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Life revolves in circles – your phone rings, and you’re booked for yet another important meeting. A bright Sunday morning that you cannot enjoy because you have household errands to attend. Or, your professor has assigned a surprise assignment that may cost your well-deserved weekend – this never stops, and you’re a part of it. 

Do you remember the last time you took a pause – a downtime from your never-ending routine life? A break that helps you get to relax, revive your jumbled thought process, and just be yourself—a pause where you can only be yourself and connect to your inner-self.

Taking a moment to pause is about being free from the worldly chores, resuscitating your inner-soul, feeling connected to nature, and self-care. The renowned motivational speaker, Dr. Roopleen, explained it as:

Whatever phase of life you are in, make time to pause and reflect where you are heading towards. It is a good time to insert a comma now and realign yourself to your inner self before your life ends in a full stop.

Pausing your unstoppable life has several associated benefits:

  • Living around-the-clock is impossible, and taking a necessary pause keeps you from total exhaustion.
  • It helps you reevaluate your priorities and future goals.
  • You will have a fresh perspective of life with a clearer vision.
  • A well-timed pause enables you to relieve stress and anxiety.

Taking a break is not always about having a dream holiday. Break from technology, being more connected to nature, reading your favorite literature while sipping on your favorite drink, and having a regular self-care routine also fall in the same ambit.

Let us know how you enjoy your moment of pause.

A good night’s sleep is the key for a person to obtain ideal health and performance to get their errands done more efficiently and actively. Nowadays, people are less worried about sleep and more concerned and focused on work. All this happens due to the build-up of a cumbersome workload that results in a stressful routine that keeps you awake during nighttime and also during the day. People don’t understand that sleep deprivation can damage your well-being more than any other activity. 

As Matthew Carter, a Ph.D. in sleep specialist at Williams College, says, “You are always able to get more things done on a good night’s sleep, not less.” Rather than skipping sleep and trying to get more things done within 24 hours, you should relish a healthy and tranquil sleep at night and see the difference it can make in your performance during daily activities. 

Getting less sleep will directly affect your overall health, including mental health and heart diseases as when you sleep, your blood pressure goes down, giving rest to your blood vessels; if not done then the consistent high blood pressure can also lead to heart strokes. 

You must have noticed that whenever you skip sleep, you feel dizzy, forget stuff, and feel glumpy for the whole day. You may be even most likely to have conflicts with others over petty things just because of your insufficient nighttime sleep. It is because of lack of sleep, it messes up with your head and disturbs your ability of focus, decision-making, alertness, memory, and many more. 

A good night of sleep will help you feel energized, fresh, and active. It will improve your fussy mood, and you will be able to achieve your goals with optimal performance throughout the day. 

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. 

Air pollution is one of the world’s biggest environmental health risk. And while many of us are greatly concerned about global warming and environmental changes in the world, we seem less bothered by the air within our own homes. The air, we can control. In our homes, we can control the environment around us. We spend a large percentage of our time at home and studies show, that the air in your space can be 10 times more polluted than that of outside. 

HOW THE AIR GETS POLLUTED. 

With routine vacuuming, dusting and cleaning of your indoor space, did you know that the dust particles go up in the air and remain suspended for a long period of time. The feather or hair of your pet(s) can remain in the air as micro particles and can irritate an allergic or Asthmatic person — and sometimes, it could be life threatening. In closed spaces or small rooms without proper ventilation, the air you breathe can have dust particles and allergens more than the optimal levels which can prove to be bad for your health in many ways. 

WHY CLEAN INDOOR AIR IS NECESSARY 

We breathe air to get the component, most essential for our survival, Oxygen. What’s worrisome though, is that what you are inhaling is not just the Oxygen. The unnecessary contaminants in the air interferes with the normal consumption of the oxygen by the body, resulting in the generalized body fatigue and decreased efficiency. When the room air is clean you will notice the benefits, described as follows; 

  • Improved health conditions with reduced episodes of getting common cold, respiratory illnesses, asthmatic attacks in Asthmatic patients and general health of cardiac and stroke patients. 
  • Increased productivity and physical performance in the purified environment with better homeostatic conditions. 
  • Your brain is highly sensitive to the oxygen supply and the polluted air will compel you to take naps intermittently. The clean air will help you to stay active and maintain your optimal sleep hygiene. 
  • A variety of air pollutants can enter into the blood and reaches liver, kidney and reproductive organs and causes damage at various degrees. The air quality varies room-to-room and it is hard to quantify the air contamination at home. All we can do is, to keep the air clean and fresh as much as possible. 
  • If you have a habit to exercise daily, inhaling pure and well oxygenated air will prevent the muscle cramps and spasms. 
  • The air pollution is found to be associated with stress, anxiety and easy fatiguability. Pure and fresh air will elevate your mood and surround you with positive energy to get your tasks done at rapid pace. 
  • If someone at home caught flu or any other viral air borne infection, the vapours and germs will stay in the air until someone else gets the infection. 
  • If a person at home smokes, the cigarette smoke will keep circulating in the room air and the toddlers or all other persons at home will become passive smokers, no need to mention, it can cause the health impairments, temporarily as well as permanently. 

It is important to keep the air in your indoor space clean — it will improve your health and lifestyle. Stay healthy! 

Source: https://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/conventions/envlrtapwelcome/cross-sectoral-linkages/air-pollution-and-health.html 

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. 

In the modern-world, houses or offices are typically compact and contain little space for ventilation or sun exposure. This becomes one of the leading causes of the buildup of bad odors in our homes. Keeping your indoor air clean and fragrant is imperative but it can be very tricky at times. The day to day odor builds upon the rugs, kitchen or bathroom and leaves an unpleasant impact on your mental and physical state.  

According to research, the uncontaminated and aromatic air quality leaves positive effects on your mood and improves working abilities. It also enhances and promotes a healthy and serene environment. You may have observed that right after taking a shower your body feels more relaxed and energized. This happens because your body get rids of dirt and sweat, leaving behind a revitalized and refreshed body. Likewise, clean air also has a similar effect on your mind and overall health.   

Taking care of a few things can have a great effect on your approach towards everyday life decisions and activities. By just following these simple and easy steps you can revitalize your home or office environment. 

1. Keep your windows open 

Right after you wake up, make it your habit to open all your windows. Let the indolence depart and revive every corner of your home. This simple habit will instantly elevate the air quality making it fresher and cleaner. 

2. Enhance the overall mood with aromatic candles 

Buy some good-quality aroma candles according to your scent preference. There are plenty of stores that have loads of luxurious, fruity, floral, tangy, light, and strong fragrances. 

3. Keep your kitchen odor at bay 

Make sure to keep your kitchen fully ventilated and airy throughout the cooking session. Add a hint of vanilla essence in a small bowl and leave it on the shelf for some sweet scent floating all-around your kitchen. The presence of garbage in your kitchen can create a very stinky and lingering smell. So don’t forget to dispose of your garbage daily to prevent bad odor. 

4. Make your pet-friendly home odor-free 

Pet owners are well aware of the importance of keeping their home scented. Giving a good wash to your carpets and rugs is a great option but there is one easy way to get rid of the foul smell. You can sprinkle heap of baking soda all over your rugs and carpets and let it sit for a few hours. Clean the baking soda with the help of a vacuum cleaner and you will be left with clean rugs and carpets.