How to Hack Longevity by Optimizing Your Environment

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In the last post I listed some of the most important health factors that affect our longevity, and explained how to hack the positive and negative aspects of our physical activity and eating habits so that we can extend our life.

But what about the environmental component?
Does it matter, and to what extent?

Well, it simply matters as much as taking care of our body and mind.

Whatever it is that you’re surrounded by, it’s there daily. So it has a bigger influence on your lifespan than you imagine.

How environment affects longevity and how to improve it

We eat, work, communicate, do our daily tasks, do housework, sleep and try to keep ourselves busy, but in the meantime a lot of things in our environment are bad for our health and make our life short.

We usually take them for granted, don’t pay enough attention or don’t care at all, but they define our longevity and quality of life.

So here’s what we need to be aware of:

Longevity hack 1: The place we live in

We live a more stressful life if we are in the big city. That’s a fact no one can deny.

There is air and water pollution, no nature, more pressure, noises, and people that are just out of control.

Living in the suburbs, however, or in a village, is considered a healthier solution as there is less traffic, clean air, no crimes and most of the times no noise at all.

By moving there, you provide your family and yourself with a peaceful environment with no stress. Which makes your days happier and relaxed. And that affects health and lifespan.

Longevity hack 2: Job

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Sitting in an office for an average of 8 hours, using a computer, having a job with no opportunities, low salary, bad colleagues, too much stress and physical work, unhappy clients and managers… all that can turn you into a sad person who is living the ordinary life he once promised himself to avoid.

You get depressed, stop enjoying life, lose hope and eventually ruin all the relationships with people you care about.

There is no doubt that what you do and how you feel at your workplace is very important to every other aspect of your life and directly affects your happiness, level of success and longevity.

The good news is that you can always change that.

I know some people have no other option but to keep their current job, and try to convince themselves that it’s only a permanent position – until they get on their feet again.

Most of the times, unfortunately, they end up doing it for the next decade or until retirement.

Quitting your job is risky and leads to a lot of stress and uncertainty when looking for a new one.

But there are hundreds of examples in the history that show us how people just left their full-time job and started doing what they love and invested time in what they believe in.

Today such examples are everywhere.

Digital nomads, entrepreneurs, freelance workers, passionate college graduates and all other kinds of people say ‘no’ to the norm (the 9-5 desk job) and go out there (or keep staying in front of their computer if that’s their calling) and embrace uncertainty and the hustle only to enter a new reality. A world of freedom, independence, fulfillment, meaning and contentment.

Even if you aren’t willing to take that risk, you can still change your attitude towards what you do for a living.

Think of it as a challenge, as a step you need to take in order to build your career and become a professional.

Start the workday with a smile – even that little habit can change a lot.

Be nicer to your colleagues. Give them a chance, maybe some of them have the same problem as you and can be the support you were looking for.

Make your job a beneficial factor, do it with love, work hard, find new friends, improve yourself and live longer.

Longevity hack 3: Home

It doesn’t really need to be big and luxurious. It’s much more important to keep it clean and good looking so that you enjoy spending time there.

Don’t hesitate to spend money on professional cleaning services. Whichever agency you hire, be sure that they will make it better for living.

Dust is the main reason for allergies and respiratory problems and deteriorates our overall health and wellness.
Even after you dust, it quickly shows up again and because of that you must clean daily.

Make your home comfortable because it’s your place, it’s where you spend most of your time.

Hang beautiful pictures on the wall, buy colorful carpets and pillows, have flowers. Add family photos to the interior, create a library with your favorite books and so on.

If it smells sweet, looks good and you feel great there, this will add more years to your life.

Longevity hack 4: Safety

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Even after so many deaths caused by accidents at home – by mistake and because of careless actions – people still don’t do anything to avoid them.

We must have fire extinguisher, check if all electric appliances work fine, never leave them on when we are out, be careful not to slip on a wet floor, etc.
And only because it happens as often as plane crashes, which is almost never for individuals, it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

Take precautions to extend your lifespan.

Longevity hack 5: Sun

Our body needs some sunlight everyday and is happy when it gets its vitamins from it, but the skin suffers when exposed to too much.

It remembers every sunburn through the years and when we reach a certain age, it is in a bad condition and cancer is more likely to develop.

Too much exposure to sun decreases longevity and makes us age faster, so do it reasonably and use protection.

Longevity hack 6: Water

It‘s a cure for our organism and without it we can’t be healthy, or survive at all.

We all know we must drink plenty of it, but most people rarely think of the condition of the water in their home.

The first rule is not to use the water from the sink for drinking as it is polluted and has aluminum and other substances that are bad for us.
The solution is to buy bottled water (which is slightly better), or use water filters.

So I suggest you take a moment to analyze every environmental issue in your home and define how it can be fixed or improved.

Start by making small changes. In the long term they’ll have a mind-blowing effect.

What about your environment? How does it affect you?
What do you see around you right know that is decreasing longevity?


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5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

We all live such busy lives that it is totally normal to feel run down from time to time. You can’t be switched on 24/7, and if you were, you’d be burnt out pretty soon afterward!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of.

Creativity is something we all need in our daily lives. But if you have a job which relies upon your ideas and thoughts when it packs up and goes on vacation for a short while, it can be super-distressing, and frustrating to say the least.

You will have no doubt heard of the old ‘writer’s block’ adage, but you don’t need to be a writer to suffer from creativity problems. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your creativity a boost, and welcome it back into the fold. Let’s check out five of the best.

How to Boost Your Creativity

1. Reduce Stress

Stress does nothing, absolutely nothing, good for your focus, concentration, and creativity levels. If you are stressed out, you’re burnt out, and you’re not going to be able to keep your mind on anything other than the thing that’s stressing you out. Or it’s going to be flitting from one thing to another, and never doing anything productive.

Put simply, stress is dangerous on so many levels, that you need to do everything you can to reduce it as much as possible.

It’s unrealistic to say that you should kick stress out of your life for good and never feel even the tiniest amount. A little stress is good for you, it helps to motivate and push you to achieve. When stress is prolonged and severe however, it can impact every single system in your body – including your heart. It’s just not worth the hassle, so instead, look to become much less stressed than you are.

You can reduce stress:

  • by taking time for yourself,
  • enjoying social time with friends and family,
  • exercising regularly,
  • eating a healthy diet,
  • getting plenty of sleep,
  • and tackling the thing which is stressing you out, head on.

2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Routine

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We just mentioned regular exercise as a way to reduce stress, but it also helps to boost your creativity too.

Exercise gets your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and it ironically also helps you to relax. You’re much more likely to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be healthier overall, and exercise is also a known treatment method for low mood and mild depression.

If you are suffering from low mood, or if you feel like things are becoming a little too much, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood and your overall health and wellbeing. By doing this, you are giving your mind clarity, and that in turn helps to boost focus and creativity.

You will notice that when your mind is clogged up with a million worries, you just don’t have the scope to be creative. When you clear your mind, you will notice that your creativity starts to come back!

3. Try Regular Massages for Relaxation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that having a regular massage can help to boost your overall health and wellbeing by giant leaps.

Once upon a time, massages were thought to be luxuries, things that you only indulged in when visiting up-market spas. Thankfully, all that has changed, and more and more people are noticing the extreme benefits of having regular massages.

If you can’t afford to head to a heath center or spa on a regular basis, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could instead buy a massage chair to use in your home, so you’re not missing out!

Massage can help to boost your creativity because it gives you the chance to totally relax. You hold tension in your body when you’re stressed out and over-thinking, and that adds up to not only aches and pains, which aren’t going to do much for your state of mind, but it also clogs up your mind and stops you rom thinking straight.

By allowing yourself to totally relax, you are clearing your mind and allowing you creativity to flow. You’re also getting all the other benefits of massage too, such as increased healing, increased mood, increased circulation, better sleep patterns, etc.

4. Good Quality, Regular Sleep

How do you feel when you’re tired and lacking in sleep? Do you feel like coming up with new, innovative ideas? Not likely. You’re sluggish, irritable, and snappy. Creativity disappears when you are not getting the right amount of sleep, so it’s easy to turn that back by ensuring that you do get the right amount of sleep!

The amount you should be getting depends on you as an individual, but overall, between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night should have you firing on all cylinders.

If you find it hard to switch off, try drinking a warm, milky drink before you sleep, having a warm bath, switching off your phone and all your social media feeds around an hour before bed, and avoiding anything which is mentally stimulating.

Massage is also something you can use to help bring a better sleep pattern into your life, so look into this option too.

5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a direct impact on your creativity levels, because it impacts your mind.

If you’re clogging up your body with fatty, saturated foods, full of nasties and impurities, how can you expect your mind to be clear? It’s going to be very foggy, to say the least!

Try eating a healthy diet, organic if possible, and only eat anything which is clean and has had a life itself. This will give you a sharper mind, allow you to focus better, and have a fantastic effect on your overall health and wellbeing.

If you can incorporate this with regular exercise and relaxation, you’ll be super creative before you know it!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of. If you can incorporate these tips, you’ll be super creative before you know it! #healthhacks #healthtips #creativity