How to Make Your Life Happier and Healthier

IMG_3229We all want to stay fit, look attractive and presentable. But anyone with a healthy body only can look fit, attractive and happy.

Staying happy and healthy in today’s stressful world is no more than easy, but there are some simple and effective things to do that work magically t our surprise. Here is a list of 15 easy and effective tips for a healthy and happy life:

• Drink at least 4-6l of water. Drinking water is one of the first tips you are given in context of many health related queries like acidity, skin problems like pimples, etc. Doctors say taking 2 glass of lukewarm water helps cool down the overnight heat of digestive system and also curbs acidity.

• Follow good eating habit. Your eating habit is a big determinant of your health to your knowledge or surprise. Do not drink water immediately after eating; instead keep a gap of at least 25-30 minutes. After eating do not immediately sit down or lie in the bed, take a little walk at least 10-15 minutes.

• Eat healthy and keep your diet balanced. Avoid eating stale and junk. Include more of fresh vegetables, fruits and salad in your diet. If you take a heavy meal or consume more than suggested calories (in parties, outings, etc.) compensate it with a walk of 30 minutes or more or do a little exercise later. And also balance your next meal with least amount of calories, taking in only salad or fruits as your next meal.

• Take 5 minutes of relaxation to meditate or just breathe in and out. Today’s life is all full of stress and it is no more possible to totally stay away from them. What is the need of time is to know how to deal with tension and anxiety. Practice a 5 minute relaxation and the best medicine to fight with stress is regular meditation and the simplest is to breathe in and out and relax your mind by pulling out all thoughts and emotions for that time and let your heart and mind be still, whenever you feel stressed. And there are many more such tips to use and practice to effectively deal with tension and anxiety.

• Sleep for 7-8 hours a day. Our body, parts and systems, all works very hard all day long and the sleep is inevitable requirement of the body to relax and restore the energies for the next day’s job.

• Think positive and be an optimistic. Future is totally unpredictable and uncontrollable; you cannot plan and handle everything. So, what best is do the right things, don’t foster grievances and grudges. Hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.

• Keep the stirring of your life in your own hands and don’t let others drive your happiness, energy and life. Believe in yourself, appreciate and cherish what all life has given you, don’t make yourself sad comparing your life with others, and most importantly do not get driven by others’ suggestions and advice for your house/work/life. Do hear what others’ are suggesting and telling, but do not let them drive you; take your own decisions considering what is really needed and what suits you and your life.

• Don’t over exert yourself. It is very important to know your limits and priorities your work and life accordingly. Do the job as per your capabilities, knowing what is important and what is not; what can you do on your own and for what you would need a help; know when and where to etc.

Best Tips to Effectively Deal with Tension and Anxiety

Stress or tension, more or less have become an integral part of every one’s life. Hectic work schedules, and over-demanding jobs and tasks make our life full of stress and tensions, which leads to anxiety and even depression. The same stress and tension of our work life get transmitted to the personal life and amongst our relations as well. Dealing with tension seems a little tough, just because we are hardly able to observe and understand them.

From smaller too big, there are numerous incidents and events in our day to day life which makes us stressed and tensed. Tension is something that we can’t totally avoid or run away from, but there are certainly some tips and methods/ways which can help us in dealing with their symptoms and coming over them. It’s a true fact that if we are tension free then only we can have a smooth life, personal and professional, growing and moving forward.

Fighting with the stress is quite easy once we know the effective way to deal with tension and anxiety. Below are the some of the most easy and effective ways which can help us in dealing with our tension and anxiety:-

1) The best thing to do to lower stress is to share the problem, with boss at the workplace, with near ones in personal life and lovers in the love life. Keeping everything inside your heart and getting bothered about it would gradually harm your own health. Instead of getting restless, stuck on any problem; talk it out and seek a solution.

2) When feel stressed, take a walk. A walk of around half an hour would be helpful in reducing your current tension/stress. Morning walks, brisk walks and joggings are generally said to be a very good exercise, giving a good healthy start to the day and it also helps us in staying fit, burning extra calories and have more stamina.

3) Carry a positive frame of mind always. Positive thinking generates positive vibes which helps us in living life in a better way. Instead of thinking about problems surrounding you, think about the happier and brighter things in your life. Positive thinking of will help in lowering tension and anxiety.

4) Take pride in yourself: Appreciate yourself and your work. If you will not appreciate your work and credit yourself for your efforts, how can expect others to do so. So, first learn to be an admirer of yourself and others will then follow you. Enjoy your happiness, achievements and victory over the past problems. We all know that we go through various phases in our life and we should enjoy our good moments even in our bad times.

5) Make good rapport. Be nice to everyone, follow good mannerism and politeness. Appreciate other’s good work and encourage your colleagues and friends for their good work. Appreciate their dressing, sense of humor and try to avoid criticizing others. This will help you make a good image of you in your circle and people around you will start liking you.

6) Don’t rush to decisions. Give a proper thought before reaching to any conclusion and taking a final decision. Think about pros and cons of your decision and the after effects as well.

7) Do exercise on regular basis. Regular exercise and work out helps a lot in reducing tension and anxiety if it is done on daily basis. There are various yoga like meditation which also very effective. You can buy VCD and DVD from the market regarding the meditation tips. In the morning there are various TV and News channel which runs yoga programs.

8) Smile and laugh a lot, as it is the best medicine. Try to be happy and keep smiling all the time. Your smiling face will help you in a good mood and give you a good impression among others as well. Share a smile and in return you will get many, which makes it quiet a worthy investment.

9) Follow a routine. First make a routine for yourself, mark out your priorities and follow it so that you can take care of all your important works. Sometimes we miss any important work and that causes tension about the outcome of that.

Stress and stress born anxiety and depression is not at all good for our health and life. Control and get over these symptoms; and save yourself from future problems of blood pressure, heart disease, hair falls, and skin related problems. Stay tension and stress free and you can look more young and beautiful/handsome.

How to Keep our Environment Clean, Start with Your Society

We always love to be in a society that is clean and green. We all are advocates for a neat and clean society, pollution free environment; but how many of us do actually make an effort for that. Ask yourself? None of us would prefer to live in a dirty surrounding, there is hardly anyone who does not complains about unattended garbage, open manholes, filthy society and civic agencies not being prompt in their duties. It’s true that civic agencies are responsible for taking care of our society but it’s also important that we must realize our responsibilities to our society and environment; and do our share.

Clean Society

Clean Society

Shrugging off our shoulders of the litter and dirt, cursing the government and civic agencies is not entirely right. Living in the society, being a part of the environment, we too have a moral responsibility to contribute to the environment we are breathing in. Understand the situation with parties that you host at your home. When couple of guests visits your home, especially kids, definitely the house gets mismanaged and littered. The question is do we walk away blaming the guest and leave the house as it is; or we do get irritated, but clean the house and get it back into shape. Same should be our attitude and responsibility for our society, city and environment as well. Contribute your share!

Littered society

Littered society

Here are few easy and effective tips which will help us in keeping our society clean:-

1)    Be the change that you want to see in others: We always complain about the things and processes that have not been taken care of… Most of the time we ourselves don’t follow them. The first thing that is needed to be done is to change ourselves into the person we want others to be. Why wait for other to do the right things, take initiative and lead the way.

2)    Don’t litter: Please don’t litter in your society and/or roads. Set a good example. Use dustbins, it will help in keeping the society clean. If society is plagued by litter then consult with your society members, president and other authorities in order to organize an awareness camp. Work with them and volunteers to clean the litters.

3)    Don’t dispose garbage in open areas:  Use dustbin or other means for dumping the waste material. People even in urban areas are seen throwing the waste on road or around open park areas. By organizing awareness camp you can help them in understanding the importance of using dustbin.

4)    Plant trees/Adopt trees: You should plant trees in your society or you can also adapt any tree and take care of that. Trees will help in controlling the pollution atleast a little bit. Having lots of trees in your society will help you have fresh air for you and your kids, balanced rainfall, and with a beautiful green society you will inspire others to follow the track and save the city and environment.

5)    Proper storage of water: Water is the most important part of life. Excess or deficit, both, of water not only makes us cry, but can lead to severe damages as well. Proper storage of water can help us combat many problems. We should try to store rain waters; with proper arrangements and help of society members we can utilize them for future usage. Water logging around the society if not managed leads to mosquito breeding which can cause various disease like Dengue, malaria, chickengunia etc.

6)    Be real eco-friendly: Don’t just talk about eco-friendly concepts and principles, abide by them. Use herbals colors in Holi; avoid using crackers on Diwali; do not dump e-waste (worn out electrical equipments, gadgets, etc.) or plastic waste; avoid using vehicles for short distances, instead walk or use a bicycle; do not overcharge your mobile batteries, charge only when the battery drains out.

 

If you have any more suggestions and ideas, do share with us and we will include them in our ‘Help the Society’ list.

Know the Smartest Way to Use Your Credit Card

Credit cards we all use; but how many of us know the smartest way to use a credit card. Smartest way! Is this a new concept? Don’t worry, it’s nothing surprising. In today’s fast running life, hectic schedules and in the race to be ahead of our friends and colleagues; we hardly have time to spare on these minute points.

Credit Card

Credit cards or plastic money have become an integral part of our life today; providing us the luxury of purchasing things, paying bills, booking tickets without necessarily having cash in hands. No doubt this exemption on the requirement of hard cash has made our lives simpler and helps us maintain our expenses. At the same time this luxury leads us to overspending and we finally land in a situation where it becomes difficult to manage things later.

Using a credit card, we simply see the bright side; getting happy thinking that instead of paying the whole amount of payment/purchase in cash (which we may be short of); we used our credit card and will later pay the amount in various small installments over coming months. Doing so, most of us stay ignorant to the black side of this overspending and huge credit card bills. While paying small amounts month after month and keeping the credit card bill always in five digits or so, actually hits our savings and indirectly our other affordability.

So while knowing how to use a credit card, it is important to learn how we can make the best and effective use of our credit cards.

Here are few tips to make the smartest use of a credit card:-

1. Know the credit card before accepting it. Read the whole agreement and ask the agent to explain all the details like interest charges, service charges, benefits, rewards, etc.
2. Prefer to keep only one credit card. It’s true that they help us in crunch situation, but having too many of them can more likely lead to overspending and in huge bill amounts. Keep one credit card and earn reward point on that which you can later encash.
3. Avoid using credit card to make all purchases, even on the regular items like clothes, food, rashan, etc. It is advisable to use debit card or cash wherever possible, especially for smaller or regular expenses.
4. It is advisable to clear all dues on time. Paying minimum amount increases the interest and it will further take time to clear all your debt. Interest rates are usually very high which makes us pay more than what we have expected.
5. Know the billing cycle of card and spend in such a way that you can enjoy maximum interest free period before payment time.
6. Don’t miss your payment date. Pay off your credit card bills on time and get out of the credit debt on your card(s). Banks put a lot of charges on the bill amount and this may increase your expense. In case you are aware that you may miss the date inform the bank in advance about this.
7. Understand the star mark details of credit card statement. It is important to understand the statement and charges mentioned in that .This will help you in better utilization of your card and falling prey to the extra charges.
8. Stock your purchase receipts, so that you can match them with the statement and in case of any discrepancy you can refer to them and get the corrections done.
9. Mark a limit of expense for yourself, say 30-35% of your credit card limit with regard to the amount you can comfortably pay next month. If you spend more than that, it could be difficult for you to pay the amount at once. Then you will have to consequently keep paying further to clear the amount.
10. Banks provide cash withdrawal facility with the use of credit card, but try to avoid withdrawal using your card and live your life within your limitations.
11. Be active and know about the offers on your card, floating in the market. You should have full idea of which type of card you are using, which brands offers discount on them and what other benefits you have by using it smartly.
12. Don’t offer your credit card to friends or use your card for others’ shopping, even if they promise to pay the amount as you would be unnecessarily adding to your interest amount.
13. Try to save more and in case of emergency use that fund instead of using your card.

Effective Email Writing-Etiquettes and Tips

email1Simple and minor the point may sound, but e-mail writing etiquette surprisingly could play a pivotal role in your good or bad reviews. Incomplete message, cluttered message, email without a subject, email sent to wrong persons, delayed replies, these are some cases which you may take casually but are a direct reflection of professionalism and management skills. How hard you may work at preparing the excel reports or meeting the deadlines; if you are bad at prompt email writing and communication, you overall score will drop down. Why? Managers can’t be standing over your head all day long, sitting inside their cabins; they evaluate your work, your promptness and dedication to your job on how effective you are in completing your work and keeping your manager informed.

Here are few most effective rules to follow for effective email writing Etiquette:

1. Always use a subject line that is both relevant to the topic and precise; which is meaningful, relevant and referred to in mail content.
2. Use a greeting to start you mail.
3. Address a single topic in a single mail, as a mail talking about five different issues and topics may lose its impact.
4. Be precise and don’t write stories to convey your message. Keep your mails short.
5. Be to the point and don’t mislead the message.
6. If doubtful, just write precisely what you know and end you mail with a thanks.
7. Use capital letters only at the beginning of a sentence or to highlight important points.
8. Use a professional signature at the end of the mail with some space like:
a. XYZ
b. Senior Excutive – Customer Care
c. email – XYZ@abc.com
d. Mob. – +91 xxxxxxxxxx
e. Landline – 044 xxxxxxx
f. Fax No. – 044 xxxxxxxx
9. Check the spelling, grammar and punctuation before you send the mail.
10. If you are answering a mail, be sure that you answered to all the questions and pre-empt queries.
11. Keep your mails personal, writing the full name of the receiver or if not sure than you can use general salutation.
12. Be prompt at answering mail and make sure you reply all important mail by end of the day or within a preferred time frame of hours or days.
13. Attach only necessary files. If possible you can share the files or data sheet on common drives and inform the same in your mail.
14. Use a proper mail layout or prescribed format.
15. Don’t over use highlight or high priority icons, etc.
16. Follow the message thread, if any, as answering a thread message as an independent message with new subject may cause confusion.
17. Use disclaimers promptly. Be careful in using copyright messages, which need permission for copying or usage of the content.
18. Give a final look at the mail before you send it, to make sure you have written all important point and that there are no errors.
19. Use options like ‘Reply to All’, ’CC’ and ‘BCC’ only when required.
20. Keep archiving your important mails.
21. Know the difference between ‘To’ and ‘CC’, and use them accordingly. ‘To’ is used for the person to whom a message is directed at, while ‘CC’ is to keep the person in loop/informed.
22. Do not overuse a delivery or read receipt, as sending one to your boss or manager can get you in good trouble.
23. Carefully use abbreviations, jargon’s, shortened terms, technical words and emotions.
24. Use HTML messages when required or else prefer a text mail.
25. Avoid forwarding useless chain mails.
26. Do not discuss confidential information on emails, as emails can be on scan.
27. Use tags like urgent or important only when it is relevant.
28. Use active instead of passive tense in emails.
29. Use short sentences instead of long sentences.
30. Don’t use your official email id for sending personal mails or greeting cards unless important.
31. Don’t send controversial, offensive, racist or obscene remarks or mails.
32. Keep yourself updated with anti-viruses and check a mail or files for viruses, before sending to others.
33. Keep your language neutral and polite. Don’t get ironical or harsh unnecessarily.
34. Sign off the message at the end, writing ‘With Regards’ or ‘Thank You & Regards’ or Yours Faithfully’, etc.
35. Use exclamations only when required.
36. When you receive a message and it will take you time to get the required information, just let the person know that you received the email and will get back soon.
37. Resize or compress files before attaching them in email or zip them.
38. You can ask the receiver in advance before sending a large email or email with a large attachment.
39. Don’t add your name in the receiver’s box.