This is a guest post by Vanessa Davis, a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st.
Many methods to improve health sound pretty simple, but in situations where you have no time for anything, including some time for yourself, these methods become more complicated.
In addition, if you are lazy and you have some excuses that you have no time or what so ever, your health condition might get complicated.
There are very simple ways to improve the health and raise your mood. Here are some of our tips, but bear in mind that you have to have a strong will for any changes in your life.
1. Take a deep breath.
Unfortunately, we are often in stressful situations, whether is it regarding business, family or some other reason.
In stressful situations, do not forget the most effective way to relax – breathing.
Several controlled deep breaths can be a trick to calm shallow breaths and rapid heartbeats. In this way you can lower blood pressure, slow down the production of stress hormones, and perhaps even change the expression of genes.
Also, in stressful situations, lavender essential oil can help. Studies reveal that inhaling the scent has the power to calm down and reduce tension you feel.
2. Dark chocolate.
Have you ever wondered why do you have a smile on your face when you eat chocolate? This is not only because it is very delicious, but because it possesses mood lifters molecules.
Cocoa also has a beneficial effect on your heart. It protects you from low blood pressure, lowers bad and increases “good” cholesterol levels, helps with circulation, can prevent diabetes and protects your skin.
Chocolate is the purest form of cocoa, which is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin C and other healthy content.
There is a variety of recipes with this amazing ingredient online, so you can experiment with this healthy delicacy.
3. Take a break for tea.
Step away from the desk and cook tea. Tea – not coffee.
Scientists say tea break increases your mood, creativity and helps you solve problems. Those who drink tea have higher desire for success.
Tea inhibits and reduces fatigue and drowsiness, especially fatigue caused by mental stress. Tea invigorates and allows better muscle function (reflexes are fast), which helps in everyday work.
With tea you may be dreaming, but also be focused on the spiritual and physical efforts. It provides help so you could relax, provides energy, health, but also serenity and peace.
Brightness has a large impact on people, starting with the synthesis of vitamin D, a wide range of bodily functions which are directly affected, positive impact on eyesight, and control bacteria and viruses in our body.
A life that is more focused on the activities related to closed areas and people less exposed to the light reflects a lack of vitamin D, and thus the weakening of the immune system.
The lack of sunlight affects the rhythm of life, which is why we feel tired, do not sleep well and overeat.
However, if you are working in a closed space, then at least use the break to go outside to catch some light.
5. When you are tired, do not drink energy drinks.
Energy drinks contain five times more caffeine than coffee but their action is short-lived and eventually leads to unpleasant side effects such as nervousness, irritability and rapid heartbeats.
Also, they often contain a lot of sugar. Your blood sugar rises rapidly, but soon after that, you are exhausted and the organism requires a new dose of drink.
6. Take a break from the screen of your computer.
If you work at a desk in the office, or if you’re just a big fan of new technologies, you probably spend a lot of time in front of the computer screen which negatively affects your vision.
Therefore, in order to protect your eyes try to follow the rule of “20-20-20”. Every 20 minutes look 20 steps into the distance just 20 seconds.
7. Get up.
Sitting is bad for your body!
If your work is such that it requires constant sitting, that does not mean it won’t be negative for your health.
Studies have shown that sitting for hours increases the chances of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and early mortality, not to mention back pain.
In order to prevent that, get up every hour and walk 4 minutes which will be enough to regenerate your muscles and it will definitely not jeopardize your work.
What about you? Which of these bad habits do you have, and what other ideas on how to live healthier can you think of?