Sometimes, in order to get global positive changes in life, one should simply look at his lifestyle. During a day, we do many things automatically. So why not turn them into helpful habits? It’s neither difficult nor boring.
Bright Side gathered 11 useful habits that will change your life for the better.
10. Start your day with a glass of water with lemon.
Make it a rule to drink a glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper every day. This ritual will start your metabolism by the time you begin your breakfast. Lemon juice contains vitamin C, which will increase your microbicidal immunity, while cayenne pepper will speed up your metabolism. Moreover, your skin condition will improve greatly after some time due to this easy action. It’s a simple action with great benefits.
9. Wipe your face with ice cubes made from a chamomile decoction.
Another useful morning habit is to wipe your face with ice cubes made from a chamomile decoction. It will help you forget about mimic wrinkles. In addition, it stimulates skin exchange processes. Right after the procedure, instead of morning edema, you will get a fresh blush on your face along with velvet skin.
8. Carry light snacks with you.
Harmful noshes are the enemies of a healthy lifestyle. Not eating those chocolate bars and cookies doesn’t seem to be that difficult. However, statistics show a different picture. In order to reduce the desire the eat unhealthy food between main meals, get into the habit of carrying healthy snacks. Those could be fruits, crispbreads, or yogurts. The habit of having snacks that don’t consist of simple carbohydrates will give you visible results in a month.
7. Use dental floss.
The condition of your teeth directly depends on your body’s health. Scientists even managed to prove the connection between teeth and cardiovascular diseases. That is why when taking care of one’s oral cavity, the usage of dental floss should be included. It helps to cleanse the space between your teeth from any food that became stuck while removing plaque in hard-to-reach places.
6. Eat an apple after each meal.
It is advisable to brush your teeth after every meal; however, it’s not always possible to do so. There is a very simple and yummy solution: after each meal, eat an apple. This will cleanse your mouth of any food stuck in your teeth, improve blood circulation in your gums, and normalize acidity in your mouth. Choose fresh vegetables and fruits, and you will never have to suffer from periodontitis.
5. Take a contrast shower every day.
Only a few minutes of this helpful procedure will bring tremendous benefits for your health. Contrast showers strengthen the nervous system and blood vessels. Moreover, a contrast shower is a main tool in the prevention and treatment of varicose veins.
4. Put a bottle of water on your desk.
Most people don’t even notice that they suffer from dehydration. If you’ve decided to have a healthy lifestyle, the first thing on your list should be drinking more water. Tea, coffee, and carbonated drinks are off this list. Always carry a bottle of pure water with you, and don’t forget to put another on your desk at work: you will drink more without much effort. To get an even greater effect, set a reminder on your phone to drink some water every hour.
3. Eat nuts.
Eat no less than 50 g of nuts daily — any nuts that you like. Thanks to fatty acids and omega-3, they strengthen the cardiovascular system, hair, and nails. In addition, nuts contain selenium, antioxidants, vitamin E, plant sterols (substances that lower the level of harmful cholesterol), potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. In short, they’re a storehouse of vitamins and nutrients.
2. Get yourself socks for sleeping.
In summer, socks can be cotton; in winter, opt for woolen. After taking a shower and before going to sleep, abundantly apply coconut oil with several drops of mint oil in it to your feet. Massage them to help the oil soak in, and then put on socks for the night. The result will make you happy right away because, in the morning, your feet will become soft and smooth. Moreover, one month later you will have forgotten all about rough skin on your heels.
1. Read every day.
Reading should become an unconditional habit because it improves your memory, logical thinking, and imagination. It was proven that regular reading can slow down (or even stop) Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In order to get used to reading faster, put books in every corner of your home: in the bathroom, in the kitchen, under the bed. Also, don’t forget to put a book in your bag so you can read both on public transport and when you are waiting for your friend in a cafe. If you have just started to develop a habit of reading, read for 15-20 minutes, and then start increasing the duration.
Bonus: Get used to healthy food options.
Here are some options to make your body stronger and healthier.
- For strong lungs, chew 3 to 5 peppermint leaves each day.
- To treat congestion, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a pot of hot water. Inhale the steam.
- Include raw ginger in your cooking. You can also take a supplement after consulting your doctor.
- Drink 2 to 3 cups of licorice root tea for a few days when suffering from respiratory or lung problems. To make the tea, add 1 teaspoon of licorice powder to a cup of hot water, cover, and steep for 10 minutes.
- Use oregano in your cooking.
- Include in your daily meals: garlic, turmeric, grapefruit, pomegranates, apples, and dark berries.