Someone once told me that the art of living ‘ideally’ revolves around the presence of health and soundness of mind and body, which develops inner strength against the lashes of a stressful life. In one way or another, we all need that kind of immunity, that sense of wholeness and well-being which follows therewith.
So, if you feel like you’ve been on the cold and dark track of gradual deterioration for too long now, then now’s the time to pull yourself out of that spell and get back on the road of healthy living. But where should you start? How about the incredibly easy and insanely effective hacks I’m mentioning below for your convenience? Let’s check them out one by one, and see how many works for you.
Boost your Mood with Orange Peel
Your mood has a direct effect on your health. So, keep it uplifted by sniffing a fresh orange or rubbing its essential oil on your wrists. There is something sparky about its fragrance, which wards off anxiety and stress.
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Slow down and appreciate each morsel of nourishment, which goes in your mouth by eating ‘mindfully’. Put some soft music on, savor each flavor, and properly chew your food instead of gulping it down in a rush. This way you won’t overeat and will feel much, much better.
Meditate over Yoga
Bring an alignment between your mind and body by undertaking some yoga sessions, preferably bright and early in the morning. The stretching exercises and the meditational sittings will surely kick-start your day with a boatload of freshness. You can invest in an actual class. Or, you can save money by watching the tutorials on your TV, hooked with a nice cable deal that has an affordable rate like Local Cable Deals or some such.
Take Herbal Tea Regularly
If there is anything that can boost your energy, calm your nerves and help you sleep better, it’s an herbal tea. Fresh and warm, it is definitely a healthy cure in a cup.
Unglue your Eyes from the Screen
Make it a habit of giving yourself substantial breaks from the stressful technological world. Unhinge and relax in the beauty of nature around you. In addition, too much staring at a smartphone screen damages the eyes. It is a known fact.
Sleep to your Fill
Yes, I do notice the dark circles below your eyes that you’re trying so hard to conceal. FYI, the perfect remedy lies in a fulfilling sleep. Go to bed an hour earlier, remove all the distractions from your way, count the sheep and drift away into an at least seven-hour long sleep. You’ll wake up refreshed. That’s a guarantee.
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Scrub Away the Muck
Each day, your skin encounters all kinds of dirt particles, smoke, soot, dust and chemicals, which generally float in the air. So, it’s up to you to treat it right by scrubbing on a daily basis. I recommend two DIY scrubs: Olive oil & salt and Coconut oil & brown sugar. Easy as that.
Take the Stairs Next Time
Research shows that sitting for prolonged periods of time in a day is likely to increase the risk of death by cardiovascular diseases. So, avoid sitting too much, especially at your desk. Make walking a habit and always take the stairs to build up your metabolism.
Avoid Booze if You Can
Alcohol is pretty hard on the pancreas and liver, so don’t over-take it in a week. Cut it down to a safe level.
Opt for Less Sugar
Binge-consuming sugary products like double-fudge chocolate cakes, pop-sodas, gelatin, and cookies is a direct gateway to obesity, which is a dreadful ailment. So, decrease your sugar intake (don’t cut it down completely) and regain your health thereby.
Make Lemon Water your Companion
Lemons are natural antioxidants, i.e. they flush your body of toxins. Super simple to prepare, lemon water supercharges you on the go and keeps your gut healthy and happy. Make an effort to hydrate yourself with this electrifying drink throughout the day.
Sweat Through your Workouts
Nothing like building up a good sweat from a 10-minute exercise session, before you pop in the shower to get ready for work. You can choose any module from Zumba to HIIT, whichever suits you best. Sweating will break the unhealthy fats in your body and boost your metabolism.
An Apple a Day…
Fresh fruits and vegetables contribute directly to building your immunity and supplying you with the right amount of vitamins and minerals that your body need. So, do make them a part of your diet.
Prefer Cold Showers
Everyone likes a warm bath with Epsom salts on a crisp, winter day. But it is a cold shower which is proven to have many interesting benefits, like tightening pores, boosting alertness, increasing blood circulation, etc. Try them before you say anything.
Most of the time, you take shallow breaths which give you as much oxygen as you need to stay alive. Nevertheless, in order to truly feel good, experts suggest taking deep, belly-full of breaths for at least five to ten minutes a day. This ‘diaphragmatic breathing’ improves your mental acuity, lowers your blood pressure and soothes your nerves.
So, with the aforementioned hacks in place, getting a wonderfully healthy lifestyle is totally within reach. Don’t you think so?
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