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With an ongoing pandemic and recent political turmoil, many people have been living in a storm of stress which has negatively impacted their well being. Prolonged stress in human beings directly impacts their health, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression, sleep disorders and many others. In order to prevent this happening, experts recommend the following lifestyle habits that can reduce your stress levels:
Meditation: Doing meditation exercises regularly is proven to help lower cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate. A simple meditation requires you to bring your full attention to your breath and inhaling/exhaling through your nose. If you feel your mind starting to wander off, focus back to your breath without judgement.
Exercise breaks: If you work at home and don’t do much movement during the day, regular physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and keep a strong immune system. Engaging in a 30 minute exercise break every day will increase your heart rate and oxygenate your body, boosting your endorphin levels and reducing stress.
Take a nap (or two): Consistent poor sleep is directly related to higher stress levels. If you have trouble sleeping at night, try taking two naps no longer than 30 minutes each to counteract the negative effects of sleep deprivation.
Listen to the music you love: Experts have proven that playing your favorite tune can boost your mood, relax your muscles and release some of the accumulated stress during the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management, depending if you put on some classical music or some heavy metal.
What other lifestyle habits can you think of that helps you reduce stress levels in this unique day and age?
Sleep is one of the most important activities for human beings, and a lack of it can bring emotional and physical consequences to your health: it might affect your mood, concentration and memory, while it boosts your risk for depression, obesity and heart disease. While it’s not always necessary to get a prescription for sleep aid, anxiety or stress may get in your way of having a good night’s sleep. Therefore, there are natural ways to improve your sleeping habits:
Hot drinks: While many recur to alcohol to get some sleep, warm milk has long been believed to have chemicals that simulate the effects of tryptophan on the brain, which makes you sleepy. Other beverages include chamomile tea, which contains no caffeine and relaxes you before bedtime.
Exercise: Make sure to get plenty of exercise - The effects of aerobic exercise on sleep appear to be similar to those of sleeping pills, boosting the amount of deep sleep you get. Avoid working out within 2 hours of bedtime, though, as endorphins actually get your body energized!
Room Temperature: The body feels more comfortable when sleeping in a cool environment, with the ideal temperature ranging between 65 and 72 degrees (or between 18 and 22 Celsius).
Go Dark: Your body is programmed to rest when the sun has set and there is no light around you, but technology has brought artificial light to millions of homes around the world which interferes with sleep. Make sure to keep your smartphone away from you at night, and don’t watch TV or turn the lights on if you have trouble with it
Perhaps, the best remedy of all to get a great night’s sleep is to enjoy it. Program your mind for a well-deserved , rested night and get ready to enjoy the experience. Come on, you know you deserve it”
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It’s the season of colds and the flu and with the outbreak of the coronavirus called COVID-19, a respiratory disease, people should cut the risk of catching a respiratory illness on their next flight more than usual. Let’s review some tips on how to prevent it:
Your health is in your hands: The number one rule to prevent getting sick is to remember to wash your hands frequently. After you use the restroom, before eating a meal, or even after touching the bathroom’s doorknob, it’s always important to keep your hands free of virus particles.
Choose wisely: In order to minimize contact with other passengers, you should pick a window seat and stay put. Additionally, people in window seats come into contact with fewer passengers because they tend to leave their seats less often!
Keep your distance: Actually, the best place to sit is away from infected passengers. The ‘transmission zone’ of an infected person depends on the disease, but in the case of the coronavirus the perimeter of transmission risk extends to at least three rows around the sick passenger.
Wear your mask!: Masks should be worn both by healthy and infected people. If you’ve got the flu on a plane, prevent transmission by wearing a mask and open the overhead vent, as you eject infected particles when you cough or sneeze.
Drink lots of water: In-flight air has low humidity, which dries out your nose and making it less protective against infection. As you hydrate your body, the chance of this happening is smaller.
When it comes to your health -- and the health of those around you – you can never be too careful. So, let’s be smarter travelers and avoid those nasty bugs!