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.

Home Decor Ideas to Fit Your Style

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Home is the area where you have your heart. It is your castle to start your everyday fights; your retreat after a hard day's work and everything in your life. Your home inspires you for taking new challenges and give you solace when there is a sudden setback. It is where you welcome your family and friends for a memorable evening.  A home is your canvas that depicts your choice, preferences and your lifestyle. Nothing is more daunting than decorating your home. There are many things to consider; many options are available, and this makes the home decor an overwhelming task.  Because other than being cozy and charming it should also compliment your personality.

In practice, the majority of the people take the familiar course, and they feel disappointed after some time.  To avoid this, you should also consider including small details while making large changes for decorating your home. The thumb rule is that you need have a sense of appropriateness. You can never control others but can control different objects. Apply your sense of control for decorating your home.

Whatever may be your style, and how you may want to decorate the home; better use the following decor principles for highlighting the finer points while decorating your home.

  • Rule of odd numbers: Like the rule of third in photography, grouping different objects in odd numbers make the decoration more attractive. When you group objects are having something in common, it should contain objects of different shape and height.
  • Emphasize the focal point: Find out what you want to emphasize. It can be anything from a large window or furniture. Follow the 80/20 rule that is focusing on the focal point and concentrating on decorating around it while following your style.
  • Follow the measurement thumb rules: There are some thumb rules for maintaining the distance between objects or hanging something on the wall. Follow this to make your home attractive.
  • Mind the negative space: Generally, voids are termed as negative space, although sometimes these speak better. Arrange to fill this space with something or leave it blank depending on your style.
  • Include natural element: Whatever may be your style, including a piece of nature in home decoration always pays the dividend. Studies reveal that staying close to nature brings a positive vibe. Have some trees and plants in and around your home to liven up the environment. As maintaining live trees and plant have many hassles, you can use artificial indoor plants, silk roses and fake flower arrangements for revamping your home decor.
  • Balancing is the key: Any home decoration should be balanced for creating a good ambiance. Every piece of furniture should be evenly placed in your home and receive proper illumination.
  • Lighting benefits: Irrespective of your style; proper illumination helps to elevate the home. Start with general lighting that illuminates every corner of a room equally; you can move to zonal for highlighting any decorative item or a particular place in the room.

Now that you have reached here and are aware of the basic requirements; you must concentrate on making your home decor to be compatible with your style. Navigating through the following lines will give you some useful ideas.

1. Contemporary

Although it is often mistaken with modern, these are not same. Contemporary style includes everything sleek. If you believe in contemporary style, then you should emphasize lines, forms, and geometric structures while decorating and also mind the in the contemporary style less is the more.

2. Traditional

If you have a traditional style of living, you should put emphasis on comfort and elegance. Your home decor should include a heavy sofa with rounded or ornate arms and must also have symmetrical wood works. There should also be heavy draperies, classic painting and Persian carpets for enhancing the traditional theme.

3. Transitional

This is a unique blend of the contemporary style with the traditional style.  For decorating your home in a transitional style, you should provide comfort in plain geometric furniture. You can have embellishments on the contemporary metallic structures. That is pairing your furniture with classic woodwork and sophisticated metallic frames.

4. Eclectic 

In case you are opting to live in eclectic style, you should complete your home decoration combining styles and trends of different times. This style goes well with people who jet-set around the world frequently. Collect things from various places visited and use those for decorating your home to display your typical traveling style.

5. Foodie

For those who are food lovers at heart, a kitchen should be the focal point of home decoration for showing your style of living.  Adding bar stools to the kitchen or creating a kitchen island will engage like-minded guest to watch you cook. This creates an intimate ambiance.  For a change, you can also arrange to display a menu like your favorite restaurant. Your guests would love that.

6. Color-loving

If you happen to be a color addict, you can paint your indoor with colors that define you best. Although many people try to avoid vibrant color, there is practically no reason why you cannot use that for decorating your home. In fact, a good color is a cool option and adds to the dimension of the room. When you splash your room with complimentary color, it helps to remove monotony. You can also go for contrast color to add a new look.

7. Family oriented

Do not shy away from showing your orientation to the family. For family tree style of living, display images of your loving memory with the family at every possible place throughout your home. People love to see the photos when those are related to the family story. Make sure that persons in the family photos look great. The photos need not be of the same size but should compliment where it is displayed. Adding a family tree is also a very good decorating option.

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