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.

Things to do on a Lazy weekend!

How much we need or crave for a lazy Sunday or Saturday; what things can we do to enjoy our weekend lazily!

Weekend is the getaway from work; needed to restore our energies for the coming week and upcoming tasks. How eagerly we wait for the weekend, is well expressed by the most viral expressions around the office and on social medias; TGIF or Thank God it’s Friday. After working for 5-6 days at a stretch, strained and thronged; our body and mind needs rest and for that a break of 2 days is the most important thing that we usually look for. With increasing levels of stress and complexity of work, and longer work hours; weekends are now mostly of 2 days (especially in IT fields) or Saturdays are half-days (schools, banks, insurance, etc.) or alternate working. Be it a 2 day weekend or 1.5 or just 1 precious day; it inevitably is a must.

We eagerly wait for weekends and make long list of things to do on the weekend; planning way back before what all will we do this weekend, complete some pending works, or go for shopping or meet friends and family or just stay at home. Well, there is a long list of things to do on a weekend.

At times our weekends are very enticing and exciting when we go out on a trip, having endless options for entertainment. Staying in the city also we can have lots of fun. Some of us look for adventure, visiting a theme park or going to nearby sanctuary while other may simply love to get together with their friends and/or family and have fun. Some other may simply go for shopping or watching a movie in a theatre during weekend while some of us would opt to stay at home and watch movies either online or on DVD and lazy out ;). There are times when people feel lazy at the end of the workdays and weekend thus, looks lazier to the exhausted mind and body. This is the time when people have done a lot of work and now they just want to chill, relax and do nothing.

Being active on weekends shows our good energy level and enthusiasm for life, and it also helps us in keeping ourselves fit and fresh. But a lazy weekend can help in managing a good health and a balance between stress and relaxation.

Being lazy, also you can do a lot of things. Here is a list of thing that you can do on a weekend while feeling lazy:-

1) Be lazy on a Lazy weekend: On weekend you can afford to sleep for a long time. During weekdays due to work pressure we are usually deprived of some good sleep which is very necessary for our body. Research says that for being healthy 6-8 hours of sleep is required. On weekdays we don’t have such luxury most of the time so we can manage them on weekends and can affords to have a sleep of 10 hours and even more. This will help in balancing the weekdays’ stress.

2) Do plantation: You can go for plantation on weekend. Plant some flowers and if space permits you can also plant vegetables. You will find it very exciting, enriching and soothing at the same time.

3) Do nothing, make plans only: Sometimes it’s better to do nothing and you can enjoy that time in planning. Planning for future, planning for your next date with wife/girlfriend, planning for movies that are about to release. Planning for next trip/vacations. Early planning can help you in saving many bucks.

4) Invite friends to your home: If you are good at hosting then this could be a real fun. You can invite your friends and buddies to your home on weekend. Talking with them, watching movies together will take all your stress away. Remembering the old moments spent with them, you college days will bring smile on your face.

5) Day dreaming: It will cost you nothing but it can give you more joys and delights that you are looking for. May be you can lay the foundation of a big project or a viable business while day dreaming.

6) Watch televisions: You can watch old movies and other programs that you were not able to see during weekdays with your family or even alone. Have a cup of coffee /tea in the morning and then you can start watching television. These days there are options of recording TV shows on various setup boxes, you can record show that you love to watch and follow that up on weekend.

7) Read books: Having a self library or a self full of books is one of the coolest interior ideas; and to have a good collection of books on that beautiful shelf in no less than an asset. On weekends you can read books and build a collection. Reading books in a nice time pass and fruitful as well.

8) Do something different: Try your hand at new things that you ordinarily seldom do; like painting, collage making, crafts, stitching, DIY, etc. On weekends do things which you have never done but you would like to do, that you fantasize of.

9) Go for Shopping: You can take your time out and go for shopping, even window shopping is a real fun and sometimes get you the best of deals.

10) Learn to cook or try new recipes: Weekends are the perfect time to try your hands something different. Learning to cook or to try new recipes is good to try on weekend time. You can learn new recipes by going through various cooking manuals and articles and programs that usually runs on the TV or the internet bank.

11) Explore your area: It’s important to know the area you live in and weekend can turn into a great time to explore your area. Go out for a lazy walk through various streets and you may find new things, new stores, etc. that you have not seen or known earlier. Talk to your neighbors and know the society.

12) Cleaning: Weekend can be a good time for cleaning activities. You can use your weekend for cleaning of clothes and your home. You can do things like dusting, organizing clothes, arranging furniture and other interior. You can also rearrange your books, your files, your shelves and DVDs.

13) Write something: If you have the ability to write then you can enjoy your weekend by writing something. It could be anything that you love.

14) Listen to Music: Music is the best medicine for relaxation from tension and anxiety, as we all know. So listening to music is a good thing to do on weekend and relax.

15) Talk to Family and Friends: in the rush of office, work and traffic; we seldom get time to call and talk to our family members, relatives and friends. Use the laziness of weekend to stay in touch with your world. Share with them what’s going in your life and know about their problems. Sharing your feelings and thoughts with them will help you get light and ease-up, and also your bond will strengthen.

Be lazy bee on a weekend. Lazy Outside, Crazy Inside :)!

Why Adopt a Tree ?

Silly to some and gentle gesture for many others, it’s no less than the feeling of parenthood for me. Adopting a tree is one of the latest initiatives of the nature lovers and eco-conservationists to indulge society into planting a tree or to adopt a tree and take care of its well-being like you do of a kid.

Adopt a Tree

Adopt a Tree

You, me… all of us; we are all breathing in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 15-20 times a minute. Taking in the required oxygen, consuming it; we are customers of the nature. Cherishing the free of cost services of nature, we are and have been living since ages. Though nature never asks for a remuneration, but do we really don’t owe anything to nature in return of these precious services that are the source of our life.

Infact the ugly truth is that one side we are totally dependent on nature and on the other side we are deteriorating it for making houses, factories, farms, etc. Doesn’t it thus become our moral duty to do something to bring back a balance; at least a little bit also. Rural societies present a much pleasant presentation in this context. Every house small or big does have a few plants and trees in their courtyard; which is why the pollution is far less in these areas; the road traffic, etc. pollution factors also are minimal there. An adverse and serious situation presides in the urban areas, where industrial development-waste, traffic pollution, etc. thrives at a large scale. Living in big cities, we need to think of the topic a little more responsibly. Why?

I know, what would be your first hand reaction! One of the best modern concepts of our educated-urban societies is to curse the municipal body and government for everything; from, electricity, to bad road, for littering and garbage and pollution. But is that fair? To an extent that is right, but to think and shrug-off your shoulder saying what difference my small initiative would do, or I don’t have time is not done, neither justified nor acceptable. You never skip your breathing, you both breath-in and breath out, you never refuse to use a vehicle and offer to walk over the distance, you never say no to the use of the technology and machine causing pollution; or consuming oxygen. Why back-off during the payback time. As sincerely you use the services of nature, so sincere you must be in paying back to the nature.

Go a little green and help your society be clean. Support the nature and world survive a little longer. Don’t overlook your initiative. Every small initiative, when cumulated together will make a big difference. Doing your share you can motivate others and bring the change, today’s world needs; to conserve the precious riches of the nature for the generations to come.

To give and gift to the one, who asks for it does makes you happy; but giving to the one who never asks for is a surreal satisfaction. Trust me, plant a tree in your courtyard, balcony and terrace, or bring in some in-house plants. Water them, walk around them, talk to them, sing around them…; make a bond of love with them. Share your moments of happiness with them. When stressed, walk around them, look at their tender green leaves, touch them, water them; and see for yourself how magically your tension and anxiety will go away. Trees and plants, yes they can’t speak your language; but trust me without uttering a word, they do know us, make friends with us, cheer us, smile with us, share our feeling, and heal our pain. Along with giving oxygen, fruits and other medical/cooking benefits; they can be real companions. It is well said in the Indian mythologies also, that a tree is equivalent to 100 sons; your human child can still leave you, but a tree never leaves you, will accompany you for all life, will stand by you, will protect you, and will always love you.

If you cannot afford to have and maintain plants in your house, you can plant and adopt one in your nearby or frequently visited park or on the side of the roads or pavements of your society. Gift a plant or a tree to your beloved, to your kids.

I have a family of 24 plants with my spouse and trust me; in these three years of togetherness I have received a lot of love, peace, trust and bliss around them. They are no less than my own 24 children and we are a happy family together. Bring home your little green kids, surreal angels and share the bliss. If you already have, do share your stories with us.

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.