A healthier and happier you don’t necessarily mean that you have to have everything in life. In fact, simple things like reducing your stress level, having a good sleep and great relationship with your loved ones and people around you do the job. These are some tips to keep you healthy and happy.
1. Make friends at the office
Yes, work colleagues aren’t your friends but people who have close pals at work are less likely to experience stress-induced high blood pressure than those who lack a social-support network, says a report in the American Journal of Public Health. So, make a few good friends from among your colleagues. You can start by taking tea or lunch breaks with them without bringing work into the picture.
2. Add cocoa to your coffee
A research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms that cocoa contains more cancer and heart disease-fighting antioxidants than dark, baking or milk chocolate. It also packs fewer than 10 calories per teaspoon and has zero fat!
3. Clean up your contacts
Simply plunking your lenses into the case each night won’t protect you from eye infections, warns Deepinder K. Dhaliwal M.D., director of cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “After washing your hands, gently rub each lens with a few drops of cleaning solution to dislodge bacteria and fungi as well surface grit,” she says. Then place the lenses in a solution-filled case overnight.
4. Stop stiletto pain
Sporting high heels puts extra pressure on the balls of your feet, causing the discomfort you feel after a long day standing up, says a study in the journal Foot & Ankle International. But you don’t have to sacrifice style: Place a full-length shock-absorbing insert, available in drugstores, in all your high heels. The padding eases pain by shifting your weights away from the specific pressure points where the bones on the foot hit the pavement.
5. Get an evening wake-up call
Planning to hit the hay at 11pm? Set the alarm for 10pm to remind yourself to begin a relaxing pre-bedtime routine, which is essential for a good night rest, advises Michael Breus, Ph.D., author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health. This gives you time to prepare yourself into a good slumber. Put away all electronics, dim your lights and gently snooze away.
6. Call your dad
Ask him about the health history of his mom, sisters, and aunts. A recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals that paternal-side breast cancer is under-reported compared with breast cancer in moms’ half of the family tree. Knowing your full risk will help motivate you to do self-exams and get mammograms, and keep you more informed of your health.
7. Send a sext message
“Firing off a flirty text message to your significant other is a form of mental foreplay,” says Gloria G Brame, Ph.D., a sex therapist in Athens, Georgia. In addition to the bonding benefits, you’ll both experience a surge in mood-boosting hormones. So deliver a line or two midday, and be as sweet or as suggestive as you’d like.