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Have you ever contemplated your health status? Has this thought ever struck your mind of fixing your problems from the inside rather than outside? If no, then it’s prime time to consider the well-being of your inner body instead of your outer beauty. You might be aware of the customary healthy practices that always assert eating fruits and vegetables, taking your dairy, or having a good night’s slumber. No doubt that these habits are 100% effective but, today, we are here to guide you about some very unique practices that, if perceived correctly, will help you live a healthy lifestyle while reducing your risk of getting prone to several diseases.

  • Don’t limit your protein intake to only poultry or red meat because chicken does not provide enough nutrients that your body needs, and consuming a lot of red meat, without trimming the excess fat will lead to cardiovascular disorders. So, supplement your weekly diet with some scrumptious fish meals. Fishes are generally a low-fat, high-quality protein and a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and some vitamins and minerals in ample amounts, such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, iodine, potassium, and vitamin D and B2.
  • Never forget drinking water alternatively; make it your best buddy for the rest of your life. We literally have no idea that what a blessing water is! There are millions of people who are dying of thirst or begging for clean water supply. Be thankful for what you have, and from rising till sleep time, drink at least 2 litres or more of water to keep your body fully hydrated and revived.
  • Since childhood, many of us have developed the habit of skipping breakfast while rushing for work or school. But, once you grow up and lethargy is incited in your body, you will realize the value of a healthy and filling breakfast. Consuming a sizeable first meal of the day with zero nutrients can be damaging, so instead, you can choose oatmeal, muesli, eggs, fruit shake, or 100% fruit and vegetable juice. There are plenty of choices for a light but energizing breakfast, so never skip breakfast as it can cause low productivity and full-time laziness rather than energy.
  • For those who always mourn weight gain, becoming a slow eater can help you win the war with your never-ending hunger. Once you limit your portion size and develop the habit of slow eating, you will soon get exhausted and with the tiring process of chewing and swallowing for so long. Research has proved that those who eat at a comparatively faster pace are more prone to obesity and other ailments as compared to slow eaters. Additionally, it aids in better digestion, body hydration, and satisfies your hunger quickly.
  • Opt for baking or grilling your foods instead of frying because no matter how many vegetables or proteins you are consuming, if cooked in plenty of oil, it will instantly add unnecessary calories and saturated fats to your plate. While baking or grilling are two techniques of cooking food that use less oil and hence prove to be a better alternative for cooking.

Remote work has transpired in this modern world, especially during the COVID-19 quarantine. People have confined themselves within their walls, and there is an increase in the perception of personal freedom that has grown into every home worker. Some people might not find it challenging to keep both work and home separate, but it can get demanding for others. 

All humans must maintain a psychological balance between work and household so that things don’t start to get rough within a matter of days. Otherwise, it will drive you into a lifestyle full of stress and anxiety, and your work routine might easily fall apart. 

But don’t stress out! We have got your back! We have listed some of the best stress-busting tips or techniques which you can promptly adapt to release stress while working at home.

Dress to De-stress

Start your mornings by drenching yourself in a warm bath. Put on beautiful, chic, and clean clothes that will instantly help you elevate your mood and perception. Comb your hair and tie them into a sleek ponytail or a bun and wear some makeup. No one would disagree that the ultimate combination of a sleek ponytail and luminous makeup can boost any lady’s mood while making them feel empowered.

Make To-Do Lists To Get Things Done In Order

One of the most significant assets of operating at home is that you can schedule your day in your own sweats. Make a daily to-do list and prioritize your task from most urgent to the least. It will help you to estimate the time you would take for each job. Doing so will make you feel victorious by the end of the day.

Take Breaks For Unwinding

Working straight on your laptop for consecutive hours can get very depressing. Try taking mini-breaks of around 5-10 minutes in between your work hours. This practice will help you restore your mental focus. In these breaks, you can do go out in your home-garden and grab some fresh air. Eat some nuts, dark chocolate or a bowl of fruit, or do some stretches — do anything that makes you feel relaxed within these 10-15 minutes. Make sure these activities should be enough to distract you from your work stress and but still not derail you from your primary task. 

It is so devastating to get through this pandemic while being quarantined and not be capable of reaching for your much-loved cheeseburger eatery or ice-cream parlour. But in these stressful times, have you observed that eating at home every day and settling down with your family and cooking meals for them, carries you much closer to each other?  

Cooking along with your family can be an opportunity to forge lasting bonds and endless memories of ultimate love and nurturing that will be cherished for a lifetime. You learn and teach the everlasting family’s secret cooking heirloom recipes. The little cooking battles with siblings, refreshing gossiping with your family, sitting all together, jumbling ideas, and the priceless chance to master essential life skills alongside with your parents is one of the best cooking at-home benefits. 

Even when you are done with cooking, the healthy and prolonged talks continue as you sit down and relish the fruits of your labour. 

As you want top-notch health in these crucial times, you need to boost your immune system to fight back. In order to do so, wholesome nutrition is significant for health. Act deliberately while choosing ingredients, focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. Up skill your children with all the safety food-handling precautions and turn a challenging time into a lot of positive educating memories for strengthening family relationships. 

Get your kids in the kitchen and try-out these nourishing, healthy, yet simple recipes.  

Banana and oat cookies: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup instant oats 
  • 2 ripe bananas 
  • A handful of raisins or chocolate chips (according to your desire) 

Method of cooking: 

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl 
  • Shape the cookies 
  • Bake until done 

Roasted veggies: 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Potato 
  • 1 bunch of Kale 
  • 1-2 Carrot 
  • Or any other vegetable of your choice 

Method of cooking: 

  • Cut the veggies in cubes or slices 
  • Season the vegetables with salt, pepper and Olive oil 
  • Roast for 30-40 minutes 

Sweet egg cake: 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Bran Bread Slices 
  • 1 Large Egg 
  • Pinch of Cinnamon powder 
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract 

Method of cooking: 

  • Cut the bread slices in cubes 
  • Spread them in a dish  
  • Mix in the cinnamon and vanilla extract in the egg 
  • Pour the beaten egg over the bread 
  • Bake until the egg is cooked 

Self-care is so vital in the hustle and bustle of daily life. With work, school, family, and many other responsibilities that pull on us most hours of the day, it is so important to remember to fill your tank up as you pour into others. This can be done on a day to day basis with small self-care practices designed to simply top off or fill the tank half-way, but sometimes we need complete washes of the soul and full-tank fill-ups.  

A great way to completely re-center yourself is to dedicate an evening to yourself. Whatever fills you up, makes you happy, and relaxes your heart is what you should fill a self-care evening with, so here are a few ideas you can follow when planning your self-care night. 

First, it is important to set the scene. This depends on what situation you are in, and what you want out of your self-care night. If you have kids and you need a night to yourself, ask your spouse or your parents or even a babysitter or friend to take them for a couple of hours. If you’re a workaholic who never gets to spend time with the kids and that’s what you’re looking for, take a break. Tie up loose strings, let people know you won’t be available, and most importantly, turn off the device that connects you to your work. Whether that’s your phone, your laptop, or even your brain, shut it down. 

Once you have your distractions put away, now is your time to really dive into what it means to take care of yourself. Are you dying to get out with your friends? Now is the time to go. Craving a movie night with the family? Pop some popcorn and get cuddly. Need some quality time with the hubs? Call a sitter. Even if you have friends and family, sometimes you just need time to yourself! If that’s you, fill up your tub, add some essential oils, and put on some calming music. Order in your favorite food and binge your favorite show in your comfiest clothes.  

Self-care is about taking care of you. This means whatever makes you happy is what you should prioritize. Everyone around you is important, and they should not be forgotten or disregarded, but just like you can’t put someone else’s air mask on if you’re passed out, sometimes you need to take care of yourself first in order to help others. I hope that you are able to find the space and time you need to prioritize and love yourself! 

Coping with the fast track routines of ours, we all get tired. Without the desired repair to the body and mind, we get drained, day by day. And as it is used to say, “you cannot pour from an empty cup” eventually you are left with nothing to offer, to others as well as yourself. It has happened to all of us, at least once in our life-time, isn’t it? Self-care is not selfish. It is the way to get your powers back. 

There is a saying, “What you eat, you become”. Believe it or not, along with the healthy habits and healthy lifestyle adaptation, your diet is the gateway to the healthy life, body and mind. If you have never considered to start a health care routine or do not used to stick to one, there is a good news, it’s never too late to try again. This is definitely true when it comes to nutrition, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. So, let’s get started, today. And here is the simple plan to follow. 

RISE EARLY 

Set your biological internal clock at its natural timings. Try to wake up early morning before the sun rise. The body tends to perform more efficiently this way. It keeps you on track, you will find yourself more productive and hence it will keep you from the stress and depression of deadlines. 

EXERCISE REGULARLY 

Plan your day with an exercise routine. Kick start your day with yoga or meditation, spare few minutes for exercise before lunch and offer your body some stretching exercise before going to bed. It will help you to get through your day with a lot of ease. 

DETOX WATER 

Try to drink detox water as much as you can. It will keep you hydrated purify your body from harmful toxins and give a boost to the digestion and immunity. 

SNACK SMARTLY 

Make a habit to take a good breakfast with almost 40% of your daily calorie requirement. It is better if eat something light for dinner, preferably 4 hours before going to bed. It prevents the peptic acid disease and GERD, gives the food plenty of time to digest properly. 

PACK YOUR LUNCH 

The food from the restaurants and take away is mostly unhealthy, full of additives and preservatives. It is preferred if you pack your lunch, snack or coffee with you. 

TRACK YOURSELF 

There is no way to calculate the results if you do not keep the tracks. Track your every day performance according to your plan and make the adjustments as you go. 

REWARD YOURSELF 

If you are doing great, you should reward yourself to encourage this behaviour. Take a bubble bath may be, binge watch your favourite show, or whatever you like. Make sure that it doesn’t interfere with your routine. 

MAKE IT FUN 

Do not impose the health care routine as restrictions on yourself. You should know it clearly that why are you doing this! why you need to do it ! and why you should not quit! 

Do not over burden yourself. You can add more habits and steps to the plan, bit by bit, according to your comfort. With the health care routine, give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others, and watch yourself bloom. 

In light of the ongoing situation of COVID-19, people are confined within their homes and are forced to work from home. Before this time, keeping work and home separate did not feel too tough. But now, when all of us are obliged to combine the two, it is getting challenging to maintain a balance. You might spend your entire day in the struggle of fulfilling your tasks but fail to do so. This happens because we mix up all the chores in the panic of getting them done in time. 

To combat these quarantine problems, we have listed some easy-to-follow steps to get all your mission completed with ease. 

Wake up 1 hour early: 

After waking up, don’t fall over your laptop instantly to check your important emails. Instead, wake up 1 hour earlier to get fresh and eat a healthy and filling breakfast. Afterward, head over to your home-garden and perform yoga, meditation, stretching, or any of your preferred workouts. The fresh environment of your home-garden will help you inhale all the goodness and exhale all the apprehensions. This routine will make you relax physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Do a few preps before grabbing your laptop: 

  • Get a weekly planner and list down all the errands that were haunting you throughout the night. Try to complete them within that day to lower your burden or split them with another day’s activities. 
  • Keep a big bottle of water with you throughout the day to keep your hydration levels up. 
  • Trick your mind as if you are working in your office. Apply your favorite lipstick or wear your desired hairstyle or outfit.  
  • Prepare a comfortable environment for sitting during your work hours. Arrange everything that you might need and organize them right beside your spot.  

Practice Healthy Eating: 

Staying at home and wondering what to cook today?  

Choose and prepare a list of all the healthy foods that you and your family are planning to eat for the rest of the week. Take a day off from your home-office do all the groceries and plan a meal prep. This will assist you to focus on your work more, rather than worrying about preparing food. Undoubtedly, this is an awesome chance to practice healthy eating with your family. 

How to end your day? 

After all the hassle of the day, dwell yourself into a warm bath with scented candles burning all around you. Keep your surroundings aromatic to keep your mind at peace. Let your emotions and stress devour into the warm water. Play a good and soothing music list and finally do all the skincare to keep you revitalized. Take care of yourself from the inside and outside.