We all want to be good at our studies but nobody of us knows the secret formula to do that! While we don’t have a secret study sauce too, we do know that a fresh mind is an essence to be good at learning and for a fresh mind, you need to have a good sleep. A research found that students who sleep for 8 hours perform better in their exams than those who cut their sleep.
If you believe that by cutting your sleep time you can invest more time in studies and perform better, you are wrong. This is because poor sleep causes depression & leads to falling in your attention and productivity. The number of hours studied doesn’t matter. What matters is that how much you get done in those hours!
In short, you don’t have to choose between your sleep & study, as good sleep and good studies go together. If you want to be truly good at academics, learn to get proper sleep (study suggest 8 hours!).
References: Times Now, Photo Thanks: PxHere.
Coffee makes our brain healthier. As per neuroscience study, coffee has a chemical called ‘phenylindanes’ (only neuroscientist can go further), which help fight some serious brain diseases & neurological disorders causing depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, slowed movements, muscle rigidity, expressionless face, cramped handwriting, trouble getting out of chair, et cetera (technically called Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s disease).
As Inc Reported, “The darker the coffee roast, the more phenylindanes, and thus the greater the power of the coffee to stop the buildup of two toxic proteins–called tau and beta-amyloid–in the brain, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases”, which results in better brain health.
References: Inc, Bright Focus Foundation, Photo Thanks: PEXELS.
#1 Drink more and more water! When it comes to quit smoking, water is your best friend. Drinking more water can help you beat stress and deal with headache arising in the starting phase of quitting smoking. This way, you’ll stay hydrated as well. #2 just wait & be calm. The urge to smoke lasts only for few minutes. If you can pass that time, your urge will be automatically gone with the passed time. #3 Keep yourself stress free. Stress is one of the most cited argument for smoking. If you feel the need to smoke in stress, keeping stress away can help you quit smoking. With natural things like yoga, walk, sports, gardening, et cetera, you can keep yourself away from stress and smoking. #4 Visualize your smoking-free future. If you imagine yourself as a non-smoker, you will find yourself more healthy, successful and lively. Want that kinda future? Quit smoking then!
References: The Economic Times, Quitter’s Circle.
To put it in simple terms, only zero alcohol consumption is safe level of alcohol consumption! Global study has found that no glass of wine is healthy, not even that single one, that you consider as “healthy drink”, as it increases the risk of cancer & other health issues that outweigh the benefits you get (like protection against heart disease) with that so-called “healthy glass of wine”. Combined health impacts of even moderate drinking are negative. You better not take a sip of it. So, safe level of alcohol consumption is zero! Drinking is not Smart’s choice, ‘quitting it’ is! So, be smart & #QuitDrinking.
Reference: BBC.co.uk, Photo Thanks: Pexels.com.
You work for hours in office! Good! Want better? Okay! Just use desks without partitions and walls, get rid of cubicles & private cabins and maintain an open work space. Yes, that’s the trick. Study from University of Arizona found that in an open office, people have high physical activity like walking, have better conversations & relationship with co-workers coupled with low stress levels, compared to people working in closed spaces like cubicles & desks with partitions. Open office design can contribute a lot towards betterment & health of workers. Some people may argue that open spaces are more noisy and can be distracting. Well, that’s for all the employees to maintain a healthy work environment. Don’t you think that office space should be open & more collaborative, given its health benefits? Do let us know your thoughts. Hopefully, It will also help to make a “few billions cut” in “workplace ill health costs” that take down about $225 billion a year from the US economy alone!
References: ABC News, Science Daily, Photo Thanks: Flickr.
Even in 21st century modern age, talking about our mental problems is considered as stigma while it’s a simple health problem like any other health problems. Anyway, you want a good mental health. Right? Okay. Just do ABC – “Act-Belong-Commit” mental health workout! It’s a simple DIY workout for good mental health. “Act” here means being active outside of work & engage yourself in social, spiritual & physical activities. “Belong” here means building strong relationships with friends, families & other community members. Belonging provides a kind of mental support & help in dealing with mental pain & stress. “Commit” here means your commitment to things that add meaning & purpose to your life, doing things that you love & reduce the feeling of self-centredness. It can include volunteerism, helping others, pursuing a hobby, accepting a challenge et cetera. Commitment helps in living an intentional life & boost brain with the feeling of “making a difference”. So, do ABC & keep your mind healthy. Happy ABC ahead…
References: The Conversation, Photo Thanks: PublicDomainPictures.Net.
Office & Ties – we all know that the two goes together traditionally in western world & now the “tie-culture” is everywhere. Tie has become part of daily working life. Some think that it’s a tradition that needs to be followed, some think tie gets them more respect, some think that wearing a tie makes a difference in professionalism! Well, that’s typical mindset about tie! Let’s know the health impact of wearing a tie. Tie presses the blood vessels which allow the blood to reach the brain & result is 7.5% cut in circulation to our brain which can be really brain-damaging. It suggests that only people with really high blood pressure should wear a tie. Further, a tight tie can increase pressure in the eyes which increases the risk of sight destroying disease. Also, tie just add another layer to your fatigue. It’s just stressful! You know that, right? With all this ‘tie-negative-stuff”, we can conclude that going “tie-free” is a good & smart idea! So, go “tie-free”! Less stress, better health, more productivity, more work!
Reference: Big Think, News Scientist, Photo Thanks: Pixabay.
When our mind is free, we feel boredom. But in the world of technology, is there any time left when our mind is free & we feel boredom? We guess no! As soon as we’re free from work, we turn to our gadgets to play a game, scroll through our social media wall or just mindlessly surf the web! No free time, no boredom, just work & fun! This is the case especially of the young population who have not faced the pre-screen era & spent more than 2 hours a day on social media taking the facilities available today for granted. Well, boredom is not bad. It gives us time to have a look on the real world around us, have some meaningful thinking & have some peace for our mind. Being busy 24/7 is not healthy for our mind as well. Boredom is key to a creative mind. After all, our mind is most creative when we ‘Just Relax’, ‘Sit idle’ and ‘Do Nothing for a while’. So, if you want to maximize your creativity, learn to be bored! Boredom is one of the most important ingredient of being creative.
Source: The Guardian, Minute Crunch, Photo Thanks: PxHere.
Water is the most important thing for survival. It’s much important than even food. A person can survive for about 2 months without food but for just about a week without water. For proper health, it’s important to drink sufficient water to remain hydrated. Institute of Medicine recommend 2.7 liters of water per day for women & 3.7 liters of water per day for men while some folks arbitrarily recommends 2 liters a day. Interestingly, our body has built in system for when & how much water we should drink. While percentage of water in the human body varies by age & gender, 50-65% of the average human body is water & when that water content goes below certain level, you feel the urge to drink water. So, keep water handy & make sure to have it whenever you feel thirsty! Be Cool!
Reference: The New York Times, ThoughtCo, Minute Crunch, Shop for Water Bottles, Photo Thanks: Pexels.
We all face difficult situations in life but we all deal with them with different perspectives. Some views the same situation from a positive point of view while others make negative feelings out of it. “Is the glass half empty or half full?” best justifies our mindset. You can be optimist (glass half full) or pessimist (half empty) for the same situation (water in glass). It all depends on how you view the world. When faced with a new or difficult situation, some say they are nervous while others say they are excited. Situation is same but not our perspective. Can we say that stress is more of the matter of mindset rather than being a real situation. We think we can. So, next time you feel stressed out or say “I’m stressed”, take a moment to ask yourself – “Am I really?”. We know you will get the relief as we have practiced this method & it works. So, don’t make life worst by repeating ‘stress, stress” all time. Just remember: “In life, there is always a long way to go. After all, alternatives never end. Life’s got plenty of opportunities”. So, you are not stressed out! Okay? Yep! Leave your answer in comments section.
References: Photo Thanks: Wikimedia.
You may guess that overweight people are more hungry naturally & so eat more which makes them obese. Well, research suggests a different reason. Overweight people eat more because they actually enjoy food less than skinny people and have an emotional connection with the food. So, at times, people with obesity don’t eat to satisfy their hunger but to satisfy their food-cravings & by eating more, they try to compensate for the lack of food enjoyment & get that feeling of satisfaction with the food. So, obese people eat more as they enjoy it less. Hunger is not the cause.
Reference: Daily Mail Online, Photo Thanks: PxHere.
#1 Go to bed at same time each night #2 Set alarm to buzz at least after 7 hours after you go to sleep #3 At least 4 hours before going to bed, don’t take drinks or food like coffee, tea, spicy foods & other eatables that include caffeine & can keep you awake #4 Exercise regularly but not right before bed time #5 Unplug all your gadgets & tech devices at least an hour before going to bed #6 If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid naps in daytime #7 Make your bedroom cool & free from noise & lights #8 Follow some calm habits (like reading) just before bedtime to help your mind go in calm mood #9 Make sure you have comfortable mattress & pillows #10 You tell us! Yep! Give your sleeping tip in the comments section!
Source: Sleep Foundation, Live Science, Photo Thanks: PxHere.