Hacks for a health­ier, bet­ter life

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

If your pur­suit in life is to live bet­ter and healthy — not for a small pe­riod of time but for longer — these tricks will take you a long way. Here’s how you can kick­start your life­style change in small ways.

WAKE UP EVERY DAY AT THE SAME TIME

Peo­ple tend to sleep longer on week­ends af­ter a hard week in of­fice. Wak­ing up late on Satur­days and Sun­days is linked to stress, fa­tigue, slug­gish­ness, and anx­i­ety. So try and wake up on the same time each day.

USE CIN­NA­MON IN TEA AND COF­FEE

Do away with De­mer­ara and other types of sugars and try cin­na­mon in­stead in your tea or cof­fee. It helps in low­er­ing choles­terol lev­els and im­proves brain func­tion. It is also a rich source of an­tiox­i­dants and will help curb your sugar in­take.

EAT SLOWLY AND EAT SMALL MEALS

While there’s no need to eat like we have been taught to eat as chil­dren (chew 32 times with every bite), eat­ing slowly and in mod­er­a­tion is good for di­ges­tion. Eat­ing in a hurry is bad for di­ges­tion. The brain takes about 20 min­utes to reg­is­ter that the body is no longer hun­gry. Also, avoid eat­ing in front of TV be­cause you never re­alise how much you’ve eaten. Ditch three big meals and go for 4-5 small ones.

SHOWER BE­FORE HIT­TING THE SACK

A warm shower be­fore go­ing to bed will help you sleep well. It will not only re­lax your mus­cles but also di­late your blood ves­sels and re­move tox­ins from your skin.

GO THE AYURVEDA WAY

Be­gin your day with a glass of warm wa­ter and lemon juice. It will do won­ders for your kid­neys and liver, re­move tox­ins and cleanse your palate.

BE POS­I­TIVE

Amer­i­can psy­chol­o­gist Martin Selig­man sug­gests that Every night, write down three good things that hap­pened to you that day. Do­ing so on a daily ba­sis will help you stay pos­i­tive, even if you ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing neg­a­tive dur­ing the course of the day.

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