The Chaitra month Navratri starts with Gudi Padwa or the Hindu Navvarsh (beginning of the new year). This nine day Chaitra Navratri 2017 festival, which started on March 28 is ending with Ram Navmi (Lord Ram's birth celebrations) today on April 5. During these auspicious nine days of Navratri festival, many of you must have kept fasts and observed a life within the boundaries of religious discipline with no consumption of meet, fish, eggs and alcohol for most.

Though the Navratri festival has come to an end with the Ram Navmi celebrations in Jaipur and everywhere around, this doesn't puts an end to the need of following a disciplined life. No, we aren't asking you to live on milk and fruits for the rest of your life ;) But, there are definitely a few bad habits you should quit this Navratri.

1. Snacking All the Day: Unhealthy Eating

Snacking all day when you aren't even hungry is dangerous. Overeating and moreover, unhealthy eating can lead to several diseases and health problems such as increasing cholesterol levels, diabetes, uneven blood pressure, etc. Stop stuffing your body with junk food by fixing your bad eating habits this Navratri. Focus on healthier living with a nutritious diet and mind you, it includes in-taking lots and lots of water as well.

2. Excuses

One of the bad habits you need to quit now is the habit of making excusing and blaming something or the other for everything you do, or don't do, or anything that happens in your life. The blaming game is very dangerous, not for anyone else but You :) Have the guts to take responsibility your actions and weaknesses and constantly work on improving yourself towards becoming a better individual. As Randy Pausch quoted -

"It's not about the cards you're dealt, but how you play the hand."

Excuses restrict your growth, both personal and professional. So, better give up on excuses this Navratri season. Own your life!

3. Binge Drinking

Binge drinking has never done any good to anyone. Regular alcohol consumption only puts you at a higher risk for dizziness, weight gain, liver damage, various cancers, high blood pressure, depression, heart diseases, and the drink-and-drive accidents that may often be fatal. Quit binge drinking for improved digestion, sound sleep, better relationships and more good stuff your way. Over drinking is for sure one bad habit to quit this Navratri.

4. Toxic People: Bad Company

You must always choose your company very wisely because it is said that over time, you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. In our list of the bad habits you should give up this Navratri, we are asking you to give up on bad company. Surround yourself with people who encourage you to become better versions of yourself. There's no point dragging relationships that pull you down. If someone is bringing out the worst in you, it is high time to make changes in your closer circle today!

5. The 'Night Owl' Behaviour

Most youngsters have developed a routine of behaving like a 'Night Owl'. This is one of the most dangerous bad habits you need to quit now for a healthier You in the long run. Not getting enough of good night sleep can damage your immune system and other body processes to great levels. A weaker immune system would mean putting yourself at higher risk of seasonal illnesses and even serious illnesses in the times to come. So, it is utmost necessary to follow a healthy lifestyle with a minimum of 7-8 hours of good sleep on most nights of the week. Sleep well tonight!

Your Navratri fasting or any other religious observances would never succeed in yielding positive results in your life until you quit bad habits and get determined to follow a healthier, more prosperous and happier lifestyle! Live Life Better! One Life!


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