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It’s February, and Valentine’s Day is on everyone’s radar.
It’s the one day a year that’s completely dedicated to showing love – be that to ourselves, or to an SO.
Honestly, how many of you washed your hands today? Two in five Americans admitted to not washing their hands all of the time and a remarkable 3% even admitted to never washing their hands. 1 in 3 people in the States shower less than once a day with 24 per cent stating they can’t even address their personal hygiene needs due to how and where they live. These statistics aren’t here to alarm you but rather inform you and think of a solution.
Look around you. How many people do you know that are genuinely happy? If you answered plenty, then that’s great – if not then maybe it’s time to step back and reevaluate your own happiness levels. Are you truly happy with where you are in your life right now? For those of us who could use a bit (or a lot) of a push in the positive direction, we’ve compiled a few simple steps that you can take today, to help you on your quest to find, restore or increase your happiness levels:
Breathe in, chill out and find time to relax.
Although it can be difficult to find time to unwind and relax the body and mind, we know it’s beneficial for our health and happiness.
We are sharing 7 scientifically proven facts of what actually happens when you do relax.
1. Reduces Muscle Tension and Chronic Pain
When you relax you help relieve muscle tension. It significantly relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation all over the body. With improved
or increased blood flow, the muscles and brain get more oxygen from the blood because there is no clogging and no competition with other tissues. As a result, muscles can freely move and function.
2. Improving Concentration
Concentration essentials help to promote a calmer state of mind, enhances your focus, and decreases restlessness. The result? You’re better equipped to complete important tasks at your daily job. Now that you’re more relaxed, you’ll actually become more productive! That means more room for success in your life.
3. Improving Your mood
Improving your mood will change the way you view the world and making you see it in a positive light. Even simple walking can immediately improve your mood. Walking has been proven to be an excellent way to improve your mood – or in psychological terms gives a “positive effect”.
4. Boosts your Immune System
The immune system is your body’s natural defense system. It’s an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs that band together to defend your body against invaders. Those invaders come with the potential to make us sick. Boosting your immune system helps you to become stronger and healthier.
5. Lowering your Blood Pressure
Having high blood pressure puts a strain on your heart which increases all kinds of dangerous risks to your health. When you relax, your blood pressure lowers. This reduces risks of heart problems and stroke overall. Other great benefits of having lower blood pressure is that it can improve your vision and boost you kidney health! It’s amazing what happens when your body is relaxed. Remember, every organ is somehow connected!
6. Sleep Better at Night
There is no better feeling than waking up well rested. Adequate sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. When we are relaxed, it’s easier to fall asleep, which will reduce your stress levels further.
7. You Have More Energy
Stress instantly depletes your energy… in a BIG way. Reducing stress and increasing happiness helps us all live healthier, more fulfilled lives. You will find that 15-20 minutes of deep breathing will even help to increase your energy. when energy is increased you can achieve anything!
Because nothing is sweeter than a good night’s rest.
We devote a large chunk of our lives to sleep. Around 200,000 hours of it in the first 60 years of our lifespan, in fact. So we’d better hope it’s of quality.
If you often feel grumpy or exhausted after a night of tossing and turning, here are 14 easy things you can do to help you get a solid sleep – every night.
1. Aromatherapy oils
A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow can increase your sleep quality by 20%. Lavender is a natural relaxant, and will help lull you into a blissful state of sleep.
2. Power off
The blue light on your phone or tablet can hinder your ability to fall asleep. Many phones come with a blue light filter you can switch on in the your before bed, or you could simply just refrain from scrolling before you plan to nod off.
Many people swear by meditation as a means of getting to sleep. Try it.
4. Watch your nap time
Naps can be really beneficial to your health, but try to keep them at 20 minutes or less if you’d like a restful night.
5. A leg pillow
Is back pain stopping you from getting 8 hours of shut-eye? Try a leg pillow. A pillow between your legs aligns your hips and relieved stress from your lower back.
6. Make your bed a sleep-only sanctuary
Reserve your bed for sleep (and cuddles) only. Watching tv, eating, surfing the net or worst of all – working – in bed takes away from its aura of relaxation and rest.
7. Get a routine going
Setting your body clock is the way to go. Hitting the sheets at the same time every night and waking up at around the same hour every morning will help you fall asleep with ease.
8. Avoid caffeine after noon
Coffee in the morning is fine, but not so much in the afternoon. Look for hidden caffeine too – chocolate before bed can keep you up longer than you’d like.
9. Smart exercising
Working out is wonderful at helping you fall asleep – as long it’s not 3 hours or less before you hit the sack.
10. The alcohol myth
A lot of people think wine makes them sleepy. And it may help you fall asleep initially, but it’s not a good idea for a sound night’s rest. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so you’ll be waking up parched at various times throughout the night.
11. Eat wise
Eating rich and heavy foods before going to bed can hinder the quality of your sleep. Keep snacks light – and try not to eat an hour before going to bed.
12. Dim the lights
Start lowering the lights in the hours before bed. Dark lighting signals to your body to make melatonin, the hormone that sends your body to sleep.
13. Unwind the mind
Let go of work or daily stresses before going to bed. If you struggle to switch off, try a warm bath or relaxing music.
14. Temperature control
The perfect sleep temperature for most people is between 68 and 72 degrees. Being too hot or too cold has a major effect on our sleep quality – so it’s best to keep it in check.
The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around an awful lot lately. From detox teas to detox day-spas – it seems to have become a commonly-used buzzword that advertisers wield to get their products out the door. But ‘detox’ does not have to be a dirty word.
In fact, a detox can be incredibly beneficial to your health (and, in turn, your skin!). It’s a science. The science of how our bodies get rid of unnecessary waste – because if waste builds up, bad things happen.
A skin detox means devoting one whole week to making and effort to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells – and to renew and revitalize your complexion back to optimum health and all-round glowy-ness. Or, if you detox really well, you can have it looking better, fresher, and more beautiful than ever.
But how do you know if your skin is in desperate need of a detox, you ask? Well, every now again, your body tries to talk to you. It tries to send you signals in the hopes that you’ll respond and take action. These signals are often what we like to refer to as symptoms. That means that right now, you body could be screaming at you with a loud and clear “DETOX ME! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF AVOCADO ON TOAST, DETOX ME!” while you nonchalantly strut around without a care in the world, twiddling your thumbs and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. But, fret not, that’s why we’re here!
So, without further ado, here are 10 signs your skin may be in need of a detox. If you’ve noticed any of the below recurring in the past 3 months, you’ll need to whip out the water, get onto a liver-friendly diet, and treat your skincare routine with respect.
1. Increased skin sensitivity
2. Breakouts that just. Won’t. End.
3. Skin dullness
4. Excessive sweating
5. White or yellow-coated tongue (this could also manifest as bad breath)
6. Itchy, irritable skin
7. Increased dryness or flakiness
8. Cravings (for sugar, in particular)
9. Tummy bloating
10. Sinus congestion
If you listen to your body, and treat it as well as you would a brand new pair of white sneakers, you’ll be absolutely fine.