BREAK­ING BAD (HABITS)

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

It is one psy­cho­log­i­cal hur­dle af­ter an­other. We’ve all suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated Fail Fri­day – the day in the third week of Jan­uary when we’re most likely to give up on all our New Year’s res­o­lu­tions and slip back into our old, un­healthy ways – only to be faced with Ground­hog Day. Orig­i­nally it­was all about the date – Fe­bru­ary 2 – when a gi­ant ro­dent pre­dicts whether there’ll be an early spring or six more weeks of a cold, harsh win­ter in Amer­ica. But it’s no longer as­so­ci­ated with that, thanks to the hi­lar­i­ous 1993 movie star­ring a less-than-per­fect Bill Mur­ray.

In it, he has to re­live the day over and over un­til he changes his ways, and so now Ground­hog Day is for­ever as­so­ci­ated with re­peat­ing our mis­takes. That’s why, ex­perts say, it’s the per­fect time to break our bad habits once and for all.

From bit­ing your nails, to hit­ting the gy­mand step­ping away fromthe cakes (or cheese in my case), we’ve rounded up all the ex­pert ad­vice to cre­ate our well­ness is­sue and make 2016 the year you be­come your per­fect self and get out of your Ground­hog Day groove.

And the good news is most of them are tiny changes that we can make with­out hav­ing to sac­ri­fice too much. How hard is it to re­duce our so­cial me­dia use down to one hour a day, for ex­am­ple, or tell our friends what we plan to give up so that they can call us out when we’re tuck­ing into a choco­late bar in­stead of fruit on day two of our diet?

Find out how you can beat all your un­healthy habits on page 32. We also re­veal why keep­ing a jour­nal is good for your phys­i­cal and emo­tional well-be­ing, on page 40. If all that­makes you anx­ious – well, it might be your char­ac­ter. Find out what the dif­fer­ent types of stress per­son­al­i­ties are in our fas­ci­nat­ing fea­ture on page 36. No prizes for guess­ing that I’m a drama queen!

Un­til next week,

TINY changes are all that’ s needed. How hard is it to re­duce SO­CIAL me­dia used own to ONE HOUR a day, or TELL friends about our DIET so they can call us out when we’ re hav­ing CHOCO­LATE in­stead of FRUIT?

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