It costs nothing to take up a resolution, but it takes up all your might to fulfill it and reap benefits. Weight loss and anger management are included in most of your to-do list but given here are many others that we would love to perform every day of our life to stay happy and remain peaceful.
Exercise: 5-minute therapy: It might seem like doing an exercise just for the sake of doing it, but it is far better than not exercising at all. An article published in a magazine shows that exercising in fresh air could be beneficial to mental health. A 5-minute walk, cycling, biking or gardening improves self-esteem and brings in a happy mindset. It’s not necessary for a mountain trail or lush greenery to exercise in the open. Find a green space in your locality-it can be garden or a park next to your house too.
Fruits & Veggies are your besties: You have been trying one or the other fad diet and none had worked to your advantage until now. If your goal is to eat healthy food and become healthier the straightforward recommendation is to eat fresh produce as much as possible. The first thing to do after taking your meal plate is to load it with colorful fruits and veggies. Doing this leaves you with less room for unhealthy foods. It is always better to add something onto your plate rather than to delete something else from it.
Speak your feelings: Many things remain universally known but speaking them solves a lot of problems and brings about many solutions. Spouses too love each other and feel their actions speak their love for the other. There is no harm in telling ‘I love you’ to your spouse every day which helps to keep the bond stronger and above all, easy and doable. Bringing in small little gestures such as picking your husband’s favorite deo or writing a small little note for your wife can add charm to life.
Note down the beauties of life that you come across: Its human nature to keep cribbing about things that they don’t have rather than enjoying the ones that are available to them. If you make it a point to note down those things that you have been ignoring or taking for granted all the while the list would be endless.
Be a good listener: Generally, all of us love to give suggestions or talk about something rather than listen. If you are one of those who spends all the time thinking about giving the right reply to the speaker its high time to stop doing it and start paying 100% attention to the topic of conversation. Its recommended to clear your doubts and question the speaker to understand the agenda of the meeting and take it to your heart completely. A relationship becomes stronger and goes to the next stage of commitment only when you start caring about what the other person is saying.
Stay in touch with friends: We celebrate friendship days and cry during farewell ceremonies at schools and colleges, but we move on and keep making new friends. It’s often easy to stay in touch with those people whom we meet regularly but lose track of those who are not near. Technology prevents us from giving such silly excuses as we are able to connect to those who stay far away on the other side of the globe. Revive old friendship and keep it going by texting or calling up at least one old friend every week/month. It would make both of you extremely happier.
Play your way to cognitive skills: We’ve seen people with their newspapers and a pencil solving crossword puzzles while waiting for something/someone. It might be a way to spend their time but in real life this offers the person with numerous benefits as well. A 2017 study that asked more than 15,000 healthy adults aged over 50 years on their frequency of playing word games and solving crossword puzzles. Results showed better cognition skills in those people who solved more puzzles and played more board games compared to the rest of the population. Keeping your brain active and exercising daily also prevents/delays the attack of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on this please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Have a hearty laugh: Laughter is the best medicine but the most-often forgotten one! Be it watching your favorite comic show in television, reading jokes online or talking to your bestie who cracks jokes every single time, laughing out loud releases the feel-good hormone endorphin that brings abundance joy to you. Moreover, laughter decreases stress, reduces inflammation and elevates well-being.
Sit idle: An idle mind is the devil’s workshop but now we insist on sitting down without doing anything for at least 5 minutes daily to refresh your memory and help you refocus on the things that need to be done quickly. In this modern work we don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea or a good laugh with friends in between our hectic work and travel affairs. Sit down with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing which would improve memory and decrease stress.
Don’t take your phone to bed: Its inevitable to play something or watch a video with our smartphones before we hit the pillow. Its been seen that people who spend time with smartphones or any light-emitting device take a longer time to fall asleep, get less REM sleep and take longer to wake up comparatively. Just keep your phones restricted to the bedroom and never bring them to the bed. Instead choose to read a book or listen to some soothing music before falling asleep.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.