#HealthFix: Increase Your Wellness Quotient With These Simple Ideas

Easy DIY tips to boost your wellbeing 

Team RD Updated: Aug 23, 2019 12:21:20 IST
#HealthFix: Increase Your Wellness Quotient With These Simple Ideas Relieve muscle strain caused by staring at a computer screen by working on your face (Image courtesy Indiapicture)

Focus on your Face

Relieve muscle strain caused by stress or staring at a computer screen by working on your face. Firmly run your fingers up and down your forehead and then along each eyebrow before applying gentle pressure to eyelids and around the temples for quick relief.

Relax Your Feet

Rub the top of your feet with anti-inflammatory oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus. From there, rub and rotate each toe and use your fingers to firmly draw diagonal lines along the soles of each foot.

Use Smaller Plates

Reducing your plate size from 12 inches to 10 inches results in 22 per cent fewer calories being served. That’s more than 100 calories saved, if the estimated calorie consumption in one meal is 500 kcal.

Ease Back Pain

Yoga is twice as effective as stretching at relieving back pain. This could be because yoga includes a mental component that could enhance the benefits of its physical components.

Breathe Easy

Chronic exposure to pollution, specifically fine particulate matter (PM), can cause inflammation. Besides putting you at a higher risk for asthma and other respiratory diseases, breathing polluted air over a long time can damage your immune system. Research has shown that two classes of common pollutants, aromatic hydrocarbons and phthalates, are particularly disruptive. Hydrocarbons are produced every time something organic is burnt (car fuels, power plants); while phthalates are leached from hundreds of products containing plasticizers (plastic bags, cosmetics), and both of these are ubiquitous in our environment.The obvious solution is moving to an area that is less polluted. But that may not always be an option. So plan outdoor activities early in the morning or late in the evening as air pollution is highest in the daytime. Use the recycled air option on your air conditioner to cut down fumes while driving, and cover your nose and mouth with a handker­chief while outdoors. Eat foods rich in antioxidants to stay healthy.


Collated from articles previously published in Prevention magazine

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