How to Live a Healthier Lifestyle: Ten Easy Changes You Can Make

In today's day and age, we lead a highly hectic and fast paced lifestyle. It becomes so much important to catch up with the ever so changing demands of the modern life that we often forget to see the fact that our health is the most important factor for staying in the race.

But living healthful does not mean you have to modify your routine drastically. There are simple changes you need to make, and it can make a huge difference in the way you feel.

We list down some of those

1. Early to bed early to rise.-This a phrase is as old as it gets! Getting up early has its benefits. You get up feeling energized, happy, and enthusiastic and mornings set the tone for the day. You have more willpower to do any exercise or any important work. Also, there is less distraction in the morning as it is quieter than any other time of the day. So you can also make a list of to do tasks and chalk out a plan. Prioritizing will make things easy for you.

2. Workout-This depends on the kind of workout you want to do. Some people like to do aerobics or dance, some of them like yoga, meditation. Others like to hit the gym and do weights or the treadmill. Any exercise you choose is anyways going to have a good effect on your body. It is a great energy booster, increases happiness levels, reduces the rate of heart diseases naturally and helps to keep your weight in check.

3. Have a healthy meal- This starts with breakfast, you should regularly have iron rich food.

Not consuming enough iron can lead to fatigue and depression. Keep the energy up by including oatmeal, lentils, cereals, nuts, whole grains, and tofu. Also, there are some amazing health drinks which will boost your metabolism and detox your body.

We provide you a list of some of them

Peppermint Green tea-The mint and lemon help in inflammation and greatly contribute to the metabolic activity.

Strawberry smoothies- Helps strengthen your muscles and the milkshake increases your protein intake

Apple smoothies-Apples is a great ingredient for detoxifying and energizing your body. They reduce the amount of fat your cells can absorb.

Other drinks which help boost metabolism and lose weight are coconut water, black tea, and different kinds of fruit smoothies.

4. Cut out the television time-It is extremely tempting to switch on the television once you are back from work. But watching the television will add more stress to your eyes. Instead, you can sit quietly listening to some soft music, or simply indulge yourself in some hobby. It can be anything from gardening, cooking, reading books, and painting.

5. Exercise at the desk-Can't take out time especially for exercising? Not a major problem. You can always do small exercises at your office desk. They can be simple neck rotation, keeping your eyes closed, or simply putting your head down with eyes closed. You will instantly feel rejuvenated by this small break and will able to do the same work with more zeal.

6. Stay hydrated-This seems to be a simple task but it's not. Why? Because we tend to have our food regularly but not regular intake of water. Set the alarm after every one hour to help you remind that you have to drink water. It removes toxins from the body. It relieves fatigue and is a mood lifter. It also helps to improve your digestion.

7. Stop comparing-Who got a promotion? Who has the best designer dress? Who went on an exotic vacation or celebrated his/her birthday in a 5-star hotel. The list is endless. With social media entering our lives it has become but natural to compare ourselves with others. Now every small update about one's personal life is all over your profile, and you tend to think the obvious. Why does she get everything in life? And why not me? First of all, stop feeling down due to someone's enjoyment. Everyone's life, situation, ambitions, aims are different. You probably have no idea what the other person is facing in real life just because his social media profile has a lot of holiday photos. Count your blessings. Think there are others in this world that face far more serious problems than you do.

8. Nature therapy-Plants are a great mood lifter. You can keep plants in your house, room or in your office space to keep a positive ambiance. They help keep your room decorative but at the same time not being very over the top. But it's difficult to maintain real plants. You can always keep artificial plants at such times. They are easily available in the market. You can keep them as silk floral centerpieces, or beautiful ferns in big flower pots. Fake moss looks extremely artistic if kept with red silk roses or any other decorative item piece.

9. Stay positive-Start the day with full of hope and enthusiasm. Obstacles are an inevitable part of our lives. And they are not going to get solved by worrying or thinking. Instead of face any problem or difficult situation with positivity and hope in your minds. Don't over think and take each thing as it comes. Remember you don't have to carry the entire world's burden on your shoulders.

10. Finally, love yourself- Always keep telling yourself that you are the most amazing person and that you can tackle any responsibility with ease. There will be many out there to make you feel down by saying nasty things, comparing you with others, being unpleasant for no reason at all. Remember such people are themselves in secured about something in their lives and they derive pleasure by discouraging people. Ignore or cut out such people from your lives.

Keeping Children at Ease at the Doctor's Office Made Easy

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No child loves going to the doctor's place, but some are extremely scared. The most common and not so surprising reason is no kid likes to be handled by a stranger apart from his/her loved ones. And it gets worse if your child has to get shots. It can be a confusing and at the same time a stressful experience. The fear of going to some unknown place and being handled by an unknown person can be an uncomfortable feeling for your toddler.

It's not about how well-behaved the child is, how well prepared the parent is or how well experienced the pediatrician is, your kid is not at all going to be enthusiastic about going to the doctors. However, this anxiety decreases along with age. Or rather their pattern of showing fear may reduce. Older children may remain silent while the younger ones will act it out. Acting out can be screaming, yelling at the doctor and the parents.But as parents, you can make an effort to reduce if not eliminate your child's fears.

Here are some tips which will assist your child to overcome the doctor phobia and make his next visit to the doctor a peaceful one

1. Accompany your child-Always make sure that you go with your child to the doctor's instead of grandparents, friend, relative or anyone else. It will ease his/her anxiety at least mentally and will be more confident about being at the doctor.

2. Role play the act-If your child is old enough to understand that he is going to the doctor's, you can act out the entire process in a fun way. It can be with his favorite toy, his friend or simply you both (The mother and the child) so he will be aware of the fact that it's not that scary visiting the doctor. You can play the part of the patient and then take the turn of the doctor to play.

3. Justify his fears-This is a tough call for parents. Many times we tell our kids not to be afraid and that everything is okay and that there is nothing to be scared of. But instead, these things can feel them worse because they think we aren't listening to them or we do not understand them. If they tell you that they are feeling scared about a particular thing talk it out, ask them why they are feeling scared. Talk about their fears and support them without telling your child how to feel.

4. Make your child comfortable-Each parent knows his/her child well. How to make your child comfortable rests solely on the parents, and they should know what will make their child mentally relaxed. For e.g. - make him/her wear his favorite clothing, let him/her carry the favorite bag which he/she likes.Don't fuss over that what your child should be wearing and what he should be not.

5. Bring his favorite toy-Does he likes his favorite red car? Or she fancies her pink doll? Carry these things while visiting the doctor.

6. Make your child something to look forward to-Don't make going to the doctor's place as some huge task or an extremely important work for your kid. Just tell him that's it's a normal thing to do, and it's not something overly difficult. Take your child to the nearby park after the visit to the doctors. Offer him a small gift like a pencil, a sticker or an ice-cream once you are back home. Knowing there is a reward after a stressful situation makes it easier for your child to deal with the more tense parts of the visit.

7. Bring his favorite snack –Does he appreciate cookies? Or she likes her favorite snack bar? Bring them along at the visit. It will make him feel more relaxed and at ease while facing the doctor.

8. Make the overall experience of going to the doctor's place a positive one-Instill in your child trust and good feelings about the doctor. Do him realize that he is going to give you proper medicines and that it will make him/her feel better.

9. Art therapy-You can take his/her coloring books at your next doctor's visit. As there is mentioned above, don't make the visit to the doctor's some task or important work. Art therapy works wonders, and it helps your kid's mind relax from the nervous feeling. Girls are fond of different flowers, and nowadays in the market, you get many kinds of attractive flowers. You can gift your little girl a lovely bouquet of artificial orchids or turquoise flowers. Or even better a nice bouquet of silk roses will make her day. The benefits of gifting your girl an artificial bouquet is you can keep it in her room as her reward, so she will remember it while going to the next doctor visit. It will be a positive influence on her making her doctor visits a less stressful one.

10. Don't make going to the doctor's like some punishment- never say to your kid that if he misbehaves or does not listen to you, then you will take him to the doctor or worse the doctor will give him an injection. This statement of yours will make matters worse, and the child may develop his fear into a phobia about the doctor.

11. Appreciate your child-If your child cries, starts shouting or over reacts never try to put him down by scolding or reprimanding him. Instead, appreciate that he/she is a brave and a strong child and that he can get through the visit very easily. If you as a parent stay positive, it will also help your child to stay active.

12. Tell your child what to expect- Never bluff your child saying you are taking him to the park or a ride and then take him to the doctor. He /she will develop a distrust for you which will increase his fear about the doctor even more. Instead, explain to your kid what is going to happen.

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