Thursday, September 7, 2017

KEYS TO A HEALTHIER LIFE

(Woman's Day) After refocusing her priorities to put her health first, Arianna Huffington is all about helping women fight stress, sleep soundly, and feel their absolute best. Huffington is the founder of Thrive Global at thriveglobal.com, a new company that aims to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering science based solutions to enhance well-being. Here are seven to try:

Adjust your day around sleep
Slumber is the gateway to a healthy life. Once you start sleeping more , it's easier to make other changes. If you're not already getting seven to nine hours of sleep, start by adding just 15 or 20 minutes a night. Think about it this way: There are plenty of appointments with others you simply make the time for, like coffee with a friend. Consider sleep an appointment with yourself and do the same.

Learn to meditate
If you're tossing and turning at night, meditation may be a long-term solution that can help. A study published in the journal Explore found that people with insomnia who took a six-week mindfulness meditation course in which they meditated for 30 minutes every evening, reported having fewer sleep problems both at the end of the class and a year later.

Disconnect during the day
The fast pace that technology forces on your life can stress you out, so it's important to be deliberate about making time to unplug and recharge. Go to lunch without your phone, go on a walk without your phone, or eat dinner with friends without your phone. Whatever the activity you choose, plan time without your phone.

Volunteer on a regular basis
It's as powerful for the giver as for the recipient. Volunteering has favorable effects on depression, life satisfaction, and well-being, according to research from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom. Search for opportunities near you at idealist.org.

Charge your phone outside your bedroom
Your phone is a repository of things that can distract you from sleep including to-do list, emails, and so on. Plus, its blue light suppresses melatonin, the sleep regulating hormone. That's why stashing it elsewhere at night can help you wake up fully charged too.

Develop a sense of wonder
Encountering things larger than yourself broadens your perspective and helps you put your life in focus. Each month, commit to one out-of-the-ordinary activity: Go to a museum, attend a concert, or even stare up at the stars.

Make a point of walking and talking
Go for a walking meeting or catch up with a friend while you both stroll in the outdoors. You get to move, connect with someone else, and reap the mood boosting benefits of being in nature all at once.

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