucial sleep phase to refresh and rejuvenate – don’t ever miss it.

2 A.M. to 6 A.M.

This is the time when your body does the entire repair and maintenance work. It is also the time to wake up early before dawn.

If you follow such a routine, you lead a balanced life. A balanced daily life routine has the least possible chances of presenting problems in your life.

As for the food habits as advised by the Ayurvedic lifestyle, just follow these simple rules:

–          Eat only when hungry

–          Drink lot of water to remove the toxins from your body

–          Have a diet full of seasonal fruits and vegetables

–          Don’t eat much of fried and sweet food.

Of course, this is just a rough routine. There’s more to the Ayurvedic lifestyle along with specific conditions and exceptions that you may find here.

A healthy and balanced lifestyle consisting of a balanced daily routine and food habits will keep your body metabolism and other processes in perfect condition.

Girl eating fruits and vegetables for healthy lifestyle

Share Your Lifestyle Problems

What are the lifestyle problems that you’re facing? Are you unhappy with your daily routine or confused whether you’re following a healthy lifestyle or not?

Do you have problems about following guidelines of living or are certain daily routines not working for you? Have you acquired any lifestyle diseases and do not know how to get relief or proper treatment?

Ask your questions and share your experiences or story with everybody.

The exchange of thoughts, views, and experiences might do some good, to you and others. Know the mistakes that you or others have been making, to put your life onto the right track.

How to Share Your Lifestyle Problems

Simply express your heart and mind using words on the comments below.

It would help if you follow the following format so it is convenient for all other readers to read, understand, and reply to your comment.

1)      Describe your lifestyle problem as the title.

2)      Write your problem or experience in detail.

3)      If you’re a reader and wish to reply, please do so in the same thread by clicking “Reply”.

4)      Subscribe to the comments if you wish to be notified of the replies or other comments.

You’ve the right to remain anonymous on the “Share your problems and solutions” posts if you’ve any privacy concerns.

To The Vibrant Aha!NOW Blog Community and Others

It’s time to contribute and help others.

You’re rich with life experiences and probably gone through the problems mentioned above or shared by others. You might also have found the solutions that work for you.

Well, then why not share them with others and gift them the freedom from their lifestyle problems.

If you’re looking for solutions, then please read this disclaimer before you proceed. I do not guaranty you a perfect solution and it’s always best to seek advice and help from an authorized or expert counselor.

However, I hope we can all help each other to understand our lifestyle, and make our lives easier and better by getting rid of the problems of a faulty lifestyle.

Over to You –

Do you’ve a lifestyle problem? What are you doing about it? Do you believe you can avoid the lifestyle diseases by changing your lifestyle? Share in the comments.

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  1. AJ Walton

    January 25, 2015 at 1:11 am

    It’s amazing how well I score in some areas and how poorly in others.

    I’ve had tendonitis for 8 years, stemming from my time as a guitarist. Working on the internet doesn’t exatly help, though exercise, proper food, and better posture have mde it possible for me to continue.

    Sometimes I think that I may be better served in the long run giving up the online thing, but there’s so much I want to accomplish and the internet is such a powerful tool if used right.

    I wasn’t familiar with the Ayurvedic cycles before, but I’m intrigued by the idea. In principle it seems like we go through a lot of different cycles. Or cycles within cycles, even from week to week or month to month our energy, enthusiasm, attention, desire to rest/move may be different. I try to find ways to balance healthy routines and following these different cycles of energy.

    One thing I’m keen on doing is going to bed at 10pm and waking up at 6. Very appealing to me. Like many, it’s tough with work/school schedules plus coordinating with my girlfriend. But definitely something to work on.

  2. Aditya

    June 1, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Great Post Harleena,

    Teenagers are mostly affected with this life problems and some of them include their personal issues too! After reading this i can make my friends realize their problem and let them find solutions!!

  3. Arleen

    May 30, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Harleena- What a wonderful post.

    I have completely changed my diet and I feel so much better. I go to an acupuncturist every week and I must say that has really made a difference. She told me one simple thing. Do not cross your legs as it pulls on your back. It took me a long time to break the habit but my back is better. I also make sure when I am sitting I sit all the way back in the chair. Not all changes for the better have to be difficult

  4. Ann07

    May 29, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Great!

    This is such an interesting topic and an epic content as well.

    I must agree with all your brilliant thoughts. A faulty lifestyle basically brings problems in an individual’s life. I guess it would bring problems in many aspects of your life, including your mental and physical health.

    Definitely, people have these lifestyle problems and actions that make their life difficult. I agree with this fact given.

    Glad you’ve shared knowledge on how to avoid or rather and much better stop these lifestyle problems.

    Hope to hear more from you. Good day!

    Best,
    Ann07

    By the way, I found this post shared on Kingged.com

  5. Nirmal Anandh

    May 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Mam,
    Interesting write up. I don’t think so , 6.00 am to 10.00 am is the best time to wake up. According to me, 4.30 am to 6.00 am is the best time to see the surya bhagavan. This time may not be suitable for all, because lifestyle and day to day activities may differ from person to person. But this is the best time i think.

    In our hindu religion, our ancestor prefer to wake up at brahma muhurtham. When we follow this, we can surely break up the things like Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Chronic backache, Depression, Stroke, Heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Cirrhosis, Arteriosclerosis etc…

    And also doing yogasana at this time will work out more to reduce stress, depression, bla bla… Anyway thanks for sharing this awesome post mam. Always Hats off to you mam… You are really great and am a great fan of your writing…. Keep going.

  6. Shalu Sharma

    May 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Life is hard as it is and we tend to make it worse by engaging in activities that is not compatible with good lifestyle. For me TV is not a problem but wasting a lot of time doing things on the internet. I am cutting down on it. I have stopped doing a lot of activities associated with the internet and plan to do some walking. Hopefully lead a more healthy lifestyle. Thanks for these great tips Harleena.

  7. Nathaniel Kidd

    May 25, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I really enjoyed this post. My day job is managing two medical health clinics for the military. Too many times I see people come into my clinics with health related problems that can be avoided. In many cases incomes down to education, discipline, and a lifestyle change.

    I am also a member of a Community Health Council where I provide counseling to at risk personnel on many health related issues. The things that you mention here are so very true and I wish we could get this type of information into the hands of our communities. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Lea Bullen

    May 25, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Oh wow, who know multitasking was a lifestyle problem. I knew it was truly ineffective but wow. Just another reason to give it up.

    Eating while watching TV is the easiest way to over eat. You just keep shoveling it in without realizing that you’re no longer hungry or how much you ate. It’s just like eating something straight out of the box, you get carried away.

    The Ayurvedic lifestyle is probably right for me. The hours work and I tend to like to wind down in the 3-6pm range.

    ~Lea

  9. Angela McCall

    May 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    That’s right. Most diseases nowadays are caused by lifestyle. Years ago, me and hubby went to a health seminar and this one nutritionist practitioner said, most of the diseases we inherit from our forefathers were caused during World War II. She said that because of war, plantations were destroyed. There wasn’t much too eat. Many have poor diet.

    We learn from the seminar that when you eat wholesome food, your mood also changes. American diet eat too much meat. They should follow that pyramid food guidance. More carbo and less meat. I’ve notice when I eat more vegetables and fruits, my energy level boost up. When I eat more meat, I feel sluggish.

    Many diseases of today are caused by our own emotions. Now, I understand what the bible really say, when God said, “Do not let the sun go down upon your wrath.” Meaning, be angry but do not sin by internalizing all of these inside you for days and days, just LET IT GO and forgive.

    I’ve learn that those people who FORGIVE more, I mean truly forgive by not bringing the skeletons out of the closet, have better immune system. When God said, forgive and let bygones be bygones, I mean He means business. He tells us these words for nothing. It means something.

    Unforgiveness caused cancer, ulcer, hypertension, and many more. I have a book about this matter. All the diseases were listed there all caused by our own depression and negative feeling.

    As we age, we should eat less and exercise more because our body slows down. Our body cannot burn all these calories as fast as when we were young teenagers. But many Americans just do the opposite. Also fast food are toxic.

    Anyway, Harleena, this is an excellent post as always. I will talk lto you more later. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Angela

  10. Ahsan

    May 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    I think the modern people is facing life style problem. Its common most of family. As we are fully engaged with digital gadget, we don’t get enough time for exercise or enjoy our leisure time by hiking or travelling to neighborhood.

    You added some nice points – balanced diet, regular exercise, enjoy free time etc. We must follow a daily routine. There should be mentioned every day to day work with time schedule. So it will help us to be active & free from disease.

    Anyway have a safe & happy weekend 🙂

  11. Steven Wilson

    May 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Hey Harleena,

    This was an excellent and detailed post. I agree with all your tips here. I think the stress factor adds a lot of problems for us as well. So many of the common problems you mentioned can be brought on by stress.

    I believe stress is a silent killer since it can bring on so many problems that can affect us long term if not addressed soon enough.

    I enjoyed the read. Have a great weekend.

  12. Adrienne

    May 24, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Wow Harleena,

    I sure do feel blessed because after reading this I don’t have any lifestyle problems. Thank goodness for that.

    I’ve never been a smoker or had any type of problems or habits. The only thing I guess I could say is an issue is that I’m an emotional eater. BUT, it really has to be something big for me to eat like that. I mean if I’m down in the dumps I might do a little binge eating but that’s usually just a day or so. I’ve only been depressed twice in my life and I put on about 30 pounds each time but I did eventually get it off.

    I do type all day long and have been in the secretarial field for over 30 years so I’m blessed I’ve never had issues with my hands or wrists. I remember the last job I got the secretary I was going to work with had just come back from major surgery due to carpal tunnel. She was also about 15 years younger than me too so I know I had the years professionally on her too. I think that has a lot to do with the way your keyboard is situated as well and having a good chair too. I guess I’ve done well in both those areas.

    Yep, I’m definitely blessed.

    ~Adrienne

  13. Ando Mierzwa

    May 24, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Such a great article, Harleena!

    Health isn’t built around hype. It’s little, boring things we do EVERY DAY that make the biggest difference.

    The GOOD NEWS is changing even a couple of bad habits puts you on the path to a healthier, happier life.

    So, sleep, floss, smile, whatever! 🙂

  14. Dr. Diana

    May 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Healthy post indeed.. 🙂

    We bloggers should take care of our health and we should take proper sleep. All day sitting work and lots of eating can leave bad effect on our health.

    ~Diana

  15. Ilka

    May 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Harleena!

    A wonderful post once again, mentioning all the important points! Thank you so much!

    I so agree that we bloggers and writers are in danger for a bad lifestyle. Sometimes it is so hard to just stop and do something else. And of course there is always something to write or to check or to research. Like in so many areas it all comes back to habits. Thanks for the reminder.

    I remember the time where I injured my foot, had a complicated surgery and I was on crutches for months. I did not change the way I ate. But just stopping to move around and sitting most of the time made me gain weight. And after I started walking again I found out how hard it is to lose weight once you have too much.

    It is truly better to focus on a good lifestyle before problems show up. But even if it gets harder to lose weight once you are a little overweight, it is never impossible (just as a little motivation). But it does take time. I tried to lose in one month what I gained in many months. Of course that was not possible! It took months to lose weight again. So, it’s important to be patient, to get the expectations right and to keep moving 🙂

  16. Barb Brady

    May 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Hi Harleena,
    This was a fun post to read. It was also interesting to read the comments.

    I got so busy the past few months that I ate OK but not great. Plus, I stopped exercising. The end result was that I ended up gradually gaining weight.

    I am fairly tall, so I may not look a lot overweight . . . but I wasn’t at my best weight and just wasn’t as healthy. So, I am back to eating good and exercising.

    I know a lot of people think to have fun means to eat at restaurants — and really eat whatever they want. But, for me, I don’t want to do that. I want to be at a healthy weight where I feel good. So I am on a mission to get back to my desired weight.

    One of your commenters talked about Fitbit. I do have a Fitbit to monitor my steps per day. I like it!

    Barb




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