More Excellent Substitutes For Your Daily Addictions
Living in 2017 can be stressful, to say the least. That’s why we can’t get enough of our false fixes – whether they are minor addictions to substances, behaviours or our digital world.
We’ve already covered a bunch of alternatives to the daily habits previously. Now let’s take a look at some other examples how we can take the edge off these hectic times.
Creating something new instead of consuming too much news
Do you have a fear of missing out on the latest news? Here’s one fact: Regardless of how much news you consume, your life doesn’t change. If we were to be properly 100% informed, we could spend hours and hours and hours reading all the news sites and thus turn it into a full-time job.
But to what avail? Being informed is necessary, as long as you don’t get drowned in the tsunami of excessive information. Choose your information carefully and mindfully, and subtract the rest.
What about trying a new recipe, taking up that marathon challenge or perhaps writing a poem? You new endeavor doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. The most important thing is that it will make you feel like you yourself become the source of positive news. Consume less, create more formula is the road to contentment.
Fruity and nutty treats instead of sugary snacks
Sugar, one of the sweetest and most innocent looking drugs ever, is actually a substance considered more addictive than cocaine and equal to heroin.
An ideal substitute for the white gold would be something sweet tasting but not as malevolent. Fresh fruit, dried fruit and all kinds of savoury nuts and seeds should be your “I don’t do sugar” starter kit. After some time, your sweet tooth should start to disappear. Here you can get inspired by what nutritionists themselves munch on when coping with their sugar cravings.
Your alternative of choice should have as many benefits as possible (vitamins, minerals, fibre) and preferably no negative effects. Therefore, it might be a good idea to steer clear of artificial sweeteners.
Counting your blessings instead of comparing yourselves to others
The term of social comparison became so much more relevant in the light of the social media phenomenon.
There’s a silver lining you might have not considered yet: Believe it or not, the same people you are comparing yourself to, are comparing themselves to other wonderful individuals. Maybe even to you! You might have something they lack. Comparing never ends in the human zoo.
We all have read and heard about the miracles of gratitude and such. Sometimes easier said than done, right? Alternatively, you could try practising the golden middle way between “Pollyanna” and “grass is always greener somewhere else” attitudes.
Staring at the night sky instead of staring at your screen before bedtime
Give yourself a break at least before you turn in for the night. Just ditch your FOMO, peek out of your dwelling and go take a look at the night sky! If you’re lucky enough and don’t live in a high-smog area, you may even get to see a star-spangled sky. But don’t overdo this, either, lest you fall victim to nyctophilia – yup, you can look that one up.
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