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  • Writer's pictureAli Naglee

How does your environment affect your habits?

Have you ever thought about how your home environment could influence your habits? Well, it does! What, and who, we surround ourselves with can make a big difference in the choices we make, as well as our overall well-being.


For starters, have you ever noticed how your physical surroundings can impact your eating habits? When I have a well-stocked fridge filled with pre-washed and cut veggies, healthy snacks and colorful fruits on display, I'm more likely to grab those when hunger strikes or when boredom hits. On the other hand, if my pantry is filled with processed foods and sugary treats, it becomes a real challenge to resist them! It's all about having the right options readily available.


When it comes to physical activity, it's much easier to incorporate regular exercise if we have a beautiful park, or gym close by. The convenience and accessibility are real game changers. On the contrary, if we're constantly surrounded by sedentary activities like watching tv, scrolling social media or have lack of easy access to fitness facilities or outdoor space, it becomes more challenging to stay active.


Our social environment also plays a huge role in our healthy habits. There's a saying that goes, "you're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." Think about it—when we surround ourselves with like-minded individuals who prioritize their well-being, it tends to rub off on us. It's motivating to have friends or family members who encourage us to make healthy choices and join us in activities like hiking, biking, or cooking healthy meals together. On the flip side, if we're constantly surrounded by people who have unhealthy habits, it can be difficult to resist peer pressure and stick to our own health goals.


Lastly, these days our digital environment affects our habits as well. Following social media accounts that promote body positivity, healthy recipes, and fitness inspiration can be motivating and reinforce our healthy habits. But on the other hand, being bombarded with unrealistic beauty standards or excessive junk food advertisements can have a negative influence on our choices. If you have kids that are old enough to have access to social media, it's important to have conversations around the impact of who and what they follow, too.


So, think about your life for a second. How has your environment (or the people you're with most) influenced your own healthy habits - positively or negatively? Do you have any tips or tricks for creating a conducive environment that supports your well-being?


I'm always eager to learn new ideas and strategies to make positive changes and would love to hear your thoughts. Reply back and let me know!


Talk soon,


Ali Naglee


Ali Naglee Wellness

Certified Holisitic Health Coach

www.alinagleewellness.com


Ali Naglee Wellness

Fayetteville, GA 30215 GA 30215-4839 United States

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