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In these times, when we are in our house, we often ignore our responsibilities and stay idle. We may think that it is our way of relaxing- but it is not. Laziness can affect us greatly than we expect- it can cause excessive stress and physical disturbance. Also, this can lead to irreversible health damage. So, here are some of the practices you can nourish to put an end to your laziness.

1. Eat Good Food for a Better Mood

According to studies, there is a link between diet and mental health, not just specific foods or nutrients, which means that there is no superfood for mental health rather it is important to have a balanced diet.

So, eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, wholegrain cereals, legumes, low-fat dairy, lean meat, and oily fish will make you healthy not just physically but also mentally. Keep in mind that what is good for your mood is what good for your mind.

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2. Neglecting Negative Thoughts

Whenever there is a negative thought creeping in your mind, yelling STOP mentally could help. Execute deep breathes. Saying Positive Affirmations. And relax.

Overcoming negative thinking will always be a daily struggle. If the above mentions could not help, certainly this interview can help.

“When you have a negative thought during the day, jot it down, and tell yourself that you’ll review them during NTT. Over time, you will gain control and negative thinking will stop.” -Julie Kantor, Ph.D., JP Kantor Consulting

NTT means negative thought time when you have 10 minutes every day to ponder your pessimistic thoughts.

3. Meditation for Concentration

Meditation is a mental exercise that trains concentration and awareness. A 2011 study from the Harvard Medical School shows a connection between mindfulness and processing new information.

“Mindfulness helps increase self-awareness by increasing the ability to examine one’s thoughts and feelings without judgment, which ends up improving self-esteem,” says Brian Wind, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer at JourneyPure.

To sum it up, meditating can help you finish your goals, process information easily, and can boost your confidence.

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4. A Good Night Sleep to Keep You At Ease

Sleeping for 7-8 hours can help maintain your brain functionality. It helps your body to recharge to have a fresh and alive morning. When you are sleeping, the brain is reviewing your daily activities. It filters the important information that should remain, the reason why you have a clearer mind after you wake up from sleep.

In addition to this, taking a good rest can decrease the possibility of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, poor mental health, and early death.

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5. Using of Phone Responsibly

Using phones cannot be avoided since we are in technological times. People nowadays depends mostly on their cellphones, since it is useful in many aspects. However, smartphones make a good servant but a bad master.

For instance, using phones after you wake up. I know most of you develop a habit of doing this. Did you know that this can cause tardiness? You immediately go and check your social media to check for notifications but then get disappointed if nothing pops out. Having a bad morning can ruin your whole day. Sometimes, to relieve your sadness you will spend too much time on your social media which is very wrong.

According to Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi, “immediately turning to your phone when you wake up can start your day off in a way that is more likely to increase stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed.”

In addition to this, a study conducted at Gothenburg in Sweden showed that high mobile phone use was directly correlated to increased reports of depression in both men and women.

Another example is using phones while eating. Using devices while munching on your food can lead to overeating because you are distracted and can lose track of just how many handfuls of chips you have devoured. It can also lose your appetite and compromise your eating habits.

And lastly is your habit of spending time with your cellphone during night time. Did you know that the blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin? Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle, making it difficult to sleep and wake up the next day.

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Indeed, the five steps mentioned above can help you to be productive when you practice it. Did you know that being able to perform your responsibilities can increase your self-esteem? It also, boost your dopamine level since finishing a task can give you satisfaction. Bear in mind that “With self-discipline anything is possible”.

Are you fond of drinking coffee when you cannot sleep or when you’re just too sleepy for an online class? Do you find yourself in the kitchen looking for your coffee maker when you are burnt-out, stressed, and fed up with the works and assessments? Trust me; you’re not alone. Almost half of the population in the world drinks coffee or addicted to it, too.
But did you know that there is an alternative option if you want to be a little bit healthier than your usual self? I know that you’ve heard of this before. Green Tea!

There are various researches out there (you can directly search it on your search engine) to prove that green teas have more benefits than your regular coffee. It has caffeine, yes. But much lesser than the coffees that we used to have. You can drain 3 to 5 cups of green tea a day, and it’s okay!

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Another good thing about it is that you can always find and drink it everywhere, just like how coffees are popular and in-demand. You can acquire it online (especially now that we are in a global pandemic, always be safe) or grab it in your local stores. It may vary in taste and color, but for sure, as long as it’s still green tea, and it has most of the same ingredients, the benefits are still there.
You can serve it hot, cold, or warm, depending on your taste.

Health Benefits of Green Tea in our Body

If you search it on the internet, you can see or read various articles and even researches to prove and present facts about the benefits and good chemicals green tea possess. It contains healthy bioactive compounds; it is rich in polyphenols (reduce inflammation and fights cancer) and contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG, also known as Catechin (antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage). It improves brain function; green tea has caffeine (a stimulant) that is lesser than coffee. Caffeine improves mood, vigilance, reaction time, and memory. It can reduce bad breath; catechins found in the drink can suppress bacteria’s growth, potentially lowering the risks of harmful infections. It helps you live longer; given that it helps prevent or protect you from the dangers of cancer or cardiovascular diseases, it makes sense that it could help you live longer.

Health Benefits to Children

Aside from the fact that it has reduced-caffeine in it, green teas are very tummy-friendly to most people. Unlike coffee, green teas can be very beneficial to children- it can be a great help to your body’s resistance to fighting common colds and flu. It is rich in Catechin (a flavan-3-ol; an antioxidant), which helps prevent cell damage, reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, and plays a part in aging and preventing many other diseases such as cancer.

Green Tea as Prevention to Many Diseases?

Green tea is loaded with nutrients and plant compounds that can have a positive effect on our bodies. In fact, researches have shown that those who drink green teas are significantly less likely to acquire different types of cancer compared to those who don’t drink. Green tea can also help lower the risk of developing type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease. Instead, it helps in the brain’s function (those who drink green tea had more excellent activity in the brain’s working-memory area) and improves dental health. It improves your blood flow and lowers your cholesterol because of the phytochemical that can be found in it.

Key Towards Fitness

If you are currently on your way towards fitness, this drink can also help you lose or drop a few pounds. The Caffeine and the Catechins it contains can boost your metabolism (Metabolism is the process that allows the body to convert the foods we consume into usable energy) and increase fat burning. Green Teas can help you burn an additional 75 to 100 calories per day.

Green tea has a vast range of possible health benefits, but just like any other thing. Too much (more than the prescribed cups) consumption of it can have a negative impact on the body’s homeostasis. Remember that no matter how promising a food/ a product may be, it’s still up to us if we would let it heal us or harm us. Be responsible for the food and drinks you eat; stay healthy!