Stay healthy and happy with these “offbeat” body and mind fixes that actually work a treat
Are you feeling stressed out? Well get your colour pencils out and start colouring. Try this and other unusual practices that can contribute to your wellbeing in unexpected ways!
REDUCE STRESS BY COLOURING
Entire ranges of colouring books aimed at adults have been launched, and people everywhere are using them to tackle everything from stress to depression. “Colouring and drawing are mesmerising and as such, they bring us out of our habitual focus, stop repetitive thinking, and relax the brain, all of which help with stress,” says Cat Bennette, author of The Confident Creative Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind.
SIT UP STRAIGHT TO BE MORE POSITIVE
It’s easier to think happy, optimistic thoughts in straight-backed position. On the contrary, slumping makes it almost impossible. Research by professor Erik Peper at San Francisco State University showed that when people slumped and looked down, they couldn’t evoke any positive, empowering memories. He says, “What it shoes is that not only do the mind and emotions affect the body, the body also affects the mind and emotions.”
SOOTHE OFFICE ACHES AND PAINS WITH COFFEE
Working super hard and getting neck or arm aches because of it? While having your workstation adjusted may help in the long term, Norwegian researchers have found that drinking a cup of coffee before you start work will at least, stop the aching. Researchers believe that the caffeine in the coffee blocks pain receptors in the brain.
FIGHT ASTHMA BY EATING YOUR VEGGIES
One to two cups of lightly steamed cruciferous vegetables – think broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower – eaten daily changes airway formation, helping asthmatics breathe easier, and may even reverse lung damage caused by the condition, says a study from the University of Melbourne. Don’t throw away your inhaler just yet though, researcher Nadia Mazarakis, who found the benefit, is careful to point out that you should use the veggie boost alongside your medication (not replace it).
COMBAT FOOD POISONING WITH RED WINE
Researchers from the University of Missouri found that ingredients in red grape skins (possibly resveratrol or acids) help kill bacteria like E.coli that trigger tummy woes, and so might be able to protect against food poisoning. Lead researcher Dr Azlin Mustapha also says that having a glass of wine if you’ve already got an upset stomach, may decrease symptoms by killing off the multiplying pathogens. If drinking when you feel ill doesn’t sound appealing, focus on prevention – always practise good food hygiene and have a glass of wine as insurance. But note, white wine didn’t show results against the bugs, only red – specifically cabernet, merlot and zinfandel varieties.