Healthy foods that will boost your mood
When you are stuck at home, feeling miz and dying for some fun, it can be tempting to turn to food to lift your spirits, but sugary or high calorie treats that may be super appealing in the moment will have negative consequences in the long run. Here are five healthy foods you can indulge in as proven mood boosters.
· Dark chocolate: is rich in mood boosting compounds
· Bananas: help synthesize feel-good hormones in the brain
· Berries: fruit and vegetables are linked to lower rates of depression
· Nuts and seeds: help to produces mood-boosting serotonin
· Coffee: increases the release of mood-boosting dopamine
It’s also important to feed your skin well. Origin Spa’s Honeybush Hydrating & Rejuvenating facial will nourish and hydrate your skin, leaving it visibly brighter and revitalised.
DIY therapeutic herbal tea from the pantry
One of the best ways to calm a sore throat is regularly drinking the right home-made herbal tea. Ginger is a miracle ingredient that is loaded with anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking ginger & honey tea in the morning can help to soothe your sore throat.
Method: Add a 1 cm piece of ginger, finely grated, to a cup of freshly boiled water. Let the grated ginger steep in the hot water for five minutes. This will help the water to draw all the nutritional properties from the ginger. If you prefer sweet tea, add some honey with its beneficial anti-bacterial properties.
Mentally adjusting to a new normal
Human beings are creatures of habit. We feel most secure when things go as planned and we are in control. However, the whole world has just been through many unprecedented weeks where we’ve had no idea what lies ahead and when life will return to normal – and we have not yet come through the uncertainty of it all. Here are five ways to help you mentally adjust to uncertainty:
· Be kind to yourself and others: Everyone has a different level of tolerance for uncertainty
· Reflect on past successes: You have come though stressful times before and survived
· Avoid dwelling on things you can’t control: Get out on the habit of focusing on negative events
· Control what you can: Focus on things you can control even if this is keeping up your daily routine
· Seek support from those you trust: Social support is important so reach out to family and friends.
Don’t stop washing your hands
As the weather begins to cool down we believe continuing to wash our hands regularly is our best defence against the common viruses and bacteria that can make us sick in winter, but it is important to keep our hands from becoming dry and cracked – and nails can become dry, just like the skin on your hands.
Follow our three hand health tips for happy, healthy hands as we head toward winter
· After you wash your hands keep them moist by using a hand cream containing moisture protection ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil or glycerine.
· Keep a small travel-size tube of your favourite hand cream in your handbag, at your desk and in your bathroom for easy access.
· Wear gloves when you wash the dishes.