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10 Things to Stop Doing to Improve Your Health

Stop Doing These Things and Improve Your Health

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Updated June 14, 2014

Pregnancy

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The childbearing years can be a joy for some and a stressful, challenging and emotionally difficult time for others. If you are dealing with infertility or coping with a pregnancy loss, here are some things to stop doing to yourself.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Are Fertility Challenged: Infertility can take its toll on you personally as well as your relationship. Things to stop doing include basing your self-worth on your fertility, waiting to live life as a family, and trying to cope on your own.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Support Someone With Infertility: If you know someone with fertility issues you might not be sure how to handle the situation, especially if you are pregnant or have children. Sensitivity and empathy are important; so are knowing those things you should stop saying or doing.

10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself After a Pregnancy Loss: Miscarriage and pregnancy loss are difficult enough, without the added stress of doing things like blaming yourself, trying to cope on your own, and worrying about what other people think.

Sexual Health

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Whether you are worried about birth control or concerned about contracting a sexually transmitted disease, there are a variety of behaviors that you can stop doing to improve your sexual health.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want Effective Birth Control: If you want to have effective birth control, some things to stop doing include putting off talking about it with your partner and relying on your partner for contraception.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Improve Your Sexual Health: Do you sometimes let sex happen when you didn't plan to? Assume someone is "safe" because they are clean and well-dressed? These and other behaviors are things you want to stop doing to improve your sexual health.

Skin Health

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Acne is no fun. At the same time, you might be making it worse with some of the things that you are doing to try and make it better.

10 Things to Stop Doing When You Have Acne: If you suffer with acne, you might do things like blame yourself, over-cleanse your skin, or waste money on "miracle cures." These and other behaviors don't fix your acne so you might as well stop doing them.

Weight Loss

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It's easy to think about the things you should be doing when trying to lose weight: exercise and eat right. What about those things that you shouldn't be doing? Whether you are trying to lose weight yourself, have a child who is overweight, or are trying out a specialized diet like low-carb, there are some things you just shouldn't do.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Lose Weight: Just can't find the time to exercise? Joined the gym but spend more time socializing than exercising? If this is you, its important to recognize the things that you do that sabotage your weight loss efforts.

10 Things to Stop Doing if Your Child is Overweight: What should you stop doing if your child is overweight? For starters, stop using food as a reward and stop enabling sedentary behavior.

10 Things to Stop Doing on a Low-Carb Diet: If you are on a low-carb diet, some things to stop doing include drinking sugary drinks, being afraid to eat fat, and letting your meal planning become boring and repetitive.

Well-Being

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If you want to improve your general health and well-being, stop doing things that contribute to stress or that may shorten your lifespan.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Live Longer: Most of us want to be around as long as we can; hopefully in good health. If you want to stick around a long time it isn't rocket science; you need to stop doing things like eating fast food, smoking, and not getting enough exercise. Letting go of anger and staying social can also mean a longer life.

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Are Stressed: If you are feeling stressed it can be easy to slip into bad habits. However, if you want to cope better with stress it is important to stop doing things like ruminating, not getting enough sleep, and overloading your schedule.

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