Tips Live a happier, healthy life

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By the middle of the year, a large number of people usually fall off the wagon when it comes to sticking to their resolutions. But instead of moaning about that fact and procrastinating any further, pull your chin up, set your mind to it and make a sincere effort to stick to your goals. Here are some ways in which you can better your well-being and get more out of each day.

Avoid using the snooze button
As tempting as it might seem, hitting the snooze button repeatedly on your alarm clock is not a good idea. Not only will this habit make you late for the rest of the day but studies suggest that can also caused disturbed sleep. Wake up when your alarm goes up — your body will eventually get used to waking up at the same time everyday.
Don’t always stick to a morning routine

While most people follow a pattern when it comes to their daily morning schedule, mix things up sometimes. Include a morning exercise routine or go for jog. Instead of just sticking to the newspapers, put on the radio or listen to your favourite music. Meditation is another great way to kickstart the day.
Don’t check your phone as soon as you wake up

A lot of us are guilty of this mistake. Reaching out for your smartphone as soon as you open your eyes causes your brain to go into overdrive and even results in stress — the last thing you need, the first thing in the morning! Instead, check your phone at least half an hour after you wake up. And keep work e-mails for later. Unless there is an emergency, resist from reading or replying to mails as soon as you wake up.

Read something inspirational
This could be just a couple of lines or a short story. But reading something nice in the morning could set the tone for the rest of your day, say certain studies. Beginning your day by reading a positive verse or even something funny will improve your mood and, in turn, productivity.

Take a proper lunch break
Working continuously, without taking a break might not help you achieve the same output, say experts. Everyone needs a couple of minutes to digress from the task at hand, simply to rest the mind, regroup and get back to work. Don’t beat yourself up about taking a 15 minute break during the work day and avoid eating at your desk. Take a small walk during lunch break or at least step away from your desk for some time.

Don’t let a sitting job make you lethargic
Spending hours sitting in front of a computer screen not only damages your eyes but can also lead to a number of health woes. Get up every half an hour to stretch your legs, rest your eyes by some some eye exercises and ensure that your computer is placed at the ideal position with the right light setting.
Laugh out loud

Most of us are so caught up in the daily rat race that laughing is a forgotten activity. Not only does laughter help you de-stress, it also helps your body fight infections better, improves your immune system and general well-being and releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins. Make it a habit to watch a funny film or sitcom or read something humourous everyday.

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Keep a dairy

If you find yourself missing deadlines, forgetting appointments or unable to manage your time well, keep a diary. This will help you stick to deadlines, meet your goals and avoid any delays. It will also give you a sense of control and help you plan better. You could also keep a journal to jot down your thoughts and memories. Experts say that maintaining a diary helps improve mental health and lowers the symptoms of depression.

Be firm with yourself
When your mind is set, half the battle is already won. No matter how tempted you are to go back to your old routine, tell yourself what a positive difference it will make if you make a conscious decision to change your life for the better. While it won’t be easy in the beginning, don’t quit.
Get some music into your life
Music has the power to heal, cheer you up and calm you down. So, embrace its invigorating potential to make a difference. A host of studies have revealed that regularly listening to your favourite music not only enhances your mood but also has a positive effect on your health including an improved immune system and better heart health.
Plan in advance
Instead of just telling yourself that you will embark on a fitness regimen or a healthy diet, get down and actually do it. Enroll yourself in a class (yoga, Zumba, aerobics and dancing are just some of the options) and keep aside a couple of hours every week to attend it. Plan your menu in advance so that you know exactly what you’ll be eating during meals. This will also save you the time wondering what to prepare and also lower the chances of cheating on your diet.

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