SYPS: Resolve Lifestyle Problems to Make Your Life Better

Table of Contents Factors of a Faulty LifestyleLifestyle Problems – Actions That Make Your Life Difficult10 Major Lifestyle…
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. 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. 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. 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. 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!


    By the way, I found this post shared on

  5. 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. 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. 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. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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. 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. 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.


  13. 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. 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.


  15. 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. 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!


  17. Hi Harleena,

    We as bloggers are sedentary by nature and it’s difficult to realize how little exercise we get sitting at the computer all day. I got a fitness band that really helps me get active. It reminds me when I’ve been sitting too long and helps me achieve my daily fitness goal.

    My problem is not enough sleep. My girls have to leave very early for school and I should be getting to sleep much earlier than I do.

    I like your explanation of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle. I follow most of it except for the sleep. It’s interesting to see how my day has naturally fallen into that schedule! (Except for the sleep)

  18. Hello Harleena,
    Nice post. It is awesome because you did outline the stuff (cycles and tips) to make live a better lifestyle 🙂

    Thanks for the post and do have a nice weekend ahead…

  19. Hey Harleena,

    Sorry for stopping here so late.

    Such a wonderful post. You have explained about the problems which are faced by many people in this modern era. Hypertension is the most common problem I have seen occur with many people surrounding me.

    Now a days people prefer to eat fast food. Specially our youth. Though I am also a young guy but it doesn’t mean I am included in this list:) And you know most of people don’t even care about their body. Most of young people start their workout but don’t continue it. After few days they get rid of hard work and take rest. I hope I will never be like those.

    Thanks for bringing such issue.
    Have a great day. 🙂


  20. Hi Harleena,

    I am one person who believes that we have total control about how we feel, look and live, so your tips here are right on target.

    As Tony Robbins says, “I can look at you and see what is your life style.” That is so true, don’t your think? We can look at someone and know if they work out or not, if they eat healthy or not and even if they are miserable most of the time or not.

    Thank you for those wonderful tips and reminders.

  21. Hi Harleena,

    You have posted very unique concept. All people wants his lifestyle is better all time. Your definition about lifestyle is very simple and all the instruction you have mentioned here seems useful and helpful for us. We need to implement all these instruction on our self to make our lifestyle better, i have got so many things from this article for my lifestyle and also other people will get same

    Thanks for sharing.

    Keep it up 🙂

  22. Hi Harleena: Greetings and big congrats for writing a post on such an important issue which most of us face but don’t know it has hit our lifestyle.

    My biggest lifestyle problem is my being more creative and less practical. I have hundreds and hundreds of ideas on everything I do but almost no time to implement them. Secondly I just conceive an idea, share and discuss it with my friends and then forget it.

    My second lifestyle problem is my idealism. I want to do everything in an ideal way and get irritated to compromise on its quality. My third problem is my habit of diving into any field which appeals to me. That is why in my 20 years career I have done 20 jobs in six different fields.
    The most important lifestyle problem of mine is I have adjusted with all of my above problems and enjoy them a lot.

    Now come to your awesome post. The way you described the value and worth of time by dividing it into different little slots and zones is really awesome. Only a person like you can refer such a wonderful zoning of time to know which time is best suited for which activity and how we can do it more productively.

    I personally observe no doubt machine has facilitate our life a lot but it equally hurt us. It sabotaged the social fabric of life. It almost deprived us the peace of mind. Now we keep a vigil eye on our watch even while dancing and swimming. We are short of time though machine has done doing of everything very fast. What a paradox that when we used to do every work manually and slowly we had so much time to enjoy. Now we can do every work so fast with the help of machines but always run short of time. So what do you say; has machine made our life heaven or hell?

    Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post and igniting a heated valuable debate in comments section which itself a series of several posts. After reading this post the only phrase comes into my mind is LIFE IS NOT TO WASTE IN PROBLEMS BUT TO ENJOY IT WHILE SOLVING THE PROBLEMS.

  23. Hi Harleena,

    A timely note/post for all! Indeed you covered almost all lifestyle problems and some solutions to it. Of course the connected links too speak volume. Thank you so much for providing such a lot of information for a balanced life.

    The problem with my is almost similar as Kumar mentioned in his comment. Typing. Oh I can’t even imagine without that, day in and day out it continues 🙂 I am sure almost all bloggers here face or go through somewhat similar situation. Yes, as you said we need to give a break to it. The tips given for this is worth practicing Harleena. Indeed we all need to have a break there.

    Though I do not watch TV. I spent time at my PCs, Laptops, and mobile phones. Hey, Harleena, how can this be possible? when you and I need to attend our mails, comments and other blogging needs, is that possible !!
    This still remains with me a BIG Question, but as you said we need to….And again connected with the above thing sitting is also important how can we avoid this ! 🙂 Oh My…S…Kills!!

    I heard that in some IT companies and other places they provide computer/lap table to use while standing, hey is this provision available in India!!? Harleena you brought out a wonderful and informative post in the series of FOYS. Thanks a lot for such a lot of information.

    May you have a wonderful and healthy week ahead !
    ~ Philip

  24. In real life we don’t have time for the the ayurvedic cycle, but we can substitute junk food snacks for fruits and a good walk during the evening to help our health. Personally I just need to pay attention to exercise a bit more to lose few pounds, I have gained from sitting writing, marketing and crafting.I better go on the trampoline everyday no matter what. That is a promise that I’m Making public thanks for this interesting post Harleena

  25. Hi Harleena,

    Super tips! As within, so without….meaning, all dis-ease is the absence of ease, caused by some lifestyle choice. Amazing, how when you pray, and move your feet, your life changes.

    Folks think I’m always happy because I choose to be. Well, I’m happy most times, through choice, but exercising 1-2 hours daily, and meditating, and prayer, have something to do with my health and happiness, too 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

  26. Great post Harleena.

    Thanks for telling us about the Ayurvedic’s daily routine. It makes sense to divide the day up like that. I assume it would alleviate a lot of the daily stressors.

    I try to go by a timed schedule but life doesn’t always go as planned so that rarely works out for me…but I do love my to-do lists. 🙂

    The schedule they have laid out is pretty much what I try to do and I’ve been pretty good about having dinner done by 6:30 pm and walking around on the treadmill afterward to wind down.

    I’ve been trying to watch what I eat and watching my in-between snacks by eating more fruit but there are just some days when a cupcake hits the spot :). I do drink at least 4 16 oz bottles of water a day and I have really cut back on my soda intake.

    I think what stops me from having a balanced life is doing more of what I like to do like reading. I was doing it for a while but suddenly stopped. I might go out and buy a book this weekend 🙂

    I hope you’re having a great week so far my dear friend. Thank you again for putting this post together.

  27. Great healthy tips. I know how physical inactivity effect our health( contribute to obesity, diabetes, hypertension) but didn’t familiar with other problems yet. Now am getting your point that how badly others also effect our lifestyle.
    There are millions of people suffers from these problem. This post truly help them to get rid from these problems. But our first important concern is regular physical activity since it reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

  28. I certainly have lifestyle problem that involve irregular eating hours, irregular sleeping hours, and sitting long time to work on the computer. Although there is no immediate health effects of these habits but I know it could tell on me in the future. I guess prevention is better than cure.

    This article has provided me with some sort of re-awakening to the RIGHT healthy things. Its time to exercise real DISCIPLINE and regain complete control of a perfect health!

    By the way, the time zone practice and solution of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle is commendable. I think its worth exercising 😀

    I have left this comment in – the content syndication and social marketing platform for Internet marketers, where this post was shared.

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  29. Hello Harleena,

    Again a good post from your side. Every day technology is coming up and we just checking our lappy/mobile to try it… Well, many times my mother told to go outside for playing but every time I am doing something on my lappy…

    We are addicted to technology which automatically create problem in our lifestyle.. The only way to solve this problem is boycott these technology for 2-3 hours or more according to your requirement and go outside in the morning or evening.. You will surly feel good.. I have tested this myself and it’s really works.. 🙂

  30. Hi Harleena,

    This is an excellent tutorial…I hope the modern, tech savvy generation is listening! I know they sleep so late that there is no possibility of getting up at your given time! One of my nephews, who is glued to laptop all the time is the victim of such a life style but you know how they like to be themselves…these modern day youngsters!! So the voice to change your life style has to come from within and when it is heard, only then you an help yourself.

    I have never had any of these issues you have discussed here, probably I felt I had to practice what I taught and we often discussed health issues and eating habits in class discussions. I have always believed that we have to catch them young to inculcate these values, which later on become habits. We had a strict rule to switch off T.V. and come to the table to eat but now…I see my grown up, responsible children…independent enough to eat wherever they like!! Some values are always ignored for convenience and pleasure!

    Thanks for sharing another very thoughtful article. Have a nice day!

  31. Hi Harleena,

    I love this post. I’ve personally put a huge effort into fixing my lifestyle over the past year concerning diet and exercise. My biggest lifestyle problem is that I have a desk job and it can be really hard to remember I need movement all day long to stay healthy and avoid problems later in life.

    I actually have a treadmill with a piece of plywood sitting on the handles sort of as a desk for my laptop or iPad, so I try to get on that a little every day. I can walk slowly and do some work at the same time. It’s great!

  32. Excellent information and focus Harleena.

    I am so happy to say that right now I don’t have any “lifestyle” problem but that is because I attempt to do just about everything you list as important. And YES they are very important. And as you say, we writers do sit far too much so it’s so important that we continually get up and move.

    I also found great benefit in your list of cycles from the Ayurvedic Lifestyle. Very helpful and again, I’m happy to say I generally fall in that routine.

    Thank you for another great post with valuable information. ~Kathy

  33. Harleena,

    Thanks so much for setting this up. I would have to say that one thing I need to do is more exercise. I have so many “excuses” to stay away from it.

    This post and thread gave me some motivation. Pardon the pun, but I got an “Aha” moment here. I just thought of it while reading. I will start with my mindset and say to myself “Today I choose”

    Now, with that said, Today I choose to walk the beach with my dog. Fun, and easy for me to get started. Wish me luck!


    1. Hi Donna,

      My story is not different from yours – I too need to exercise more, walk more, and sleep early at night! Yes, these are the imperative aspects of our life, and whatever makes us not perform these actions, are excuses.

      I’m glad this post could help you get motivated, and give you your much needed “Aha! moment”. 🙂 That’s right, its all about our choices, and we need to consciously choose a healthy lifestyle.

      Wow, that’s fast and good! A nice way to get started, and the early successes would help you remain motivated to take up more healthy lifestyle challenges. So, tell me, how was your walk with your dog on the beach! I saw the pictures on Facebook and was motivated too 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your inspiring thoughts. Do have a healthy week ahead! 🙂

  34. Wonderful post Harleena!

    My lifestyle issues are many: not enough exercise and sunlight and a particular assignment that’s draining because I can’t telecommute. The company would save money if they allowed certain contractors to work from home.

    I don’t think I can control the weather. 🙂 I’m a person who prefers 300 or more days of sunshine. My preferred workout is hiking. However, the weather’s been horrible. I can’t hike because of wash outs. But, it is what it is.

    My goal is to shift my focus to what I can do. I can watch my caloric intake. I can workout on the weekends, for now (I’m up early and late so I can work on client and personal projects). I can take advantage of sunny days and go for a walk or run when I get home from my contract job. I can also focus more on gratitude and, “This too shall pass.” 🙂

    1. Hi Amandah,

      I’m glad you like the post. 🙂

      As I mentioned in the post, I think bloggers and writers are most vulnerable to the lifestyle problems and diseases. Yes, telecommute would help save the companies their money, but some feel that they’d get better quality with onsite jobs.

      Yes, sometimes you can’t live your perfect and healthy lifestyle, but then you’ve to accept and adapt yourself to whatever the circumstances and situations are. I think it’s a good strategy to just focus on what you can do, and eventually you end up making your lifestyle healthy to a great extent.

      Thanks for sharing your valuable life experiences. 🙂

  35. Hello,

    You have mentioned all the right points. However, I would like to add one more point and that is the quality of food which is creating havoc in our lives. No doubt, stress is responsible for our problems but chemical based foods are a big contributor in spreading the disease.
    We are what we eat, hence we should try to eat chemical free stuff if we want to stay healthy.

    I have tried to go organic, though I have not succeeded much. All that we eat today are artificially produced. These vegetables and fruits do more harm than good. Most of the times we ourselves are responsible for our depleting health. Staying awake till late night, no fixed time for lunch and dinner, no physical activity, over using the technology etc are all responsible for our deteriorating health. I think health is in our hands.

    Technology has constructive as well as destructive properties. If we use technology in the right way that it can do wonders in our life but today we abuse ourselves through technology. As mentioned in your article a disciplined life style is the key to a stress free and happy life.

    1. Hi Tanveer,

      You’ve put forth a very important point – the quality of food matters, even if its the fruits and vegetables.

      Just recently I read in the newspaper that fruit vendors were using certain chemicals to fasten the ripening of fruits. Now, that is really dangerous.

      In this age of technological advancement, many farmers resort to genetically altered food crops, which too remains a debatable issue. There are some people who don’t favor the organic food either, but at least, those are free from harmful chemicals.

      As you say, our health is in our hands. It’s up to us how we use the technology. Thanks for your great insights and revelations. I’m sure this would help the readers a lot.

      Thanks for visiting and have a great day ahead! 🙂

  36. Harleena,
    I used to watch TV for hours with some snacks beside me. The result was added weight and I did not know about it. My daughter commented ‘you look very bloated amma’. That was enough to gear me up. I now do not watch TV that much. I am usually a very early morning riser. I now do exercises daily and go for a long walk in the evenings.It felt great when my daughter told me ‘wow you now look lot less than your age amma. You have slimmed down a lot’. As usual you had written about the need of the day- health.

    1. Hi Mathi,

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience and it greatly adds value to this post. You’re so right – when you eat snacks while watching TV, you lose track of time of eating and then this habit becomes associated with your act of watching TV. So, whenever you watch TV, you’ll feel a craving for snacks. And, these are all added calories that as you mention, adds weight to your body without you even knowing or feeling so.

      It’s great that you took positive actions to improve your lifestyle and get back to the right shape and form. Thanks to your daughter!

      Wish you remain free from all lifestyle problems in the future too. Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

  37. Harleena, can this cycle be applied to one’s day if they wake at, say, 11 a.m.? I’d think that any 24-hour period could be split into these same sections, can’t it?

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      Well, I’m afraid the Ayurvedic lifestyle daily routine cycle starts early morning only. This science of living categorizes all the time zones, and its activities and their underlying reasons in a scientific manner. It also takes into account the nature and processes of the environment and your body, so except for minor adjustments, I think such a cycle system works only for early risers.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope it helps 🙂

  38. Hello maam,

    What a post I must say – its quite like your mentor saying all this to you. If we look at these closely, these values have always existed sometimes in grandma’s care and other times in the scolds of dad. But we rarely understand these unless we fall prey to the consequences.

    Things like obesity, and diabetes and even insomnia have been now national concerns in many countries and being a graduate in Pharmacy I understand how deeply these problems are rooted.

    This post again rekindled my enthu to work towards a healthy life and so I expect other readers too would benefit.

    1. Hi Swadhin,

      You’re absolutely right – there’s nothing new in this post and probably your elders and parents have been telling you the same since ages. But yes, we don’t seem to value such wisdom at a young age.

      Definitely, these lifestyle problems disturb and destruct us, and obesity seems to be the most dangerous of them all.

      Good to know that you’re a student of pharmacy. Glad you like the post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they help the post.

      Do have a great week ahead! 🙂

  39. Hey Harleena
    This was a great post discussing an all-important topic. I have developed much better habits over the years, and have gotten better at thinking about the long-term, which definitely motivates me to be healthier now as I know the habits I have now will impact me 10, 20 years beyond. I love the Ayurveda stuff as welll- I did a program when I was in Kovalam for 10 days, and I felt great. I believe in that system of medicine and find it fascinating.

    1. Hi Kelli – good to have you back 🙂

      Good to know that you’ve been successful in bettering your habits. Different ways work for different people, and using the long-term implications and benefits is certainly a good way to stay self-motivated.

      Ah.. you’ve been to Kovalam and attended the Ayurveda course – that’s certainly good. Oh yes, Ayurveda has strong roots, and its daily routine and food habits make sense for all people all the time.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences with us. 🙂

  40. Hi Harleena,

    I’ve got two issues, and that’s too little exercise and overeating. Well, I’m not sure if I should call it overeating, but I’m not just eating the food my body needs. I’m eating as much as I can handle, and especially food I love to eat (like pizza).

    I’ve tried my best to exercise regularly, but it always seems to be something happening and I find excuses to not exercise. I’m planning to do something about it, but so far, it’s been just plans and no action 🙂

    Great post. It really made me think about my life and that I need to start doing something.


    1. Jens,
      One of the best ways to kick start a new habit, is change one thing and make it non negotiable. Like, write down everything you eat. It’s doable but powerful since it causes you to pause before eating. And eventually you switch your choices for the better.

      You can add things one at a time, like next, only eat sitting down. I like the TV rule Harleena adds in this post!

      Try this, it works. Best of luck!



    2. Hi Jens,

      Well, its good that you acknowledge or accept that you’re facing lifestyle problems in your life, and that’s always the first step in resolving issues.

      However, I guess you’re not the only one facing these problems. I too am guilty of not being regular with my exercises and walks, though I don’t overeat.

      I guess to start any new habit, you need to be very strict and forceful in the beginning, and then gradually, you start getting used to and to like the new pattern and routine, which happens automatically and whose absence might even upset you.

      Of course, we should not take our habits to such levels that they become counter productive and start hurting us. I’ve even experienced visualizing and positive dreaming to help too in forming or breaking habits, but that’s for some other time.

      One more thing – you blog and check your emails without fail because you like doing it – so how about making your exercise routine also interesting, then probably you’ll like to do it daily!

      Thanks for sharing your lifestyle problems and I hope my and Jodi’s suggestion help you come up with strategies to improve your lifestyle.

      Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  41. Hello Madam,

    This is very needed post to live our life without any problem. Daily routine gives us good health as well as makes us lead a good lifestyle. Your Ayurvedic Lifestyle Routine is very important, if any body follow this routine, they could avoid their lifestyle problem and its one of the good solutions.

    Thank you for sharing these tips.

    1. Hi Srimanta,

      That’s true – a good daily routine will certainly help you balance your life. The Ayurvedic daily routine, if followed to the T, would for sure make your lifestyle healthy.

      I’m glad you like the post. Thanks for visiting and sharing your views.:)

  42. Hi Harleena,

    I think one of the lifestyle problems I face is typing. I have too much to type, for work (being in IT, this is all I do all day long), for blogging, for social media marketing. Laptop, iPad and iPhones are the gadgets my fingers dance all the time and that has stressed them out.

    But, I wonder how can I avoid this. The one thing I have started to do is to slow down my typing speed and that seems to help a little. But you know, it is very hard for somebody like me to slow down in anything 🙂 It’s just not my nature…

    I am a big advocate of “DO NOT eat food while watching TV” and I am also a member of “wake up at 5 AM club”.

    I use Fitbit to count steps I walk everyday and I have been averaging out about 10K steps each day. Not bad 🙂

    I consume a lot of organically produced premium quality Nutrilite vitamins and I have not seen a doctor in last 7 years. I think I have been doing good so far (touch wood). But then, there is always a scope for improvement and you have given some great pointers through your Ayurveda’s clock cycles. I am going to do a bit more research in that area. It doesn’t hurt to make some more improvements 🙂

    Thank you for another very valuable post.Have a great week.


    1. Hi Kumar,

      Ask me! Typing is really something that takes our valuable time and tires our fingers, and the mind too! I’m sure in the future most of the blog interactions are going to be verbal or spoken, so that will certainly help you avoid this problem.

      You for sure have to type all the day. I guess the other option for you is to be selective – type more and make long comments only at selective places, I’m saying this because I might be doing the same thing.

      Eating before TV should be a big NO, but I know it’s difficult for people to understand and follow because it become a lifestyle and a hard to break habit.

      Early risers stand to benefit a lot, but then the late risers too would have their reasons to support their stand. So, in the end we would say “each one to own way of life”, but eventually, some ways are better than others.

      Wow! 10,000 steps a day, that’s really good. I’ve never used Fitbit but walking everyday is really great and I’m happy for you that you’re able to keep it up.

      You seem to be living an ideal lifestyle and doing all good things just perfectly! Leading a healthy lifestyle and not visiting a doctor for the last 7 years does show that it all really works for you.

      All the best for your research and improvement in your lifestyle, and make it the best from better! I’m glad you like the post.

      Thank for stopping by and sharing your lifestyle experiences with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

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