6 WebsiteCompass Feature Story Rebooting Can Mean Replacing Bad Habits with Good Ones Rebooting your life often includes releasing negative elements to make room for positive changes. While breaking old habits can be challenging, it’s well worth the effort. Here are a few areas to consider. Smoking Quitting smoking can add years to your life and improve your sense of wellbeing. While quitting this addictive habit is tough, there are many resources out there to help. For starters, check out the CDC’s How to Quit Smoking guide at cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quitsmoking/index.html. Unhealthy Eating Eating patterns can be built over years or even decades, so it’s no small feat to change them. But you can do it by taking one small step at a time. For some initial guidance, look to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Eat Healthy site at health.gov/ myhealthfinder/health-conditions/ diabetes/eat-healthy. Lack of Movement Exercise can seem intimidating if you think of it as running five miles per day. Instead of exercise, think in terms of movement, which could be as simple as getting up from your desk a few times per day, or taking a walk around the block. The American Heart Association recommends several other ways to move more at heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/ getting-active/no-time-for-exercise-hereare-7-easy-ways-to-move-more. Toxic Relationships You may not realize how much certain romantic, friend, and work relationships are impacting your health and your ability to be effective in the world. Ending toxic relationships isn’t simple, but it’s possible. PsychCentral offers 10 pointers for doing it at psychcentral.com/blog/ steps-to-end-a-toxic-relationship. Social Media Overuse Let’s face it, social media is a doubleedged sword. It can bring connection and delight but also disappointment and sadness. Changing the way you use social media can help. Find pointers from mental healthcare provider BetterHelp at betterhelp.com/advice/ general/too-much-social-media-10ways-to-find-a-healthy-balance. Unsubscribe from Unwanted Emails Unwelcome emails are annoying at best and stressful at worst. While you do have some control over your inbox, you need to make sure to do it safely. 1. Clicking Unsubscribe on anunwanted email isn’t always the best option because scammers sometimes send emails just to find out if your address is valid. If you click Unsubscribe, you’re letting them know it is, which could lead to more junk. 2. Only use the Unsubscribe option if you’re pretty sure the sender is a valid website but something you don’t want anymore, such as messages from a store you bought something from once but don’t want to hear from again. 3. F or other emails from obviously phony addresses like fnxdlrng@ googledygook.com, the better option is to mark them as Junk in your email application. Finally, you can avoid seeing as much junk email altogether by changing the preferences in your email application to reflect stricter spam filtering. QUICK TIP: Have a habit of overcommitting? Try saying“no” to small things and work your way up.