The health benefits of a good night’s sleep have been well documented, yet most of us make do with a few snatched hours squeezed into our hectic lives.
We should be sleeping for at least six hours each night, yet according to a recent report by The Sleep Council, 33% of Britons are getting by on five or six hours sleep while 22% say they sleep poorly every night.
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn” – Mahatma Gandhi
A good night’s sleep is essential to your general well-being and health. This is the time when our tissues repair themselves, our muscles rest and our brain processes the events of the day. It has even been said that a good night’s sleep can help you to lose weight, as your body has more time to digest food and drink, and you are less likely to binge on caffeine, carbohydrates, chocolate and alcohol if you are well rested.
Simple Steps to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep:
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Laughing can seem like a minor thing, something we do without really thinking much about it.
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. – Thomas Carlyle
Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born.
Here are some ways to start:
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Self-control is a skill we all possess (honest); yet we tend to give ourselves little credit for it.
When it comes to self-control, it is so easy to focus on our failures that our successes tend to pale in comparison.
Self-control is an effort that’s intended to help achieve a goal. Failing to control yourself is just that — a failure.
The first key to leadership is self-control. – Jack Weatherford
Meditation is the key to self control as it is the secret to unlock the power of the mind and the body.
People who follow a regular meditation routine become emotionally and physically stronger and can exercise control over their negative feelings in adverse situations
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It’s common knowledge that drinking eight glasses of water a day is essential for the body to function properly.
All you have to do is drink water. Do it at the right time, in the right amount, be consistent, and you’re done. Simple.
“Water is life, and clean water means health” – Audrey Hepburn
Top 10 Tips to Drink Water
1) After Waking Up:
Drink one glass of water after waking up to help activate your internal organs. The water will help to remove any toxins before your first meal of the day.
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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict.
Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. Activate and relieve your stress response.
The health benefits of laughter include the reduction of stress hormones and blood pressure, as well as increased blood flow and oxygenation to the cells and organs.
“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” — Charlie Chaplin
Benefits of Laughing:
Laughter helps you stress less:
A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
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The benefits of slow eating include better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss or maintenance, and greater satisfaction with our meals.
Meanwhile, eating quickly leads to poor digestion, increased weight gain, and lower satisfaction.
Another benefit of eating slowly is that it seems to increase water consumption during meals. A new scientific study shows that eating more slowly can decrease your food consumption and prevent overeating.
According to a Japanese Study, eating too fast is associated with insulin resistance.
You may have already heard of the Slow Food Movement, started in Italy almost two decades ago to counter the fast food movement. Everything that fast food is, Slow Food isnt. (Slow Food is an organization that promotes local food and traditional cooking. It was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986 and has since spread worldwide).
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