Saturday, October 3, 2015

Doing Dishes - A Great Stress Buster

This news did not come as a surprise to me because I enjoy washing dishes. Well, let me tell about that later.

Scientists say that washing dishes calms the mind and decreases the stress. The study authors wanted to find out how the mundane activities in life could be used to promote a mindful state and thus increase an overall sense of wellbeing.

After conducting a study with 51 students, the scientists found that mindful dishwashers, who focused on the smell of the soap, the warmth of the water and the feel of the dishes reported a decrease in nervousness by 27 percent and were positively inspired to a great extent. Those in the control group did not experience any benefits.

Wow! That sounds great!

Coming back to my story.  After packing the school bags the kids go to bed, the husband practices his guitar or will start watching television. I, on the other hand, will put on my praise and worship music, especially the ones by the  worship leader Sinach and will start doing the dishes.

I tell you it is such a meditative experience. The melodious musical atmosphere, the sound and feel of water, the smell of the soap, all these enhance the meditative experience. Before, I used to hate doing dishes, but now I eagerly await the time when I will be doing dishes.

Try it and see and let me know.

Bottom line- You can turn the mundane chores to improve your overall sense of wellbeing if you give a meditative twist to it.

Take care

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stay Aware - Early Detection Plan Breast Cancer App

Happy October!

As you are aware October is the “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”! So I just wanted to inform about a new health app by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a free app and it helps you to take proactive steps. It guides you about clinical breast exams, mammograms, risk factors, signs and symptoms and also self-examination. It reminds you to perform self-exams and schedule your visits for a mammogram and regular clinical checkups.

Here is the link to know more about it.

Being a woman is a great blessing. Being a wife and a mother you are the cornerstone of your home. So take care of yourself and start early to be proactive because the world needs you.

Take care

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Top Tips To Protect The Heart Health Of Your Family

 “I am joining the Saffolalife #ProtectHerHeart initiative and pledging my support to better heart health in Association with BlogAdda.”

Marriage is one the most beautiful moment in the life of a person. So I am really grateful that Saffolalife one of the leading brands in India has brought out this #ProtectHerHeart campaign. After taking the Weight-Heart test at Me and my hubby have come up with some excellent healthy lifestyle practices.


Meditate early in the morning and before going to bed. Meditation reduces stress and depression, increases sleep quality, it greatly enhances your thinking capacity and creativity and it helps to bring a balance in your life. So we prioritized meditation in our new healthy lifestyle plan.

Spending time together as a family

Depression can affect the heart health. Singing can be a beautiful routine which can chase the blues away. The husband loves to play guitar. So we decided to sing songs together as a family. The daughter has a beautiful voice and my son knows to play the Casio. So we thought why not we prioritize singing to create a positive and pleasing atmosphere in our home.

Prioritizing an active lifestyle

I am a great fan of walking. But my husband is not so. So we decided to prioritize an active lifestyle. We decided to go to parks than to spend more time in shopping malls. After much prodding the husband agreed to go for walks during the weekends. Something is better than nothing, what do you say?

Follow healthy dietary practices

I did a little research for this post and found that protein rich foods can boost your cardiovascular health. Eating foods that are rich in amino acids can reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness. Beet juice, which is high in nitrates boosts the power of your heart muscles and help in the pumping action of your heart. We decided to follow a healthy food routine and of course include more protein rich foods and beet juice in our diet.

Take care

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Top Tips To Boost Your Foot Health

Do you want to make the right investment to your foot health? Here are some thought provoking tips from Harvard Scientists.
The trick to buying comfortable shoes is to buy the ones that closely match the outline of your own feet. These are some great tips from a special report from Harvard Medical School:  Healthy Feet:Preventing and treating common foot problems

Poorly fitting shoes may also be one of the the reasons for calluses and corns which cause a great deal of discomfort while you walk. So heed to these great words of wisdom.

1.    Wait until the afternoon to shop for shoes — your feet naturally expand with use during the day and may swell in hot weather.
2.    Wear the same type of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes.
3.    Have the salesperson measure both of your feet — and get measured every time you buy new shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.
4.    Stand in the shoes. Make sure you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
5.    Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel. Is there enough room at the balls of the feet? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Don't rationalize that the shoes just need to be "broken in" or that they'll stretch with time. Find shoes that fit from the start.
6.    Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe's size or description. Sizes vary from one manufacturer to another. And no matter how comfortable an advertisement claims those shoes are, you're the real judge.
7.    Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your feet or cause blisters.
8.    Turn the shoes over and examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? Also, take the sole test as you walk around the shoe store: do the soles cushion against impact? Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoes feel.

Hope you would follow these awesome ideas while buying your next pair of shoes.

Take care,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Long Term Investment to Good Health - Being With Nature

Spending time in nature protects against a host of dreadful diseases such as
ü Depression
ü Diabetes
ü Obesity
ü Cardiovascular disease and
ü Cancer
Ming Kuo a health and wellness researcher says that nature has the ability to enhance the functioning of the body’s immune system. It seems that there are 21 possible pathways between nature and good health.

Nature is like a multivitamin which provides us with all the nutrients we need. People! Do not forget that we are a part of nature.

The researchers say that nature switches the body into rest and digest mode. We feel safe when we spend time with nature. So our body makes long term investments towards good health outcomes, growing, reproducing and building the immune system.

When you do not spend time with nature stress sets in and the body is in the fight or flight mode. It shuts down everything which are essential for the smooth functioning of the immune system.

On the other side of the coin, when you enjoy indoor activities, it may seem to be good up to a point. But you won’t get the phytonicides, mycobacterium vaccae, negative air ions and vitamin D producing sunlight. If you find all these terms new, then simply put, you miss out on all the good stuff which nature has to offer.

So for wholesome health spend more time with nature.

Take care,

Sunday, September 13, 2015

7 Best Practices That Boost Your Success Quotient

7 Best Practices That Boost Your Success Quotient

Bill Gates- “I do the dishes every night- other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it”. This was his answer when asked about what he enjoys doing that no one would expect from him.
Here, one of the most successful persons on the planet talks about doing dishes. So apart from hard work and intelligence, there must be some underlying qualities that make a person rise to the top, right?
After a word of prayer and much thought, I have listed seven best practices that would boost your success quotient
v  Humbleness
v  Emotional intelligence
v  Letting go
v  Inner strength
v  Open mind
v  Forgiving


Experts say that people who rise to the top have a highly integrated brain finely tuned for creativity. Scientists say that optimizing brain function should be your priority. So how would you go about this? Dr. Travis a US Neuroscientist says that brain integration may be the inner factor that leads to outer success.

So how would you achieve this? Researchers point out that people who want to excel in any field should consider learning transcendental meditation. Now what is that? This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a profound state of rest and relaxation.

Scientists say that meditation help preserve the brain’s gray matter that contains neurons. Meditation makes the connections between various regions of the brain stronger and greatly improves the attention span. Huffington Post has named some mega famous people who cannot live without meditation and they include Oprah, Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington.

“Beauty is a gift, Intelligence is an investment, Wealth is a result and Humility is an achievement”- Lars Hindrics

Humbleness opens up so many new avenues for learning, but on the other hand arrogance prevents you from learning any new thing. The successful people are laid back and easy going, they don’t have to demonstrate it all the time.

Dr. Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and she writes humility or ‘quiet ego’ as she calls it can be very powerful, it soothes the soul, provides excellence in leadership, increases work performance and self-control.

If you see someone like Steve Jobs he was really humble, never showed off, he just continued working hard and changing the world.

Emotional Intelligence

Travis Bradberry writes in Forbes that, emotional intelligence affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.

To be successful you need to have emotional intelligence, which is a flexible set of skills. The good thing about EI is that it can be acquired with practice. It includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. If you have people skills, it helps you to build great relationships with team members and customers.

The characteristics of emotionally intelligent people are
·         Not afraid of change
·         Being empathetic
·         Not perfectionists
·         Very balanced and
·         Gracious

Letting go

There is a powerful feeling of freedom in letting go which can catapult you to greater success. Some might think that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. But the opposite is true in some life situations, if you let it go you can achieve more.

Think of a balloon if it is tied to a weight it cannot fly higher. But if you remove that burden it flies higher and higher into the heavens. You may be holding on to the pain, hurt, losses or unhappy residue of your own choices- let them go. Let go of your frustration, anger, bitterness, fear whatsoever that is holding you.

You will find new horizons and uncharted territories opening in front of you, to take you higher and achieve success in life.

Inner strength

It is a hallmark of success. When you refuse to satisfy harmful or unnecessary desires and abstain from negative reactions, it adds to your inner strength. Your inner strength is like a powerful engine that motivates you towards your goals, helps you to overcome laziness and procrastination. It helps you to become assertive.

These steps can help you to increase your inner strength
ü  Accept your weakness
ü  Reinforce your strong points
ü  Never compare yourself to others
ü  Focus on your positive attitudes
ü  Be strong in achieving your dream no matter what life may throw at you

Open Mind

“Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success”- Martha Stewart

Keeping an open mind attracts you to all possibilities and greatly enhances your success rate. You should be willing to consider or receive new and different ideas. Open mind means being flexible and adaptive to new experiences.

Being open minded is another valuable outcome of critical thinking and reasoning. People who are open minded will be receptive to new ideas which can boost their success rate. They may be also be ‘out of the box thinkers’ which forms the manure for creativity.

People who are resistant to change will find life less rewarding and dull which directly affects their self-improvement and success.


Shawne Duperon, a six time Emmy Award winning producer, international speaker, incest survivor and the visionary behind ‘The Project Forgive Foundation’ says
Forgiveness builds confidence, perseverance and responsibility. I think they are the essential fodder for success. She adds forgiveness is a long journey, not a linear process. Shock, anger, grief, acceptance and peace are the phases of forgiveness.

Research studies show that learning to forgive may improve our wellbeing. Scientists say that forgiving others protects women from depression. Forgiveness is a major part of relationship success. Good health and happy relationships can bolster our success quotient.

Take away

The term success has many underlying layers. In order to be successful be positive, think positive and act positive, because positivity breeds success.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Are You Addicted to Your Cellphone? Can You Suffer From Nomophobia?

Are you addicted to your cell phone? Some people feel they cannot live without their cellphone and they may become physically and emotionally affected. This has got a new term nomophobia.

Researchers from the Iowa State University have developed a questionnaire to find out whether you are a nomophobe.

Nomophobia Questionnaire 

1.  I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
2.  I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
3.  Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
4.  I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.
5.  Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.
6.  If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.
7.  If I did not have a data signal or could not connect to Wi-Fi, then I would constantly check to see if I had a signal or could find a Wi-Fi network.
8.  If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
9.  If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it.
If I did not have my smartphone with me:
1.  I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.
2.  I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.
3.  I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.
4.  I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.
5.  I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.
6.  I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.
7.  I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.
8.  I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.
9.  I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.
10.              I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.
11.              I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.

Take care,